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Between The Trees - Spain

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Ryan Kirkland - Guitar, lead vocals, keyboards

Josh Butler - Drums

Jeremy Butler - Bass guitar


Indie rock strikes in Orlando. This time the band isn’t hiding fully, but doing a camouflage deal. Between the Trees formed in 2005 and  released their debut album through Bonded Records in 2006. In 2007, they signed to Universal Republic Group, but it was later announced that this relationship had fallen through and their next album would be self-released. Their second album will be entitled Spain and will be released on August 11th, 2009. The album opens up with “We Can Try.” It’s an upbeat track fused together with keys, guitars, and clear vocals. The catchy track grabs your attentions with spots of brilliants and driving voices. “Spain,” the title track, also opens with keys and powerful vocals. It maintains the catchiness the “We Can Try” brought, but adds more flair to the vocals. “Spain” has all the making of a track that will stand the test of time and find itself on multiple medias (TV, Movies, and Radio). “The One Thing” slows the album down for the first time with a heartfelt track. The passionate lyrics roll off the tongue of Mr. Kirkland as the rest of the band follow suit with sensual tunes capping off everything. “One Last Time (Darlin’ II)” is another slower track that is similar to “The One Thing” as “Story of a Boy” brings the keys back into the picture as it reminds you of a Yellow Card or Life House type of track. the vocals are super clear, but the lyrics do start to repeat some which takes away from the impact of the others. “Miss You” is another sensual track with a great lyrical set. The music is kind of bland and just floats passed as the vocals can get a bit over the top and pitchy. “Move” is a great track with a faster pace than a lot of the album. The vocals gets a little pitchy on this track just like “Miss You” but the pace of the track mask it. This track has all the items that it needs to do some major work for the band. “Scarecrow” doesn’t really offer much that the other tracks don’t already. Ryan does hit some really high notes that a lot of artist probably wouldn’t be able to while “Gentleman” shows of a harder side. It gives you harder drums, swifter guitars, and slightly edgier vocals. The album concludes with “Changed By You” a very slow track the features a piano, Ryan and an awesome set of lyrics. It is full of passion, emotion, and energy. Ryan gives it his all, leaving nothing left in the tank. Overall the album is okay. It has it highs and lows like most albums do. The additions of the keys in some of the tracks really spice them up. The vocals are very clear for the most part as the music cruises passed. The lyrics were well written, but the one thing that I didn’t like was the lack of speed. There were only a couple tracks that were sped up. If more of those types of tracks were placed within the album would have become more diverse and have a better mix.   


Rating: 7 out of 10

Tracks To Watch:

Spain, Move, and Gentleman


Track List:

  1. We Can Try
  2. Spain
  3. The One Thing
  4. One Last Time (Darlin’ II)
  5. Story of a Boy
  6. Miss You
  7. Move
  8. Scarecrow
  9. Gentleman
  10. Changed By You

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