Rock 'n' roll isn't as complicated as the hyphen-happy critical world makes it out to be. For all the differences alleged between, say, the blues-rock of The Rolling Stones and the alt-rock of Pavement, a prefix-less guitar band can show how similar those styles really are. The Dead Trees
are just such a band. With a taste for jangly guitar pop and the Malkmus-y, conversational voice of main vocalist Michael Ian Cummings, the Los Angeles-via-Portland quartet definitely scratches the 90s slacker-rock itch. But their cover of the John Lennon tune "Surprise Surprise" and originals like "D.R. C. 1991" show off a taste for vintage barroom rock more rollin'-and-tumblin' than anything Pavement ever put out. Fiery, fun, guitar-driven songs are the mainstay here -- and that's all the description you need.
The Dead Trees open for Moldy Peaches alum Adam Green at Cafe Du Nord tonight and tomorrow night, and we highly recommend you get there early enough to catch their smile-spreading lesson in the genealogy of rock.
The Dead Trees
With Adam Green
at Cafe Du Nord
April 6 and 7
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