Declaring their style as “Rock/Funk/Ska with a dash of gypsy”, The TreeSleepers are a five piece musical troupe native to West Cork. Following four years of playing live shows and a 2011 debut EP, the band’s first full album, Say Yes To Everything, dropped in October 2014. It’s a record that adopts a somewhat unconventional approach to making music and makes for an entertaining listen.
Opening track, “Darker Fate”, commences with a funky beat, containing some trad hints buried in its fabric. The vocals are expressive and smooth, with an overall vibe that’s cool and collected. A more serious and complex riff gets “Cold Blooded” off the ground. Its jazzy melody is delivered amid exotic instrumentation. This is followed by an anticipatory bass line to introduce “21 Hookers and an Ounce of Coke.” A subtle riff and reserved vocals soon join in to guide things towards a bouncy beat that trucks along at a steady pace.
“Where Have You Gone” is a laid back, relaxed effort. Its mellow score and vocals remain solemn throughout. “True Fiction” turns in a different direction, with an exceution about which there is something very tongue-in-cheek. Its offbeat sound is conveyed with a sense of lightheartedness. “Breaking Tunes” is another quirky addition, featuring heavy guitars that burn consistently in the background without being overpowering. The upbeat vibe continues into “Shadows”. A more ominous air briefly sets in for the verse but is quickly defeated again by a buoyancy that persists to the end.
“Preacher” is an atomspheric and distinctive composition. Its infectious introductory riff unfolds nicely behind a lively melody that speeds up when the chorus hits. It’s followed by the flashy “Getting Stupid”, which has quite a gaudy feel. The irreverency endures into “Delirium Trembles”, while “Can’t Stop the Rot” closes things out with a slow burning riff and verses that are heavy on the bass.
There can be no doubt that The TreeSleepers have a genuinely good time making their music. You can feel their enjoyment throughout this album, which only works to its advantage. Say Yes To Everything is a sometimes eccentric, always unorthodox, ethnic rock album that’s worth sampling, particularly if you’re looking for a departure from the norm.