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Victoria, BC-based indie-rock/pop band, Towers and Trees have recently released a video for their newest single, “Head Down / Heart Up”, which features their signature sound – anthemic hooks, infectious energy and poignant storytelling. Check out the video below and find out more about the band in our segment of Five Questions With.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
For sure! My name is Adrian and I’m the ‘frontman’ of sorts for Victoria BC indie pop-rock band Towers and Trees. My bandmates are Dave “Shredlinsky” Zellinsky (lead guitar), Dave Arter (bass) and Jesse Boland (drums).
T&T started in 2013 as a solo home-recording project, but quickly ‘grew up’ into a full band when our first single “Montreal” became a surprise local radio hit in Victoria and our music started to really come alive on stage together. Those early performances were electric with raw energy and we all quickly realized there was magic in the collective. Since then we’ve released 2 albums, played hundreds of shows in Western Canada and as far east as Montreal, and amassed WAY too many inside jokes that keep us laughing on the road.
We actually went on hiatus to end 2016 as we’d somewhat lost steam and focus after our last album The West Coast, but the four of us came back together shortly after.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
I like to describe T&T as “heart-driven” or “heart-first” music. I big part of our DNA and the ‘why’ of why we play music is using it as a vehicle to draw people together and create an authentic experience. So much of modern life is quick and surface and fleeting; our aim is to create space to share something genuinely human with people with whom we may not otherwise ever have a context for crossing paths. To me that’s far more defining of this project than a particular tonality, style, genre, etc. and it’s actually been fun to see our music and writing evolve over the course of our journey.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
Sharing our music live is easily our most favourite part of this whole deal. We try to put it all out there every night, and not just in the sense of performance or energy, but also by sharing from a place of authenticity and inviting the audience to be a part of that. If we’re dancing you can be sure we’ll try to get YOU dancing too, or clapping/snapping/singing along, or sharing in a quieter, emotive moment. The important thing there is fostering a meaningful connection with every audience.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
Well, right now it would be our new single “Head Down Heart Up.” It’s our first new song in a couple years and really captures the current heart and vision for this project. We call it an ‘anthem for overthinkers’ and it’s about learning to tune out the noise and anxiety that life can throw at you while learning to trust your heart. it’s available on all digital platforms and we are grateful for every play, save, playlist add, download, etc. that we can get!
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
Well, as far as aspirational favourites we’re definitely inspired on a daily basis by Arkells as far as work ethic, live presence and just making consistently great music. If through some combination of fortune and fate we achieve some of our aspirations for this band there are aspects of it that would look a lot like the trajectory Arkells are on.But maybe as a first step they’ll let us open for them next time they’re out west (hint hint)! 😉
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.