The Tall Trees is a band from Halifax, West Yorkshire, that has been playing together since 2014. They recently released a three-song EP entitled Misery Guts. These songs are no frills heavy rock. That’s really about it. The band turns it up loud and plays into classic rock moves that have been around since the late ’60s. They just do it really well.
They get going with “Strange and Frugal” and, hey, who doesn't love a song that starts with a build. We are greeting with palm muted guitars, tom drums and bass before the band explodes a little before the one-minute mark. The vocalist has a solid rock voice. It’s a bit aggressive yet playful and fun at the same time. There were no real surprises but the band certainly does a good job rocking out.
Next up is “Song for Jr” and they come out of the gate sounding like a mix between Queens of the Stone Age and a biker band. It’s got a growl to it and would definitely rock any local dive bar. The chorus contains more of a ’70s classic rock crunch. There’s also a fairly epic outro section that builds to a climax before they go back to the main riff one more time.
Last up is “Ain’t Worth While” and it was actually a little more ’80s sounding to me at points. It reminded me of some of the harder rock bands of that era. It’s very in the spirit of Spinal Tap and that sort of over the top rock which is a good time.
This was definitely a nostalgic type of sound. I was very much alive when this type of rock was heard in bars across the US. Times have changed but believe you me there are still tons of people out there who crave good, no frills hard rock. If you’re one of them this is an easy win.
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