The setting was just about perfect on the 4th May, the sun had brought out the crowds in London’s infamous Oxford Street, so the refuge of the 350 capacity historic 100 Club came as welcome relief. Pictures of past greats who had graced this stage decorated the jazz club combined with the unchanging décor, created a palpable air of gravitas and expectation. As the club began to fill to capacity, six hipsters shuffled on to stage and grabbed their respective instruments. Rather unassuming, the newcomers to the stage seemed just as likely to be a part of the crowd then performing. Once the opening song began and the members fitted into their roles, it was clear that Treetop Flyers would meet the expectation that the setting had placed upon them.
Supporting the release of there new album, Palomino they blazed through their opening few songs with sufficient skill and charisma. The recent album deals with a lot of turmoil the band have suffered over the past few years, including the death of a friend, broken marriages and the departure of the long-time bassist. Despite the painful and sometimes cathartic record, Treetop Flyers remain in good spirits whilst on stage. Surrounded by warm pallets of colour and sometimes tropical style songs, they complimented the glorious weather that was still fresh in the memory for the crowd.
What really seemed to give the band that extra edge was the inclusion of a percussionist on stage. Whilst on tour, the band met the new member and added her along to the live show. The inclusion of live percussion helped create the warm vibe of the set and added a further layer in an already well layered band. With the inclusion of another member, Treetop Flyers were reminiscent of Arcade Fire in aesthetics, although sonically have a bigger folk influence than Arcade Fire have ever had.
Of course, with such an emotional record there were quieter moments within the set. These moments really allowed the lead singer/guitarist: Reid Morrison to show his skills. As he played the song St Andrews Cross about the death of his father, the sorrow was etched across his face and really drove the song onwards. It did not deter from the upbeat parts of the set, it allowed them to be more impactful to the crowd, who became more responsive as the night carried on.
Having already checked off playing the main stage of Glastonbury in 2011, releasing two albums despite a string of personal issues and now joining the ranks of Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols who have played the iconic 100 Club, it seems like Treetop Flyers are going to be one of the big rising bands of the next few years.
Words by Jordan Emery