Organica in full: Local rock activists release full-length debut
Trees on Fire have attached themselves to several environmentally conscious movements, from their support of the efforts to save McIntire Park to their own organically-produced band merch– but with "Organica," their debut full-length album, they put that spirit down on paper. The 14-track release is an extension of the 2009 EP by the same name, which was originally marketed as the first of a four-part EP series, and proceeds will be directed to ecologically-minded charitable organizations both here in Virginia and down in Louisiana, where they did some of the recording.
"It was basically a two-year process with this album, so we grew a lot as musicians and the concept changed and evolved," says percussionist Paul Rosner. "The approach changed as we went along, which challenged us– we wanted to push our own envelope a little bit."
The album includes the three original Organica EP tracks, then veers off into eleven new pieces characterized by reggae rhythms, Radiohead-inspired orchestral melodies, three-part harmonies, and ethnic textures you wouldn't expect from a rock band – "a great big stew of stuff," as Rosner puts it.
"There's a sense of urgency that runs through a lot of our music– 'carpe diem,'" Rosner says. "We don't want to preach, but raise questions."
Trees on Fire releases Organica on Saturday, April 24 at The Jefferson Theater. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $15. You should really go. You know, carpe diem.