Reid Morrison, Sam Beer and Laurie Sherman have come a long way since winning the Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Competition back in 2011. Since the release of their 2013 debut album, The Mountain Moves, the plaudits have poured in consistently, from such respected sources as The Guardian, Mojo, Q and Uncut. These boys mean real business.
Old Habits, the band?s latest album, channels the band?s seminal influences and carries the brandings of The Faces, Ronnie Lane, Traffic, Van Morrison and George Harrison lovingly and plainly for all to hear. And, for anyone who cares to delve a little deeper, there?s also lots of other enticing flavours to enjoy ? Stax soul, Motown, The Band and even The Stones. The album serves to underscore their musical self-confidence as well as standing as a statement of identity while staying true to their 60?s West Coast and psychedelia influences.
This is a band with a new lease of life and a new groove in their step. The soulful melancholy is still bubbling under the surface but their sound feels altogether more triumphant, looking to the future with hope and optimism. This is the assured sound of a band that has grown into itself and with the certainty that it can carry its audience with it and build an even bigger following on the journey.
London can call itself lucky to be the home of the excellent Treetop Flyers. Their mad mixture of both the familiar and the innovative leaves us all in awe, and fans most certainly can?t wait to see to what soaring heights the group will be flying next.