TREE


"Our Day Will Come" (Wonderdrug Records; 1999)

Reviewed by Brian Connelly

If a Tree falls in the forest and no one is there to see it, does it make a sound? After hearing this album, I kind of wish it didn't. Tree takes the most consistently annoying aspects of the wanna-be core scene today and throws them all into a mass of throbbing and monotonous stew. They take the hammer-you-over-the-head message of Earth Crisis, the teeny-bopping screaming vocal sound of Powerman 5000 (a former Wonderdrug band) and the sonic stubble of Stick. Imitation lyrics (that stoop so low as to make up the word "gladness" just to rhyme with madness) drone on about self-empowerment, capitalism, environmentalism etc. etc. Sheesh, just leave it up to hardcore masters who know what they're doing, please, like Snapcase or Agnostic Front. Subject matter ranges from the mundane to the ridiculous ("vee vie vicky vie vee vie voo vum?" That's deep, man) to the utterly sacrilegious: "Burning Seed" is a blatant pilfering of Alice in Chains' "Rooster," minus the personal touch. The motto here is while you're at it, might as well tarnish the best (i.e. a tactless and useless nod to Dylanís "Blowin' in the Wind" in said song).

A few strong points pop their dusty noggins out on occasion, however. River's vocals sound like Powerman 5000 at worst, but more like Initial Recordís Harvest at best on songs such as "Real" or "Ammunition," which also showcases Riverís vocal diversity. He exudes soulful Morrissey-meets-Scott Weiland vocals on aforementioned song's chorus. "Pesticide" exhibits a  powerfully catchy hook, which could really come across as meaningful if the lyrics werenít so trite. 

River should be careful when he states that "punk's dead." After all, most of the bandís appeal and power are derived from that late 80's punk/hardcore sound. They don't even have the creative ingenuity to try and meld that punk sound with new wave hardcore or metal (which holds punk rock as its godfather anyhow). Songs like "V.O.C." and "Ammunition" make Tree's roots painfully obvious.

Finally, please skip over the final track, which should be called something more like Stupid Silly Jack-off Mix. It's just the whole album all over again without the breaks in between. Feel free to notify me if you can figure out the purpose behind this. (Editor's note: According to a Rough Edge Reader, this track was designed so that a Tree fan could play the entire album for the price of one song on any jukebox). 

Visit the Tree Website: http://www.treemusic.com or visit the Wonderdrug Website: http://www.wonderdrugrecords.com


Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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