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Life In A Tree / Bio

Life In A Tree's music has been described as dynamic, rich and powerful, while being balanced with smart, meaningful lyrics. The music of this Wisconsin-based band is a blend of emo-indie rock that produces a unique sound that defies their young ages of 16 & 17. This group of youngsters got their start all the way back in the second grade when guitarist Tyler & DJ started guitar lessons and playing live together. After playing for their elementary school, the local newspaper described them as “so gifted, no other music was required to augment what they do”. They later solidified the entire group while in middle school, adding Bonham-style drummer Jimmy and forth generational singer Molly. Still incredibly young but with musical talents well-beyond their years, the band began to impress audiences of all-ages while playing live across Wisconsin in only the 8th grade. With their fan-base expanding daily, they continued to write & rehearse; perfecting their songs that would later be the musical backbone of their future two albums. While looking further to distinguish & diversify their melodies they added keyboardist Andrew Conley (son of a long-time local professional keyboardist). They went on to perform several times at Summerfest (aka..World Largest Music Festival), Harley Davidson’s 110th anniversary, Budweiser Pavilion, Summer Sounds Concert series, Steel Bridge Songfest, Oktoberfest, Trek Bicycles’ Pro-Biking event and many other festivals/music venues. They just finished releasing their latest full-length album January 2015 ‘For All You Listeners Out There’ wrapping up thirteen new tracks. Their mature live performances and memorable songs helped them bring home several accolades, including winning the (adult) Battle of The Bands at Miramar Theatre as well as the Oktoberfest/BMO Harris Bank contest, among others. They will challenge your thoughts of youth versus musical talent and hopefully leave you with a wonderful feeling about the direction of the next generation of musicians.


“After listening to their album, their age becomes an irrelevant issue except as a good press angle. Some young or simply more limited rock bands suffer from every song sounding similar, but they avoid that trap”.
- The Faulkner Review

“With a special blend of emo and indie rock Life In A Tree bring forth their epic album to unleash its relentless sounds on an unsuspecting audience”

“For All You Listeners Out There draws to a close with ‘A New Place To Be’, with spluttering bluesy guitars and sassy, attitude filled vocals that bring the album to a satisfying end and establish Life In A Tree as a band that have talent in spades and a huge amount of variety at their fingertips.”
- CROSSRADAR UK publication

"This is one of those bands that you find on the listening stand at an independent record store and buy it immediately after hearing it, and listen to it for weeks on end. The whole band sounds thick and tight with a raw, live feeling reminiscent of the legendary rock n’ roll bands from the 70’s. All the songs are unique in their own way. My favorites being “Reach”, “If Only Trees Could Speak”, “3Hunna Thousand”, “Get The Best”, “Oxygen”, “Gravitate” and “Misoneism”.There 13 tracks to choose from, and without a doubt you’ll find your personal favorite somewhere in there."
- Jamsphere Magazine

“Wisconsin-based quintet Life In A Tree is fulfilling their musical destiny at the young age of a collective 16 years old. Targeting both kids and adults, the band possesses true sonic savvy in emphasis track “If Only Trees Could Speak,” with a mesh of rock instrumentation and a wondrously kaleidoscopic back-and-forth vocal performance from its members. LIAT sings: “Hear us sing, hear us yell, Watch me rid of this spell/If only trees could speak, too, You wouldn’t have to worry, would you?” “If Only Trees Could Speak” will indeed call out to the masses.”
- Chuck Taylor, Billboard Magazine for 15 years as a senior reporter/editor and a pro journalist for 30 years.

“Life in a Tree approaches the sound and aesthetic of alternative rock in a very personal way, refusing to get stuck in a box, defying genre definition and more importantly, sticking by their own vision and identity, as opposed to recklessly emulate their influence.The passion that the band managed to capture within their own studio discography, as well as the energy that they share with their audience from the stage is an essential component of their sound, and it is definitely what sets them apart from other young alternative rock bands around…and the public seems to take notice!”
- Laserfire Magazine - Andrea Caccese (Swedish columnist, music writer and publicist)

“Album opener “Reach,” meanwhile,” grinds with a blur of uptempo guitars and a vocal that scrapes the clouds; while “Reach” is so wondrously melodic (think radio break-out track) that it demands windows down and pedal to the metal while driving down the highway. In all, Life In a Tree is obviously blossoming as a mighty act that deserves critical mass.”
- Chuck Taylor Billboard Magazine for 15 years as a senior reporter/editor and a pro journalist for 30 years.

"With a diverse yet effective range of approaches “For All You Listeners Out There” shows the future of rock and the future is bright."
- Beach Sloth Music Blog

“Their debut album, "Trapped in My Treehouse," recorded last summer, is nothing to sneeze at either. The recording consists of highly-polished garage rock that can move with tidal waves of ferocious energy one minute and melancholy piano the next. The album provides listeners with a hint of good things to come from the young five-piece.”
- Michael Runyon, WauwatosaNow Publication (May 15, 2013)

General Info

Band Members
Molly - Vocals & Bass / Tyler - Guitar & Vocals / DJ - Guitar & Vocals / Jimmy - Drums & Percu
Artist Name
Life In A Tree
Home Page
Alternative / Rock / Indie Rock

Contact Info

Milwaukee, WI