Ashes for Trees
“Some-What Danceable Coffee House Rock”
Ashes for Trees began as a collaboration between percussionist Conrad Miller and singer/songwriter Katie Kelly. The two had played in several bands together prior to the formation of the group, but things never felt quite right. In the Fall of 2009, Miller and Kelly left an old project behind and formed Ashes for Trees. Mixing Miller’s love of classic rock and Katie’s heavy folk influence their sound grew into their “some-what danceable coffee house rock”.
After a year of playing alongside local metal bands the two decided to enter into the studio. At the time, their live show was very minimalistic; Miller played a set of congas and Katie simply sang and played guitar. In the studio, they were not held back by the limitations of the group’s small size, the instrumentation was rather lush – their songs took on a new life.
When it came time to release their first album they realized that they needed more players to fill out their sound. Coincidentally, Miller and Kelly were both taking music lessons with Vince Insalaco at the time. As a generous favor he stepped in to help and Ashes for Trees was very fortunate to welcome him into the band. He filled up their sound; making the band sound less like background noise, giving it a better presence.
Playing with Insalaco also allowed the group to develop a more cohesive sound. They began to develop their identity; their new material soon followed the same path. Less than a year after their first CD was release, the band went into the studio once again with a clearer vision. Their most recent release, The Wilkes-Barre EP, is a much more accurate representation of the group. Kelly remarks that it’s, “a much more organic sound, there are much less over dubs and lot more acoustic instruments”.
The trio has had a very busy schedule since the release of their second album. Most notably, as winners of the Electric City Listen Local contest, they had the opportunity to open up for national recording artist MiZ at the Scranton Cultural Center. They also had the pleasure of showcasing at the Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg.
Ashes for Trees is planning to tour in late June 2012 and are continuing their work with Joe Loftus on their next full length album.
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