Just four months after becoming a band, homebred quartetthe Breathing Treereleased an EP, and they haven’t looked back since. The Buffalo natives come toSoundlabthisFriday(Nov 26) for the CD release of their debut album,Let Love Grow. Having been on the scene for only two years, the group’s maturity shines through in their tight instrumentation and poetic lyrics. Comparisons have been made to Mae, but there’s a certain Deathcab for Cutie element in the way the band heightens the energy around lead singer Nicholas Williams’ honest, soft spoken lyrics. While a lot of other bands opt for the “louder faster” approach that drowns out the words, TBT takes a step back from all the noise. You can actually hear what Williams is saying, which only adds to the depth of their sound. Their connection is never more apparent than when they’re on stage, engaging the audience with their emotive, indie-pop style.
Artvoice Magazine / 2010
"While music today seems to be filled to the brim with party anthems and depression, The Breathing Tree brings us to a more hopeful and lively place with their debut full length Let Love Grow. After two years together, the band has gained a devoted following in the Buffalo music scene, their songs expressing the idea of growing up and falling in love in a refreshing manner. Where as many of their peers focus simply on the heartbreak and ending of a relationship, vocalist Nicholas William instead focuses on the dream of the perfect love and the joy that comes with finding that special person.
Each song is part of an overlapping story, which Nicholas describes as about a boy dreaming of his perfect girl and one day realizing its someone he has known his whole life, and the lyrics convey this in a way that is easy to understand, as many have experienced this in their youth. Despite the songs occasionally delving into reality by admitting that nothing lasts forever, the combined efforts of the band (rounded out by guitarist Bud Rozwood and drummer Kyle Hassenfratz) manage to keep the feeling of a brighter time coming with careful application of solos, fills and buildups that allow you to look towards what comes next during these more somber moments.
The band released Cue The Story the tracks first single early last spring, with a video for 398 being released in the early fall months to help build up the anticipation for the full album release set for November 26th." -
Nicholas Ramirez (Incite a Riot)