At the beginning of the 80s, Robert Smith asked And Also The Trees, an unknown group at the time, to support The Cure on two of their British tours.
The relationship between them became more than professional (Smith produced one of their first demos and Lol Tolhurst, The Cure drummer at the time, produced their debut album), developing into a long-term friendship, combined with an mutual admiration for each other's work.
In 2006, twenty seven years after the first And Also The Trees concert, which took place in a small town in Warwickshire, they recorded one of their best albums, (Listen For) The Rag And Bone Man, and proved themselves to be one of the few surviving 80s post-punk bands to still hold our attention.
Adapting to the intimacy of 7ème Ciel, three members of the band – Simon Huw Jones on vocals, Justin Jones on acoustic guitar and Ian Jenkins on double bass – played under the 7th heaven stars. It was their first ever acoustic gig.
The concert delighted the group so much that they released an acoustic album of some of their songs, called When the Rains Come, in 2009, and then followed it up with two acoustic European tours.
The friendship between And Also The Trees and 7ème Ciel was sealed a year later with the release of a beautiful vinyl record on then new label Les Disques du 7ème Ciel.