And Also The Trees are an English post-punk band. They formed in 1980 in the rolling countryside of Worcestershire. Produced by Robert Smith and Lol Tolhurst of The Cure when starting out, they have released ten studio albums so far.
France has always had a very special relationship with the band. Blame it on the shared dark tradition of shameless romanticism.
In 2007, they released what may well be one of their career highlights, (Listen For) The Rag and Bone Man. Hot on the heels of the album, they have just come up with When The Rains Come, an acoustic record that revisits some of the group's songs.
On both evenings, they played the Lavoir Moderne Parisien, a theatre just around the corner from the 7ème Ciel towers in the 18th arrondissement. The place is legendary. It was first described by Emile Zola in his 1877 novel, L' Assommoir, a powerful study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris.
With a new arrangement to suit the intimate setting of the venue, And Also The Trees, in the shape of Simon Huw Jones on vocals, Justin Jones on acoustic guitar, Ian Jenkins on bass and Emer Brizzolara on dulcimer, unveiled their new album.
The two concerts of great intensity brought together post-punk lovers and fans of haunted songwriting.