From a rural village in Worcestershire, England, brothers Simon
(vocals) and Justin Jones
(guitar) formed And Also the Trees
in 1979 with bassist Steven Burrows
and drummer Nick Havas
. In response to an ad by the Cure
looking for support bands on their English tour, the Jones brothers sent a tape and ended up doing several dates and later an entire tour with Robert Smith
and co. in 1981. And Also the Trees
still hadn't released any material at that point, so the Cure's Lol Tolhurst
produced a single ("Shantell") and the band's eponymous debut album, released in February of 1984. Tolhurst's
work made the Cure
an easy pointer for And Also the Trees'
sound, though the fragile beauty of Joy Division
and the Chameleons
also lend comparisons. The band contributed a session to John Peel's
BBC radio show, and Continental critics lavished praise on subsequent albums Virus Meadow
(1986), The Millpond Years
(1988) and the live LP The Evening of the 24th
(released 1987). The notoriously fickle U.K. music press, however, deserted the waning Goth fad and the group was left drifting. Farewell to the Shade
, released in 1989, was And Also the Trees'
final British release, as well as the only album available in America (on Troy Records). The group moved to the German label Normal for 1992's Green Is the Sea
and The Klaxon
, released the following year.