Fresh Fruit: Treehouse Kids
What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
The truth is, we never really considered calling ourselves anything else; it just came up one day while we were hanging out and it became official. We’ve talked about changing the name many times, but we always come to the conclusion that the most important thing isn’t the meaning of the name itself, but the feeling you give to that name.
Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
We’re mainly from Barcelona, Spain, although Andrew (vocals) is from Boston, MA. We all met in Barcelona through uni, except for Pau and Roger, who’ve known each other since they were three. The most recognisable landmark we could think of in Barcelona is probably the Sagrada Familia, a dope cathedral designed by Gaudí which has been being in construction for years – we still don’t know if we’ll ever be able to see the final product. Still, it’s really unique and huge, and definitely an icon of Barcelona.
Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-musical superpower?
Alex plays drums – he has the super power of playing video games. He’s level 28 on Pokemon Go.
Roger plays bass – he has the superpower of being able to do nothing. We’re still amazed by it, even today.
Pau plays guitar – he has the superpower of being forever-bearded. Since the day we met him, we’ve never seen the skin on his cheeks.
Andrew sings – he can eat unlimited Chipotle burritos. There’s not a single day where he’s not craving a burrito. This is a bit of a challenge in Barcelona where they’re yet to open one, but he goes nuts back home in the States. We still don’t get how his stomach can handle such a monotone diet.
Name your three biggest influences.
The Story So Far, Blink-182 and Real Friends, among a lot of other bands.
What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
We always argue about where to go to have dinner after rehearsal. Àlex seems to love sushi, because as he says, “it’s pop-punk ‘af’.” Roger can never make up his mind, so we end up spending the entire car ride arguing over where to go. We hardly ever come up with something that we all want, so we end up at the sketchiest place in town, or Taco Bell, which is pretty much the same thing.
What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
Making sure Roger’s gear is doing okay. It’s the only thing that could go wrong. We still don’t know why, but he has a thing for playing with either the knobs of the bass off – or unplugged.
Tell us about your most memorable show.
Our most memorable show was at a local gig with other bands from Barcelona. The tickets sold out online within hours, and the crowd was awesome. People came from all around the country, driving up to 600 miles to get to the show. We had a blast. The band wasn’t formed with all of the current members yet, but the ones who did have the chance to experience it totally agree that it was nuts.
What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
Since we were kids, we’ve always dreamed about opening for Blink-182 some day. Either that or for Nicki Minaj.
What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
It came out about a year ago, but we all loved Knuckle Puck’s last album, Copacetic. They really pushed the boundaries of the genre a lot further and created a unique spin on pop-punk.
What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
Our most recent EP is titled A Message To Your Past Self When You Believed In Different Things. You should buy it (or download it for free on our Bandcamp page – we love the support either way) because we dedicated months to each step of making the album. We try to be very honest in our music, and we really wanted to make it as professional as possible, so it was carefully pieced together. Let’s just say that it wasn’t recorded in a garage one afternoon. We also wanted to stay loyal to the pop-punk genre but leave our own mark at the same time.
If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
Our first thought would be something related to music, such as Fender, or any other big-name company – or maybe Vans, since it’s a brand we all use every day. Honestly, though, the number one company we’d really love to be endorsed by would be Chipotle. Hands down. Gotta get that free guac.
Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
Our dedication and passion really set us apart from other groups. We spend hours – and in the case of this EP, months – to make sure it is the best quality possible, while still maintaining integrity in our music. We continue to push ourselves every single day to try and create songs that help expand this style of music. That said, we honestly aren’t aiming to be at the top. We just want to have fun together, traveling to places we’ve never been before and meeting people from all over the world that share our interests and passion.
Other than Dave Grohl, who has the best beard in rock?
Dan O’Connor from Four Year Strong. That beard is majestic. Although, Pau looks pretty suave too.
Wrap your ears around Treehouse Kids’ latest single “Refrain” below!
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