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TREESREACH + SLEEPING JESUS

  • Dick's Tap and Shake Room 1602 E Ave NE Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402 United States (map)

TREESREACH + SLEEPING JESUS

Doors 9PM | Show 9:30PM | $8/advance, $10/door

TREESREACH blends elements of rock, folk, jazz, classical, and chamber pop to offer a melodic, textural, and dynamic musical journey to its listeners, both on stage and in the studio. The band independently released its debut album Some Night You Will Hear Me Crowing in January of 2018. Songs contained on the album have received diverse stylistic comparisons, from Fleet Foxes to Pink Floyd, from Dawes to Radiohead, from Simon and Garfunkel to Built to Spill. And treesreach brings that dynamic array of music to the stage with a show that has been described as “serene, smooth, and even explosive at times.” Over the course of their career, the band has shared the stage with Blitzen Trapper, Vinyl Theatre, Gaelynn Lea, Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, The Lonely Biscuits, and many more. 

Members Dillon Rairdin and Riley Thurm met in the fall of 2010 in their home of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The two got their start playing acoustic shows under the moniker Live Broadcast, a hold-over name from a previous project Rairdin co-founded. In 2014, drummer Luke Long joined Live Broadcast and the trio played bars in and around Iowa, quickly cultivating a small but loyal fanbase. In 2017, Live Broadcast changed their name to treesreach in anticipation of their first full-length release: a double album entitled Some Night You Will Hear Me Crowing. 

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SLEEPING JESUS' ailed move to New York and new love was just the existential dilemma Minnesota's Nick Elstad needed to give life to his indie dream pop project, Sleeping Jesus. 2016 saw the release of the Perennial EP, a hazy and sweet four song journey of young love and the beautiful foolishness that accompanies it. The now five piece group went from basement to the main stage at First Avenue in one short year, picked as one of the best new bands of Minneapolis in 2016.

The groups new EP, "House Plants" was pulled together during the Minnesota winter of 2017. Like an Aural Lens into the life of Elstad over the last five years,"House Plants" contains both the most recent songs (COAST) and nearly one of the first songs he had finished (Gold Shades). Self indulgent and yet honest to the kaleidoscope of emotions evoked by the songs of "House Plants", the EP plays out more like a series of existential ramblings than pop tunes. The four songs are a personal and linear view of fleeting youth, wasted days, and young love.