Live Review: Treetop Flyers with The Boy Who Trapped the Sun at Edinburgh Electric Circus – 8th May 2013

By on Wednesday, 29th May 2013 at 2:00 pm

London’s Treetop Flyers has come up in conversations I’ve had with Martin before; he saw them last year at Deer Shed Festival and said they ticked all the boxes for a band performing there with that kind of crowd. Would they go over well in somewhat stuffy Edinburgh, though? That remained to be seen through my eyes at Electric Circus, which, for the record, boasts one of the most beautiful seated areas I’ve ever seen in a club before.

The Boy Who Trapped the Sun Edinburgh live

The opener for the evening was Colin MacLeod, aka The Boy Who Trapped the Sun. A couple years ago TGTF did an interview with him and I’m looking at the photos now, ‘the boy’ has definitely grown up. It was during this set that I truly wished Cheryl was stood there with me that night; I am positive I wasn’t absorbing MacLeod’s stories the way I should have. As on the previous night at Glasgow King Tut’s where Sweet Baboo‘s Stephen Black was relating a story of how he was trying to convince his girlfriend to buy a motor home and he wrote a song called ‘Motor Home’, MacLeod has written a song called ‘California’ in which he’s trying to encourage his girlfriend that they need to move to where else? California. (Note to everyone reading this: why is everyone trying to get to America? California is really not that big of a deal… I don’t get it!) I’m not really sure that his was the right kind of act to precede the headliner, as I didn’t find much in parallel between the two acts, and for sure, many punters were stood at the bar and talking to their mates instead of listening to the first set, which I found disheartening. Boo.

Treetop Flyers Edinburgh live

I was expecting a Byrds-sy, Crosby, Stills and Nash-kind of sound from Treetop Flyers, and that was exactly what we got from them. I don’t know if it was because it was a week into my trip and maybe jetlag was kicking me in the arse, but it took some time for me to get into their set completely. The slower songs were not doing it for me, and it wasn’t until they kicked up their set a couple notches in tempo and sheer loudness that I finally felt like I was enjoying it.

After the meteoric rise of American folkies Fleet Foxes a couple years ago, I would often comtemplate, “are they really any better than the Beach Boys?” A similar case can be made in the case of Treetop Flyers, as if you closed your eyes at certain points of their show, you’d swear blind that you were listening to the Eagles. (See ‘Things Will Change’.) Which is not a bad thing. The question is how much of a snob you are about that Laurel Canyon-type of folk, I guess. ‘The Mountain Moves’ is the Flyer’s latest album, and it’s worth a listen and try out if this is the direction you tend to go towards. They are a fun band live and I certainly enjoyed myself, but that’s because I’ve been an Eagles fan all my life. Would John enjoy a set like this? Probably not.

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