Leeds pretty boy quartet Treeboy & Arc are relatively fresh faces to the local music scene, but have very quickly gained themselves popularity after releasing their debut Single ‘Neighbourhood Witch‘ and following a number of commendable support slots alongside Slotface and Howl. This post-punk outfit swing back after their debut release with the new single ‘Austere‘, demonstrating similar Sub-Pop Records style gloom and riffage as Neighbourhood Witch, but developing their overall sound as a band.
The song builds with a winding bassline, sporting the same sense of dance-worthy dread a Joy Division song might convey, with the song growing more and more in arrangement before drum stabs and creepy guitar melodies cascade into screaming vocals. Treeboy have the same sense of bleak atmosphere as Amazing Snakeheads and all of the rage and chaos of Sonic Youth, melding all of those vibes together to make their own expansive sound.
Austere expands on that ambient sense of doom as it progresses, the arrangement of the song growing ever busier as all of the instruments counter each other in a vibrating mess of sound.
Treeboy & Arc are in the business of making a name for themselves in the Leeds scene, going on to make appearances at Live at Leeds and tuck themselves away to write and record more material. For those who love chaotic post-punk, Treeboy are a band to revel in.