The Treetops formed in 2017 and are looking forward to performing at In the Soil Festival for their first time. With members pulled from different backgrounds, and different past bands, such as Lambs Become Lions, Journey to Aspen, Crystalyne, and Saints in Stereo, The Treetops have released four singles in 2019, including their latest, What if we stayed. “It’s the first kind of slow jam we’ve put out,” says lead guitarist, Vanessa Lepp.
“Our stuff isn’t crazy heavy, intense, or fast,” explains Lepp, but they are filled with catchy pop-infused melodies over indie – sometimes bordering on surfy – guitar riffs. Their 14 track debut album was recorded at Newcomb Studios and is in the final stages of mixing. The band expects to release the album in late June and have booked a southern Ontario tour, which is named after a song on the album, Are you ready to go.
Favourite ITS moments: “Playing with Eric [Conlon] is always an amazing experience for me, every show that we play is so much fun,” says Lepp, “but I think, in general, every time I step outside one of the venues, I see someone that I know, it’s such a great community event, I truly enjoy it.”
The Treetops picks for ITS 2019: Rhythm guitarist, Ethan Churchill, is looking forward to his first In the Soil experience: “For me, it’s getting to see the musical acts. I’m relatively new to St. Catharines, but I think In the Soil is a perfect vehicle for artists to promote themselves. I’m looking forward to seeing those acts.” For Lepp, it’s a combination of musical and visual arts that “I like the market and to see a lot of the art – I appreciate it and I hope I get to catch some of the acting gigs. And then just supporting all of the musical acts and my friends’ musical acts is something I also look forward to.”
The Treetops will be in full swing noon Sunday at the Festival Hub Stage.