For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview a different local artist’s plans for 2011. Today: Scattered Trees!
Though for a while there it seemed the band was done for good, it turns out local mature rock act Scattered Trees are alive and well in 2011. According to the earnest folk-tinged unit’s drummer Baron Harper, the act is setting April as the release month for its forthcoming full length Sympathy, will which drop under the Roll Call/EMI imprint. Speaking about the effort, band’s frontman Nate Eiesland informs CVU that “Sympathy is a thematic album based on the grief and uncertainty that follows the loss of someone you love. There are songs that are bare and simple as well as moments of intensity. We intentionally used dynamics to convey different emotional complexities. It’s a sincere, emotional portrait of tragic loss.”
Catch Scattered Trees live at Schubas on January 21st, and head to the band’s Facebook page for a cover of John Lennon’s “Instant Karma,” its official site for a free download of “A Conversation,” and, while it lasts, this YouSendIt link for a download of gentle acoustic cut “Comforts of a Coat.” Or download the achingly vulnerable ”Love And Leave” by right-clicking on the link below, courtesy of Girlie Action.