Scattered Trees Disband, Perform Final Show This Sunday, July 27th At Taste Of Lincoln, Members Rebrand As On An On
Though the group has spent 2012 focused on recording and funding its forthcoming record, word has come down that Scattered Trees are effectively splitting up. The group will perform their final show together this Sunday, July 29th at Taste of Lincoln, before members Nate Eiesland, Alissa Eiesland, and Ryne Estwing rebrand themselves as On An On. A full statement from the frontman Eiesland is below, followed by the group’s CVU podcast interview from this year’s SXSW, and two Audio Tree videos of the band performing live at Lincoln Hall.
I’ve got some REALLY big news for everyone who’s been keeping up with the band.
— SPOILER ALERT– EVERYTHING TURNS OUT GREAT
In the last three months Scattered Trees has been through a lot. Right before we began our journey to Toronto to record the new album, something wasn’t right in the band. Things weren’t coming together like they should. When we all got on a conference call to sort things out, Jason and Baron revealed that they were going to be leaving the band. It was really hard for everyone to come to terms with this, including Jason and Baron. We’ve toured across North America together for the past two years and the bonds formed from those experiences are really important to us all. We will always be great friends and everything between us is fine. Still, we had an album to record and no time to figure things out before leaving.
So there we were, Alissa, Ryne, and I, driving to Toronto contemplating what to do. We decided to go into the recording with open minds and a determination to stay true to our artistic instincts. We obviously couldn’t feel obligated to sound like we did when Baron and Jason were still in the band. It was literally a new lineup without them. We talked every day about if we should start a new project or keep the name Scattered Trees and find new members. After a lot of deliberation we finally made a decision. We would start a brand new band.
(Since we already started the Pledge drive before ST broke up, we lowered the crowd-sourcing goal to one third of the producer’s fee. The three of us are paying for all of the costs ourselves apart from this. All the Exclusives offered from the Pledge drive will still be fulfilled by Scattered trees as the last act of the band. Also, everyone that pledged is still going to receive their copy of the record they helped fund, only it will be the first album from the new group!)
After we made the decision, everything went really well in the studio. It was a fantastic experience that changed our approach to making records. We decided to get a studio drummer and dive into the record with full commitment. We started feeling and creating the music with a new energy and focus. We had so much fun! When all was said and done, the three of us, with the guidance of producer Dave Newfeld [Broken Social Scene, Super Furry Animals, Los Campesinos!] created an outstanding album that has a ton of energy and humanity. We can’t wait for you to hear it.
We hope you like the record and follow us with the new band. The new project is called ON AN ON. We’ve already got the band’s first tour on the books starting in September (with Reptar and Rubblebucket!), details to follow….Like us on FACEBOOK.COM/ITSONANON and Follow us on Twitter @itsonanon to stay connected.
So, therefore, Scattered Trees will be playing our final concerts later this month.
Thank you all so much for the years of support and love. We sincerely appreciate it.
Here’s to the next wave of music!