Strangely, this gig was seated. Downstairs at The Garage. It makes no real sense, but at the tender age of nineteen I am already getting lazy and was quite happy to have a little sit down. That was until the band started. Taken By Trees are Swedish pop band who make music you want to dance and sway to. Fronted by Victoria Bergsman (formerly of ultra-twee band The Concretes) the band play as a five piece.
Taken By Trees released their second record, East of Eden, this year. It’s heavily influenced by traditional Pakistani and South Asian music and, when mixed with the band’s naturally Swedish-feel, creates a unique, laid back, wonderful sound. I really recommend picking up the record.
They are even more wonderful live. The drummer is particularly brilliant, it’s hard to go though a song without nodding your head or taping your feet. The show felt a bit like going on a voyage through the desert, but it still had that wonderful Swedish charm. The band opened to instrumental music played over a film played over the projector, and through the show they beamed imaged (of cats and red pandas (!!!), amongst other stuff) on the screen. My Boys was especially excellent, a cover of the, also brilliant, Animal Collective song My Girls. They also played a couple from their older album, including, one of my favourites, Lost And Found.
It was a wonderful show. Pick up the albums and go see them play! Here is the Taken By Trees Myspace.