Treeball are a musical collective based
in Helsinki Finland, since 2000. The band consists of one
Englishman, one American & 3 native Finns.
UK born Nick Triani moved to Finland in 1998, following the
demise of former UK based band Supermodel (Fire Records, Columbia
USA). Initially working in Finland as an in-demand producer
(acts Triani has produced include: Mummypowder, Giant Robot,
Sister Flo, Apulanta, The Rollstons, Astrid Swan, Manboy,
Montevideo) , Triani hooked up with Janne Lehtinen, lead singer/songwriter
with Mummypowder. The two of them started demoing Triani’s
songs, meanwhile trying to find likeminded souls to play with.
Aleksi Mänttäri (Krispies, Jonna Tervomaa, Mummypowder)
was recruited on Bass, Ville (Come Inside) keyboards, Astrid
Swan (keyboards, guitars & vocals) with Lehtinen taking
drumming duites alongside Triani on vocals and guitar.
In 2002 this line up of the band released debut album “The
Strawberry Blonde School Of Class” on respected Finnish
indie label Stupido Records. Well received in the Finnish
media as a landmark record in its own genre, Treeball had
After a series of shows to promote the debut album, keyboardist
Ville leaves the band and is replaced by American guitar player
Michael McDonald (Aleksi Ojala, Montevideo), and the definitive
line-up of the band. Treeball quickly record a series of new
songs to be released on “The Cat Formation of A Mouse
EP”, a 7inch vinyl only release on Turku based indie
Rhythm Barrell Records, in late 2003.
February 2004 sees the release of Treeball’s 2nd full
length album “National Treasure”, again liscensed
to Stupido Records, and once more receiving praise from the
Finnish media, and also picking up media and label interest
September 2004, sees Treeball team up with Canadian singer/songwriter
Aaron Booth for a joint mini album (IPX4) release through
Canadian indie stalwarts Endearing Records (Heavy Blinkers,
Julie Dorian). A joint series of concerts is organised that
sees Aaron Booth playing shows in Finland, with Treeball joining
Booth for a Canadian tour to promote the IPX4 release.
LIARS IN LOVE
2006 sees Treeball return with a new album “Liars In
Love”, a new record label (Kinkt), and a more expansive
approach as to what is the Treeball sound. “Liars In
Love” is inspired by the writings of cult American author
Richard Yates (the album title is taken from a Yates short
story). More intimate, the album is a loose concept tracing
the cracks and ultimate demise of a once loving relationship.
Triani & Astrid Swan sing a series of duets, revealing
in sometimes whispered trade offs’ the sadness of the
“Liars in Love” represents Treeball’s most
cohesive statement yet, set to win them more fans home and
Treeball are: Nick Triani, Astrid Swan, Aleksi Mänttäri,
Janne Lehtinen & Michael McDonald.