DOWNLOAD: The Dead Trees, "Shelter" (mp3)
Like a less-slanted but every-bit-as-enchanting Pavement, the band formerly known as Furvis sound as if they were off enjoying their own range life on this track from their new, self-released 6 Songs EP. Well, maybe "enjoying" isn't the right word: singer Mike Cummings seems to be suffering from a crisis of faith as he addresses the big guy in the sky: "God, I think I had a little failure . . . I'm starting to rot." He needn't worry: ever since they changed their name to the Dead Trees, everything’s been going their way. Particularly of late: Todd Dahlhoff has been sitting in on bass in Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.'s band, and the Dead Trees have been opening for Hammond at big gigs -- including the recent one that brought Drew Barrymore out to see them. They'll be back home to headline upstairs at the Middle East on July 3 -- and, to bring things full circle, opening for Mr. Hammond tonight at the Paradise. In the meantime, you can ponder whether the combination of Drew sightings a ttheir gigs and the whistling intro to this track is destined to make them the next Peter Bjorn and John.