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Treepeople was an indie rock band from Boise, Idaho, although they spent most of their time (and were officially based) in Seattle, Washington. The band was comprised of Pat Brown, Wayne Rhino Flower, Doug Martsch, and Scott Schmaljohn, many of whom were members of the Boise punk band State of Confusion. The band gained local notoriety and success in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but after losing members to family complications and other projects, particularly Martsch and Flower to The Halo Benders (and, subsequently, Martsch to Built to Spill) the group disbanded in 1994, having released three albums and a handful of singles.

The band are typically described as having a very dense, layered sound, playing pop-influenced indie rock (similar to that of Built to Spill, but harder-edged). This contributed to its short-lived success, as most of the Seattle music scene at the time was focused on Grunge bands like Nirvana.


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  • cultofsound

    I'm so glad I found these guys by a miraculous mistake. Incredibly underrated!

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • NickZ333

    awesome music! where i can download treepeople - filter?

    20 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Teh_Zombie

    a reunion would be swell

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
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    23 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Parksey10

    well there you go. thanks for that.

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • BrainPies

    @Parksey10: both. It was Martsch and Scott Schmaljohn on a dual guitar & vocals attack.

    16 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Parksey10

    so was Martsch the singer in this band or just the guitarist? it doesn't sound like him, or at least what I'm used to him sounding like in BTS. great band in any case.

    25 May 2011 Reply
  • TheJoosBox

    These guys are awesome!!! I don't know why I put them off for so long!!!!

    13 May 2011 Reply
  • bransonatron

    Treepeople are bloody fabulous.

    15 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Thurston_Whore

    Treepeople reunion would be like the best thing ever. :(

    14 Oct 2010 Reply
  • onisamsha

    This makes me wish I was born in '75 instead of '85.

    7 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Theecomer

    Saw them live seven times (back-to-back nights in Boise - fucking Crazy Horse!), including opening for Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr. here in Portland. Easily my favorite indie rock band of the early-nineties. My buddy would mini-interview the guys after each show, whether it be in Seattle, Olympia, Portland, Boise, or otherwise. They never trusted him. The Handcuffs version on the seven is much better than what the Toxic Shock version of GRE demonstrated. Same with Neil's Down version on the split with HOLS.

    4 Aug 2010 Reply
  • krukgrunge

    mmmm... coś pięknego :)

    7 Jun 2010 Reply
  • hugh027

    Their cover of The Smiths was a big mistake, but other than that, I like them.

    22 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Brushback

    Their 7" tracks are the best - "Important Things", the "Web In Front" cover, "More Than a Feeling"....

    9 Jan 2010 Reply
  • khambrel13

    after being introduced to them in '92 and seeing play a local some cunt from preston battle cruiser, they became my main musical influence for the next two-three years. they're a rare type of band; rare in that i like nearly every song by them.

    1 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Hanges

    i luv dis shit!

    15 Dec 2009 Reply
  • TheAntiNice

    Really hard to get a hold of but absolutely brilliant!

    31 Oct 2009 Reply
  • 2Fold

    anyone have any material by State of Confusion? or a link to the cover of Web in Front?

    25 Oct 2009 Reply
  • AloneInTheSky

    great band!

    6 Oct 2009 Reply
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