Treepeople - Guilt, Regret and Embarrassment 2LP
Treepeople - Guilt, Regret and Embarrassment 2LP (K Records/USA)
When folks talk about legendary bands from the Northwest, that list typically include Nirvana, Wipers, Dead Moon, The Sonics, Modest Mouse, Soundgarden, Mudhoney and the likes. However, some of my most treasured favorites from the region have never managed to garner that same sort of legendary status. The Treepeople were so special to my ears (winding guitars tangling with potent melodies) that I moved from NJ to Seattle to work for the record label C/Z just for the opportunity to be a part of their records in some small way.
RIYL: Archers of Loaf, Helium, Husker Du, and Polvo, and that little group Built To Spill that Dug started upon his exit of The Treepeople.
Treepeople were a band of their time, the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, and their place, Boise, ID and Seattle, WA, who created punk music that lives on into a future they never imagined. The members of Treepeople, Scott Schmaljohn, Pat Brown, Wayne Flower and Doug Martsch went on to form prominent ‘90s Northwest combos Built to Spill, Stuntman, Violent Green, The Halo Benders, and Hive.
The Treepeople sound is a jagged buzz crossing boundaries between the punk, hardcore, garage and grunge artists interwoven in the NW music scene. This is a Northwest classic, remastered and presented not only as an important document, also a collection of fab, adrenaline inducing songs.
The Treepeople album, Guilt, Regret and Embarrassment, originally released on Toxic Shock Records, has been given the DELUXE EDITION treatment here, expanded to a double album with the inclusion of songs originally appearing on singles and compilations from their earliest years. The original album was produced by Steve Fisk; additional material produced by Fisk, Jack Endino and other NW stalwarts. Guilt, Regret and Embarrassment DELUXE EDITION has been remastered by John Golden Mastering.