They may be newcomers on the Canadian music scene, but Hearing Trees delivers a solid set
Exclaim! magazine show review, 7/10.
Hearing Trees only formed last year, but they still managed to deliver a solid set at the Windsor on a snowy November night. The quartet began with what appeared to be one of its improv music poetry sections, where vocalist/guitarist Graham Hnatiuk literally freestyles rhymes while the rest of the band play a moody instrumental underneath. Then Hnatiuk grabbed an acoustic guitar and launched into "Shipwrecker," the last song on their self-titled EP, released in June and produced by Les Jupes frontman Michael Petkau Falk.
One of the highlights was "Love Oblivion," which got one crowd member dancing and caused another to call for it again near the end of the set. Clocking in at two-and-a-half minutes, that's one of their catchier songs and it truly works as a natural born single that the Tragically Hip might have written. Overall, the band is heavily influenced by Canadian alt-rock and even Hnatiuk himself sort of sounds like Gord Downie when he sings.
Hearing Trees kept chugging away at their set and never seemed too phased by the gathered dozens of attendees. Hnatiuk ended up ditching his red hoodie for a black shirt and tie, something that's a small gesture, but really kind of dressed up the band's music and performance.