In the history of Exile On Mainstream we have seen a lot happening when it comes to bands becoming a part of the family and story of this label – from the somehow traditional way of listening to a demo, seeing the band playing live, being a longtime fan to establishing a friendship first and later getting hooked on what their musical approach and output is.
The signing of Treedeon marked walking this path full circle and simultaneously added a new, almost holistic way of incorporating a band in the Exile On Mainstream roster as we had the fortune of watching a band finding themselves, trying out different ways and approaches to exploring their sound and observing their progressions. It was stunning to see how the threepiece became what they are now: one of Europes most staggering outfits to lay pure emotional heaviness in sound and attitude over your maltreated souls. But let’s start from the beginning and tell the tale of Treedeons creation:
After the almost simultaneous demise of Germany’s Noise-stalwarts ULME and the 2nd spring of seminal Crossover punk/metal icons JINGO DE LUNCH, Ulme-guitarist and singer Arne and Jingo de Lunch singer Yvonne formed an acoustic bit named Treedeon. The founding of Treedeon was a result from Exile On Mainstream’s invitation for Arne to play an acoustic solo set on the 2012 (and final) edition of the SOUTH OF MAINSTREAM FESTIVAL. He asked Yvonne to accompany. Both played an intimate acoustic set as a two piece, not being sure if it would remain a one-off. Shortly after a 2nd gig was booked at Berlin’s Schokoladen where they met C. Böhm who offered to play drums.
A demo was recorded in November 2013 at Ossi’s Freitonkombinat Kreuzberg and unleashed to astonished fans making clear that the acoustic approach of the first giggery was snowballed by a new, but somehow expected monstrous valkyrie of sheer heaviness, duelling vocals and screams in emotional terror.
A much louder Treedeon played a first show in their local hangout ‘Franken Bar’ in Berlin. Their second show brought them to the infamous ROADBURN FESTIVAL, as part of Exile On Mainstream’s 15 years anniversary showcase. And what an impression they left!
The digitally released demo began rolling around among dedicated punters and created quite a buzz for the band, culminating in an invitation to play the STONED FROM THE UNDERGROUND FESTIVAL in July 2014. From this gig on, the band found themselves on the map for lovers of Noise, Sludge, and all kinds of heavy pumping riffage, combined with an emotional approach and intimate lyrics.
The first album “Lowest Level Reincarnation” was recorded At Berlin’s Wong Studio in November 2014 and released in February 2015. Gigs at further European festivals such as NORTH OF MAINSTREAM followed, and shows with label-mates Black Shape Of Nexus.
Andy Schünemann joins the band in March, playing their first show with this lineup at Berlin Swamp Festival.
It was back to Berlin’s Studio Wong again; with longtime-friend Andy Schünemann on drums this time (from the postrock instrumental 2-piece outfit Alphatrip) to record “Under The Manchineel” which was released in early 2018.
Lots of live shows:
“Hamburg is Droneburg VIII” Festival
Roadburn Festival, (Round two), as part of Exile On Mainstream’s 20th Anniversary Showcase.
Stoned from The Underground
Swamp Fest Berlin
Shows with Jucifer well as labelmates Bellrope / The Moth / Obelyskkh / Noisepicker
Yvonne: When Covid hit Berlin in early 2020, Shows were sadly cancelled… (Notably, Copenhagen’s ‘Northern Discomfort’) with no rescheduling in sight. Fortunately as a trio, we were able to legally (lol) frequent our practice room, allowing us to work on our third and upcoming LP “New World Hoarder” which we also recorded right there in the cellar thru August 2021
Treedeon did have a chance at a live show in late November 2021, at our favorite hangout Zukunft Am Ostkreuz, with labelmates Confusion Master
“New World Hoarder” gets it’s final Mastering
Shows being played: Swamp Conspiracy’s Sundowner Festival and the South of Mainstream anniversary festival
Arne releases his first Solo album; ‘Demons are Scared’; also on EOM… Yvonne and Ulf (Fluffi) Reinhard are also featured musicians on the record, Fluffi also managed the recording sessions and mixing.
Album Number Three: “New World Hoarder” released on EOM in March 2023
TREEDEON have released the following records on Exile On Mainstream. Click here for PURCHASE: