With their debut album Giantree have made „We All Yell“ their motto and want to shout their emotions and thoughts out into the world. Even before the album release on March 23rd 2012, the singles “Time Loops” and “Communicate” were played on various radio stations, from FM4 in Vienna to SoundPortal in Graz and Radio Fritz in Berlin, and were sung along to enthusiastically at live concerts. “Life Was Young” finally succeeded in climbing to the top of the FM4 Charts.
Since the album release, Giantree have been touring Austria, the Czech Republic and Swizerland as the probably most frequently performing band of their genre. They feel quite at home on the stages of well known festivals such as the Frequency in St. Pölten, the Szene Openair in Lustenau and on the FM4 stage at the Donauinselfest in Vienna.
Since 2011 the quintet has been working on a sound with prominent bassriffs, distinctive Snaredrums and atmospheric synthesizers. The confident guitar, the slightly rough voice of Hele Maurer resonating through highs and lows and the accompanying polyphonic vocals create a mosaic of strength and reflectiveness.
With the help of metaphors and poetic pathos Giantree’s lyrics speak of existential topics such as hope and fear, love and loss, confidence and despair – at the same time indicating a new start with every ending.
“At the threshold between the abyss and the beginning is where Giantree’s music feels at home. Where the blackest black and a little light shake hands – that’s where their songs live. And it’s good that way.” (Alexandra Augustin FM4)
„On their debut album, Giantree dress self doubt in optimistic tunes. The comforting synthie-melancholia is a native Indie-Pop-promise which is itching to get onto the really big festival stages. (…) Fog dissolves into sunshine. A feeling of daytimelessness, as radiated by the likes of Arcade Fire or other great bands, spreads through Giantree’s debut. Despite all those sky high moments and intoxicating ring-a-ring-a-roses Giantree always dwell on self doubt and double edged memories. For wherever the californian sun shines, the shadows of the giant redwood trees fall too.”
(Juliane Fischer, The Gap: Review 2012)
“Not long ago the combo from Vienna where nothing but a delicate plant in the FM4 soundpark – but now they feel at home at the top of our charts.”
(Lina Simon, FM4: “Artist of the Week”, IV and acoustic session 2012)
”Whoever claims to know the Austrian music scene won’t get round this name any longer: Giantree! Whoever wants to get the big picture needs to get hold of the debut album – now! But beware: it’s addictive!”