Famous for including bright young spark, RICHARD HAWLEY, who would climb to honorary heights with LONGPIGS, PULP, RELAXED MUSCLE, and as a solo artist, TREEBOUND STORY breezed in and out of the fickle indie-pop fraternity during the latter half of the 80s. Comprising Paul Currie (vocals, guitar), RH (guitar), Paul Infanti (bass) and Rob Gregory (drums), the jangly Sheffield combo were just another run-of-the-mill act singing tales of everyday woes, while trying hard to be the next ORANGE JUICE, AZTEC CAMERA or The SMITHS.
One John Peel session and four singles/EPs (all locally under a cartel) – from `I Remember’ and `My Life’s Example’ (on Fon Records) to `Swimming In The Heart Of Jane’ and `Take It’ (for Native Records) – maybe the definitive clue to HAWLEY’s true inspirations was in the last EP instalment, which concluded with a swansong rendition of the twee BURT BACHARACH and Hal David tune `Trains And Boats And Planes’. While HAWLEY was switching his motifs to further his lead singer/guitar ambitions (see above acts), Infanti became part of the band, Woodwork (check out 1997’s `Grade `A’ Joinery’), while Gregory duly drummed for BABYBIRD.
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