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Leaftree and Downey
Leaftree and Downey
lubbock, TX  USA
March 16, 2004
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Leaftree & Downey began establishing a loyal following of fans in 2000. Mainstream has kept an almost touchable distance, while the underground music addicts worked up an unquenchable appetite for their off center, usually off kilter and definitely unconventional approach to music. Formed in 2000 by internationally known artist/painter, Downey Burns, a.k.a. Downe. His artwork was a prominent leader of the southwest art craze that stormed the world in the late 80's. Leaftree continues satisfying masses of fans stirring just below the surface of the cooporate music community. However, the music has had several shining moments when piercing that cooporate veil. With the release of the single, "Chasing Rain", the buzzed college radio. Yet another national glimpse with the release "Fallen Kisses". The new millenium has seen more excursions into experimenting with the ever addictive synthesizer and combining the technology of computor into the studio. Reflective, Bittersweet, Rollicking, Autumnal, Amiable/Good-Natured, Intimate, Literate, Cerebral, Sophisticated. A listen to "Chasing Rain" proves that the main connection that Leaftree has is a haunting passion with a sometinmes eclectic and quirky undertone. Leaftree's music is complex and intricate, yet it flows so smoothly, it's easy to miss the bitter, brutal lyrics. However, the more spacious arrangements - complete with ringing pianos, echoing reverb, layered guitars and harmonies - accent Leaftree's melodies, making the record accessible. While the sound of "Chasing Rain" sometimes becomes more open and welcoming, songs still hold an insular and paranoid feel, evern though emotions have been cloaked well. Get our cd for FREE! Go to my website, www.leaftreeanddowney.com, sign the guestbook & you'll receive for FREE - our complete cd. It's that simple!!!
Band/artist history
Bio Formed in 2000 by well known artist/painter Downey Burns (a.k.a. Downe Burns). Downey's signature style paintings have been high profile in the 80's, 90's & today.- gracing the sets of television's Melrose Place, 90210 & Suddenly Susan. Growing up in Lubbock, TX around the family owned college record store made an undeniable impression on Downey. An opportunity to pursue his talent as a painter detoured his musical ambitions but landed him much success in the art community over the past 15 years. The "Music" has been waiting patiently, but could wait no more. In 2003 Downey set up his recording studio and began writing his music. With his reflective, bittersweet, eclectic and sometimes quirky rhthym and style - fans have taken notice and are asking for more. His first release contains 9 songs and the CD is titled "Chasing Rain".
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Studio hounds these days.....so sorry!!!
Your musical influences
R.E.M., Ten CC, Michael Penn, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, U2, Bruce Cockburn, Genesis, The Strokes, Jet, Supertramp, Violent Femmes, Seven Mary Three, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flaming Lips
What equipment do you use?
8 track recorder, yamaha keyboard, roland synth, cakewalk, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Anything else?
Great story about Charlie Chaplan. Excellent life application: "...during the height of his career, the infamous silent movie actor entered a "chaplan" lookalike contest without anyone's knowledge. He didn't win the contest...he didn't even make it to the final cut...". You figure it out! Most of us usually couldn't get the "real deal" if it was staring us in the face!!
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