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  • Audio CD (September 19, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Bonded Records, Inc.
  • ASIN: B000I0RPDW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the debut album from Between The Trees.

About the Artist

"One tree represents where time and existence begins," ventures lead singer Ryan Kirkland. "The other is the end of everything. Between them is the time we're given on Earth. What matters is what we do with that time."

You can't get simpler - or more profound - than that. And it's not only the starting point for what you hear from these five guys. It's also the creed that's driven them to accomplish something extraordinary.

To appreciate this, as you spin The Story and The Song, remember this: Just three years ago, as the group was coming together, some of its members hadn't even begun to master their instruments.

"Playing well wasn't what drew us to each other," Ryan explains. "We figured that we would become good at what we did with time, and we didn't worry about how long that would take. What was always most important to us was our personal connections to each other. With that, we knew that we'd be able to do whatever we needed to do."

The independent release under Manager David McKenna's Bonded Records that landed on three Billboard charts in first week without true distribution ... the subsequent distribution deal with Universal Fontana that allowed the band to sell thousands more records without a major label ... the recent joint venture of Bonded with Universal Motown making BTT the first "upstream" from a Universal indie to a Universal major.

None of these witnesses to this band's rise might have believed, at one time, that anyone could climb so far, so quickly. Yet now, knowing Between the Trees, you could say that doing anything less would have been more of a surprise.

Their story - and their songs - trace back to the friendship that grew between Ryan and Josh some seven years ago. Ryan had been playing guitar for about a year; Josh announced that he was a drummer. "So," Ryan says, laughing, "someone who was not a great guitarist and someone who lied about playing drums started this band."

Josh's brother Jeremy soon wanted to come onboard; though he'd never played bass, he picked up the basics from Ryan. They worked as a trio for a while, morphed into an acoustic act, and then ran into Wes Anderson; he was recruited to play keyboards, though his previous experience was his high school drumcore. Maybe seven months later, willing to try anything once, they added an actual experienced musician, Brad Kriebel, who had been playing guitar with hardcore bands around Orlando for a few years.

Thus the stage was set and, early in 2005, Between the Trees began its adventures.

Their first steps were small. With most of them still in high school, they concentrated on local gigs: parties, church events and downtown clubs like the Social. After securing management, the plan was set forth to make their own full-length album. Manager McKenna formed Bonded Records for the purpose of this release and booked them with producer Pete Thornton (Shinedown, Paramore, Day of Fire). For six weeks, before tape rolled, they locked themselves into an intense pre-production regimen. The plan was to get their material ready to record; the result was that plus maybe five new songs that rocked as hard and spoke as truthfully as everything they'd already written.

"It was super-stressful," Ryan admits. "We usually write from experience, and it was hard to just sit in a room and pound out our ideas; that wasn't much of an experience at all. So we left the studio and went out into the neighborhood, into this nearby park area, almost like children. Kids can escape easily from the mundane, day-to-day routine; it's not so easy for us to get away and find ourselves again in that way. But we learned that again by going out into the forest, getting dirty and remembering why we do what we do. It was totally inspirational."

That spirit drives The Story and The Song. "The Forward" opens the album like a rocket; "You Cry a Tear to Start a River" brings it back, its good-time, sing-along beat cushioning a gentle descent into the shelter offered by hope. Everything in the middle - between these trees of liftoff and coming home - sums up what Between the Trees is about.

Now that the record is in the hands of Universal Motown, the world is the oyster for this young band. This acclaimed album is being re-released with fresh mixes from Mark Endert (Maroon 5, Madonna, Gavin Degraw); these songs are sure to be gracing the airwaves, big screen, and small screen in the very near future. The world is about to learn that the meaning of Between the Trees involves more than music; it's the beginning of comfort and joy, wisdom and celebration. This is a band not to be taken lightly and never to be forgotten, whose secrets and pleasures are there for all to enjoy ... between the trees.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cory Clubb on January 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Hailing from Orlando, Florida Christian indie rock group Between the Trees hit the airwaves with "The Way She Feels", a simple song that travels a girl's life from hardship to the healing arms of Jesus. The young musicians were drawn together through their love of music and friendship. From their website they declare: "The group has become known for their ability to create a common ground with the fans through their music using life experiences and friendship as their foundation." This remark is very true. The Story and the Song is a perfect title to the band's debut album, thus each song is packed with a story and a very strong message within.

On this album some of the band's topics range from relationships and cutting to hurtful words and their mom. Sounds like a wide range of topics, right? Yes, but Between the Trees have the real ability to connect with the listener and life. This becomes evident in the songs; "White Lights and Red Lights", "The Greatest of These", and "She Is..."

The lyrics are relevant to real emotions, feelings, and Christ. They even turn up the tempo on "Words", showing their ability to rock. On the track "A Time for Yohe" frontman Ryan Kirkland's voice drips with remorse and restoration. The last song "You Cry a Tear to Start a River" gives a folk flavor that reestablishes Jesus' love for us that is unmatched by none.

Between the Trees are a fresh faced and geared up band ready to take their message and music to those who may be struggling inside. They seem to have a uniqueness all to themselves, but fans of House of Heroes and The Fold will hear similarities.

Bands like this are good to hear, they bridge a daring gap in music today that stirs the voice of Christ and puts our thoughts and hearts back on track in times of need.
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By Kindle Customer on July 22, 2007
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Don't get me wrong.I don't hate emo. But emo is too emo for me. If there is such thing as good emo, Between the Trees' music would be one of them. Their album, the Story and the Song, is beautiful beyond words. Lyrically refreshing and easy to relate to. What could you ask from a band? Unlike many of their contemporaries, Between the Trees is a band with hope and purpose.Soulful voice of the main singer is strikingly similar to Fall Out Boy and Academy Is. Honestly though, Between the Trees' main singer is better voice than these two bands that I have mentioned though. With thousands of emo wanna be in the market, it is hard to find a band original and inspiring as Between the Trees.

Strongly recommended for the fans of Relient K, Emery, Academy Is, Blink 182, Fall Out Boy, Sherwood, and Mae.
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By Kristine Carroll on July 29, 2009
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This album is fantastic, but I am loving that so many of the comments are talking about how the listener cannot wait to hear them in the future because their newest album is about to come out and it is amazing! I am an intern for their record company, and I having heard it, I must say that I love it so much. If you can believe it possible, it is better than the first album. Spain is it's name. It is released on August 11th, 2009, and I cannot wait to see how great these guys get, because they are truly awesome guys. Support, enjoy, and spread the word.

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This is an excellent debut CD by an excellent band. They do a great job with playing the indie-post punk sound but not staying there. Each song sounds like it belongs (whereas many bands, when they try to switch sounds, kind of feel like they forced the transition) though some of the songs are far from the high-energy rock of the others. I'm very impressed and can't wait for album number two.
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By Jenny on January 7, 2012
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So I got the BTT CD in the mail today! It might've taken a while for it to get here since I ordered it (including today) 14 days ago. But it was probably due to holidays and such. Anyways, I loved it. It was in great condition.
As for the music. I love BTT. I especially like "A Time for Yohe." I do recommend for you to buy this Album. :D
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By Julian Puente on December 7, 2009
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The Story And The Song is a pretty good cd. I don't know much about the band and I bought this cd after watching the video "The Way She Feels". That was the best song on the cd in my opinion but overall it was good.
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By JayD on May 25, 2009
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This album is absouletly amazing. I can't wait for more albums by Between the Trees, I'm rather found of their sound. The vocals are enriched and emotion and I became enchanted instantly. This is a must buy.
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