Belfast teenagers Treehome have no respect for fashion or trends. What they have instead is impeccable musicianship and a focus on soulful songs and killer grooves. The band – guitar/vocalist Ben, drummer Michael and bassist Sam, plus their pick of Belfast’s jazz session musicians – are making waves with their funky and jazzy sound, notching consecutive appearances at Lisburn’s Sunflower Fest and a triumph at Northern Ireland Music Skills competition, making them the best band from all of Northern Ireland’s music colleges in 2015.
Their heroes are Steely Dan (“a perfect marriage of pop and jazz, which is what we’re going for”), while they also cite John Mayer, Incognito, James Taylor Quartet and jazz-fusion act Snarky Puppy as influences. Hardly typical for a trio of teenagers, but Treehome are steeped in music, having grown up in musical households and played together in various guises – from jazz to heavy rock – since they were kids. Their chops are honed, their vision is clear, and Treehome’s music is exuberant, soulful and direct. “Primarily it’s pop music,” explains Ben. “It has to be good songs.”