Exclusive Music Video Premiere and Album Stream: The Dead Trees

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Published July 13, 2011

Portland-based band The Dead Trees have had a very good few years, all things considered, since forming in Boston in 2007: Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. heard their debut EP, Fort Music, and whisked the band away to support him for two US tours. Since then, they’ve released their debut full-length, King of Rosa (2008), and toured with MGMT, The Whigs, and others. Today marks the release of their sophomore album, WHATWAVE, which you can find streaming in full below. We’re also very excited to premiere the first video from the band’s new album, “World Gone Global,” above.

The video starts off on a slightly unsettling note: The Dead Trees are using an old school bus as a living space, and no one notices that Michael Ian Cummings—and his guitar—fall out of the back when the bus hits a bump. Bloody, but mostly unfazed, he picks up the guitar and launches into this laid-back surf-rock tune, wandering through a destroyed rural landscape, a river, and a trailer park—but eventually reconnecting with his bandmates and gaining, however briefly, an audience. We love a happy ending.

WHATWAVE IS OUT TODAY. FOR MORE ON THE DEAD TREES, VISIT THEIR MYSPACE.