Blue Tree "Reflects"
on New Record
"This record is about transition," Lawson says of the new Blue
Tree album. "It represents all the changes that have happened
to me and the band since I moved back to Boston over a year and
half ago." Currently, Blue Tree is putting the finishing touches
on the new record titled "Reflections" and the release date is
set for October of 2002.
"We recently finished
mixing the record with our engineer and co-producer Brian Brown
at Fort Apache in Cambridge, Massachusetts," said Lawson. "I'm
really pleased with how the record sounds. Brian has done an awesome
job translating the ideas I had in my head onto tape." While things
have come together in the studio over the last several months,
the beginning of the recording project was anything but smooth.
Last summer, before going
into the studio, bassist Josh Tobin left the band. Shortly after
deciding to continue on with the recording project as a trio with
drummer Dave DeSimone (Winterboy) and guitarist Mike Leavey (Splendid
Nobodies), Lawson got word that his father had been diagnosed
with pancreatic cancer and quickly returned home to Florida. His
father died a few days after he returned and Lawson spent much
of the rest of 2001 in Florida with his family. He did manage
to return to Boston in the fall long enough for the band to record
a three-song demo at Fort Apache, which marked the beginning of
the new record.
end of last year was certainly a crazy time for me personally,"
he remembers. "I had to put things on hold for a while in order
to help out back home. While at times it was frustrating not being
in a position to work on the record sooner, I think in the end
it actually helped. Being back home gave me more time to work
on the songs, including writing some new ones." After returning
to Boston in January, Blue Tree began recording the album in February.
Judging from the studio mixes, the sound has expanded significantly
compared to the original demo CD "After the Fall" that was released
in September 2000.