What’s up, Marytree family? We have another installment for you from our Less Plugged In series! But first, a little backstory…
This band has been around in some shape or form since the mid-to-late 90’s. Starting in highschool as a two-piece + any drummer who would grace us with their skills, Marytree has gone through many changes over the years.
From a name that can’t decide whether or not to include that extra ‘e’ (which was dropped for some reason early on, until we got tired of being called Martyr, that is), to all the musicians that have come and gone, each leaving behind a little piece of their soul within the music, to everything we have experienced on and off the road, for better and for worse. And now, a group of guys who not only make the music better, but make me a better musician.
Marytree TRIED doing “acoustic” sets in years past when we were a 3-peice, but those were mainly comprised of me plugging my raggedy ole’ acoustic guitar into my 6×12 stack and playing exactly as if we were full-on electric, complete with that dirty little (ProCo) Rat! In a word (or two) it sucked…I was there, I know… But now…
Now I am a different musician. Not because of me, but because of my people. My team. My brothers from other mothers. My fellow lefty, who happens to be a record-producing sound guy, he showed me how to bring the power without all that volume (though I reserve the right! 😉 ), our keyboard-playing drummer who brings all the math to the yard, in the studio as well as the stage, and a guitar-wielding bass player who brings fresh perspective to the table. I credit them with our being able to bring you Less Plugged In. I credit them with taking these songs, some of which are now old enough to buy alcohol, and making them fresh and new.
“Trigger Happy” is a fine example of this. All that being said, I dedicate this video to my guys, with my sincere thanks for all that you do for, with and because of this band, this bond, this love. THIS is Marytree.
I also dedicate it to BobbyJo Sanchez, a good friend to me and Marytree, who was there in ’98 when this song was written, allowing me bounce ideas off of her, helping to shape it into what it became. See, I DO remember… 😉