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Leeds’ Treeboy & Arc return with the announcement of their debut album, Natural Habitat, which is set for release on July 7th via EMI North, partnered with Clue Records. Accompanying the announcement, the five-piece has also shared the album’s lead single – arriving in the form of Retirement

One of the final tracks written for the album, Retirement‘s lyrics came together hastily, binding notebook pages and then recorded the next day. The track isn’t your average post-punk, and almost steps over the border into catchy Britpop. 


Speaking of the track, guitarist Ben Morgan states:

We recorded the album in winter and at the time I was working at a cafe/restaurant. Most mornings I would have to get up at 5am, it would still be pitch black outside, hurriedly dress in multiple layers top and bottom and endure the 20 or so minute cycle through the bitter cold to work. I would arrive just before 6am where I would drag 20 or so tables and their accompanying chairs from inside the restaurant and onto the outdoor terrace, despite the fact that I knew for certain not a single person would sit on them all day in the sub-zero temperatures. It was this utter futility that left me longing to retire, at 25.” He continues, ‘Being any kind of “creative” often takes a lot of hard work and to do it properly is almost like a full-time job in itself, except usually minus the financial gain. Many people are in a constant battle between survival and finding the time to do the things that truly matter to them, this is what ‘Retirement’ is about.

The single arrives with its accompanying music video, in which the band found the smallest possible pub in Leeds, and features retired people going about their day-to-day lives, completing crosswords, reading the paper, and just generally chilling out. 

Alongside the announcement of their debut album, and the release of Retirement, Treeboy & Arc also have today announced a headline show at London’s iconic Moth Club this October. The five-piece will also support DITZ next month across selected dates. 

Treeboy & Arc Tour Dates 2023

  • 18/04 – Nottingham, Bodega Social Club w/ DITZ
  • 19/04 – Manchester, SOUP w/ DITZ
  • 20/04 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club w/ DITZ
  • 21/04 – Cambridge, Sound & Vision
  • 10/06 – Bedford, Ceremony @ Esquires
  • 22/07 – Cheshire, Bluedot Festival
  • 18/10 – London, Moth Club

Katie Macbeth

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Katie Macbeth is a freelance music journalist for Indie Is Not A Genre based out of Manchester, presenter of @drunktankthink, and post punk enthusiast.

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