Tall Firs

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Tall Firs
Origin Annapolis, Maryland, US
Genres Indie rock, folk rock
Years active 1990–present
Labels Ecstatic Peace!
Website Official website
Members Aaron Mullan
David Mies
Ryan Sawyer

Tall Firs are a New York City based underground electric folk rock band, originally formed in 1990 by teenagers Dave Mies and Aaron Mullan in Annapolis, Maryland. Their album, Tall Firs, was completed and released sixteen years later in 2006 on the independent music label Ecstatic Peace!.

Tall Firs grew out of an over-the-phone collaboration between Mies and Mullan, school friends who lived too far apart to walk to one another's houses. Allegedly, the two sat at home and cued up cassettes from the Circle Jerks and Sex Pistols to play over simultaneously. They did not play their first concert until eleven years later.

History[edit]

In 2006, the band was signed to Ecstatic Peace!, the record label of Thurston Moore. Their first album, Tall Firs, was made in the Sonic Youth studio, and after Moore and Andrew Kesin, heads of Ecstatic Peace! heard the album, they asked to release it.

The band is based in Brooklyn New York. Over the past 10 years[when?] they have shared stages with Thurston Moore, Silver Apples, Jeff Mangum, Shellac, Awesome Color, Emily Haines, Sonic Youth, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, Magic Markers, Kurt Vile and others.

Tall Firs' second album, entitled Too Old to Die Young, was released in March 2008 and includes the contribution of drummer/ vocalist, Ryan Sawyer, who toured and collaborated with the band as a full time member until 2011.

Tall Firs were chosen by Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival that he curated in March 2012 in Minehead, England,[1] and also to support him on his live shows that year.

In November 2013, the band played the final holiday camp edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, England.[2]

Members[edit]

Mullan began collaborating with Chris Corsano before moving on to work as a sound engineer and instrumentalist. He also plays bass guitar in the trio Hallogallo with Michael Rother and Steve Shelly.

Mies fronted a blues-rock band in Baltimore, backed by the Emo performers Colin Seven (Universal Order of Armageddon) and Monica DiGialleonardo (Moss Icon) before joining Mullan in New York to begin Tall Firs.

Drummer Sawyer is from Texas and was one of the first drummers in the band At the Drive-In. He moved to New York City in 1997 and has recorded or played live with acts such as Mekons, Massive Attack, TV on the Radio and The Fiery Furnaces. In addition to his role in Tall Firs, he is a member of Stars Like Fleas and Eye Contact. Sawyer participated as drummer 62 in the Boredoms 77 Boadrum performance on July 7, 2007, at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn.

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