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OriginBoise, Idaho
GenresIndie rock, alternative rock, post-punk, grunge
Years active1988–1994, 2018-current
LabelsK Records
C/Z Records
Silence Records
Toxic Shock Records
Sonic Bubblegum Records
Associated actsBuilt to Spill
The Halo Benders
Farm Days
State of Confusion
The Hand
The Treatment
MembersDoug Martsch
Wayne Flower
Scott Schmaljohn
Troy Wright
Past membersPat Brown
Tony Reed
Eric Akre
Eric Carnell
John Polle

Treepeople was an alternative rock band from Boise, Idaho, although it spent most of its time and was officially based in Seattle, Washington. The band was composed of Pat Brown (née Schmaljohn, Scott's older brother), Wayne Rhino Flower, Doug Martsch, and Scott Schmaljohn. It also included drummer Eric Akre on the critically acclaimed album Just Kidding, 1991. Brown, Flower, and Schmaljohn were ex-members of the Boise punk band State of Confusion.[1] The band gained local notoriety and success in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but after losing members to family complications and other projects, particularly Martsch to Built to Spill, the group disbanded in 1994, having released three albums and a handful of singles. Scott Schmaljohn later played in Stuntman, The Hand, and The Treatment. Schmaljohn also guested on Built to Spill's 2009 album There Is No Enemy, playing on the song "Pat," a tribute to Pat Brown, who committed suicide in April 1999. Prior to his death, Pat fronted the band Hive. Wayne Flower went on to play in Violent Green and The Halo Benders with Doug Martsch and Calvin Johnson (of Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic and co-founder of K Records). Treepeople reformed in 2018 with Troy Wright taking over bass duties for Pat Brown.[2] Troy was the last drummer for State of Confusion. Treepeople started back up with shows at the 2018 Treefort music festival and played more dates in Portland, Seattle, Vancouver BC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, and Denver.


  • No Mouth Pipetting Cassette 1988 (self-released)
  • ImportantThings 7" 1988 Silence Records
  • Time Whore EP 1990 Silence Records
  • Makin' The D 7" 1990 Battery Records
  • Mistake 7" 1991 Sonic Bubblegum Records
  • split w/ House Of Large Sizes 7" 1991 Toxic Shock Records
  • Guilt, Regret, Embarrassment LP/CD 1991 Toxic Shock Records/K Records (reissue)
  • Something Vicious for Tomorrow EP/CD 1992 C/Z Records
  • Outside In 7" 1992 C/Z Records
  • Just Kidding CD 1993 C/Z Records
  • Hide And Find Out 7" 1993 Soil Records, UK
  • split w/ Archers Of Loaf 2x7" Sonic Bubblegum Records
  • Actual Re-Enactment CD 1994 C/Z Records
  • GRE Bonus Tracks 12" 2018 includes Makin the D 7" Silence Records
  • No Mouth Pipetting 12" 2018 repress of 1988 cassette Silence Records



  1. ^ Earles, Andrew (2014). Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981-1996. Voyageur Press. p. 336.
  2. ^ Rietmulder, Michael (March 15, 2018). "Built to Spill's Doug Martsch reunites with Seattle punk greats Treepeople". The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 9, 2018.

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