ATLK Track Ten: Tree Fort Angst to The Tartans

Song 10 of 19 in the …One Last Kiss retread, otherwise known as After the Last Kiss…

Terry Banks who was the mastermind behind Tree Fort Angst has not taken a break since putting that band to bed. He’s gone on to play in the Saturday People and currently Julie Ocean, but Tree Fort Angst was the band that put him on the map. Early on, TFA appeared on numerous compilations (including of course …One Last Kiss) and put out a cassette only album. Later, they moved onto putting out 7″ single on Bus Stop, Parasol and A Turntable Friend. You can hear everything they ever put out, by getting you hands on the cd Last Page in the Book of Love. It’s still in print and easily gettable, and essential. What are you waiting for? Oh, yeah the song.
mp3: Tree Fort Angst – You Should’ve Seen The One That Got Away

With a name like The Tartans, it’s not surprising that this Los Angeles band looks to Scotland for their influences. Postcard records to be precise, and the sounds of Aztec Camera and Orange Juice. You don’t usually think indie pop when you think of LA, so the Tartans must be like some fish out of water around town. They’re not punk, metal or country, I’m surprised they let them keep an address in town. They’ve found some kindred spirits up the 101 in Oxnard, California and Yay! records as well as down in Miami, Florida with likes of Cloudberry. They’ve put out a single on each label. They exude a kind of bittersweetness that was often present in Tree Fort Angst songs. The Tartans alternate Boy-girl vocals, have swirly organs, excellent trumpet,jangly guitars and best of all very catchy songs. I’m amazed that there is actually a band that sound like the Tartans from the United States. I’ll never cease to be amazed.

mp3: The Tartans – Your Favorite Song (get both the Yay! single and Cloudberry single)


  1. bill p · August 5, 2008

    it’s very “can’t help myself” isn’t it.

    TFA was my favorite song on OLK.

  2. Toby · August 6, 2008

    Bill, the entire Cats of Camerford single is really good. The title song has some great trumpet.

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