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Firetree traipses West Coast

Group touring western Canada with debut EP The Space Between

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Late last week, the group was making their way towards Penticton and Osooyos on their first Canadian tour, promoting The Space Between , and listening to little bits of everything along the way: Mars Volta (prog rock), Incubus (rock), The Killers (alt-rock), The Flobots (an alterna rock/rap group), Eminem (rap) and even a few of their own tracks, just for fun.

"We were just looking at all of Canada when we first started kind of planning the tour. We had a few friends who had been over here - Kim Churchill, who I believe played up at Whistler, too, on his tour - and they all raved about how good the whole of Canada was and the response they got."

Plus, they thought their sound would fit in well on the West Coast music scene. It seems like they might have been right; all of the venues they've played, so far, have asked them to return during the summer, so The Firetree is making plans to hit Canada in a bigger way next year.

"I think we all want to move here after being here for three weeks," Buchan laughed.

Based out of Byron Bay, Australia, the band is pretty accustomed to beautiful scenery.

"We love Byron. We're recording our album at 301 Studios in Byron, and we love hanging out in Byron Bay. It's one of the best places in Australia, we think. But we're starting to think that B.C. might be the other 'best place in the world.'"

It seems like their first trip to British Columbia has made quite an impression.

"We're just loving B.C. at the moment, loving the Canadian response we've been getting and how friendly and warm they've been to us, and we've just seen the snow for the first time - we've been up in Kamloops - so that's been fantastic!"

Whistler is actually the last stop on this tour, hoping to build some momentum for the release of their first full-length album early next year. And while most bands would be a bit worn out at this point, The Firetree promises that the last live show on this tour will offer as much energy and excitement as the first.

"Our recordings are actually a lot more mellow to our live sound. We've been described as a 'more muscular' live sound than our recordings are. So we like to rock out and we put touches of harder rock, even a bit of reggae, and even a bit of hip hop in there. We like to mix it up and get people dancing for our live shows, and make it exciting."