David Perry [David
Pozobyt] (vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer, special effects, keyboards,
organ, accordion, percussion, bass), Jeremy Boilek (lead guitar, rhythm
guitar, 2001-03), Ryan Henderlong (rhythm guitar, 2001), Andy Weeks
(saxophone, bass guitar, 2001), Steve DeLassus (bass guitar, 2001-02),
Mark Miller (drums, 2001-04), Jeremy Smolan (bass guitar, 2002), Steve
Rempis (bass guitar, 2002-03), Ben Girnus (lead guitar, 2003), Pat McGraw
(drums, 2003-04), Derek See [Derek Cullimore] (lead guitar, 2003), Mike
Kasky (drums, 2004), Dave Schaeffer (lead guitar, 2004), Pat Conway
(bass guitar, 2004), Dave Wright (drums, 2004), Rodney Rollo (lead guitar,
2004), Mark Bertran (bass guitar, 2006), Juan Mora (drums, 2006), AnDroid
Frisbee [Andrew Frisbee] (lead guitar, 2006), Ben Girnus (lead guitar,
2007-present), Dave Wright (drums, 2007-present), Pat Conway (bass guitar,
is ‘Purple Tree’?
Tree are essentially a vehicle for the music of singer and songwriter
David Perry" ~UNCUT Magazine
Tree comes off as a refreshing new vibe instead of another Sgt. Peppers
era Beatles wannabe band [...] Their lyrics have lyrical substance to
them, unlike what you would hear with main-stream music today. "
“This project [Purple Tree] will be a vehicle for my songs,”Interview with David Perry ~Midwest
Beat Magazine 2003
In November 2000, the Purple Tree Project originated as a session band
for David Perry’s Plasticine Man CD. By February 2001, the band
agreed to perform Plasticine Man to a live audience and began rehearsal.
They booked under the name David Perry and the Purple Tree, naming the
session musicians after their song Purple Tree. The first mix of Plasticine
Man was finished in December 2001 prompting a private CD release party
in Valparaiso, Indiana December 7th, 2001. The CD was released as a Limited
Edition, with plans to have it professionally mixed and released in the
In 2002 Purple
Tree began performing in Chicago, Illinois. The band booked under the
name David Perry’s Purple Tree. By 2003 the project had changed
several musicians due to artistic conflicts, continuing to book performances,
but now under just the name Purple Tree. David booked studio time at Studio
Chicago to re-record Plasticine Man, engineered by Cousin Chuck Kawal.
David moved to Astoria Queens, NY and wrote a new Purple Tree CD entitled
the Final Prophecy. He remixed and used drum tracks from previous Studio
Chicago sessions to assemble songs without a band, then performed remaining
instruments himself. After the EP was complete in 2005, he assembled a
new Purple Tree line up and held a private CD release in Manhattan. After
which, they performed the Final Prophecy around New York City and surrounding
suburbs the remainder of 2006. In March 2007 David moved to Chicago where
he continues to write and record music under the name Purple Tree using
a new line-up of musicians.
‘Purple Tree’ is the retro rock movement for the new century.
Incorporating influences from the 60’s and 70’s, together
with vintage keyboards, this music has been described
by listeners as "British Sounding", and even "Pink Floyd
meets Julian Lennon". ‘Purple Tree’s
lyrics are masterful and enlightening with a sharp message involving
love, life, and politics. The project has an eclectic sound appeasing
to several ages and genres while ignoring popular categories and labels.
The history of ‘Purple Tree’ begins through the talents of
David Perry. David’s the architect of
‘Purple Tree’, weaving life within the sound and lyrics of
these tracks. In 1996 Perry began as an acoustic performer but later blossomed
into what he calls the ‘Purple Tree’, interweaving his solo
act into this larger scale masterpiece, hiring outside musicians as needed
for live performance. David’s talents also include the ability to
produce his own work in the studio, thus allowing him the creative freedom
to craft his sound as he envisions it. ‘Purple Tree’ became
popularized throughout the Chicago-Land area by means of live performance.
The project moved to the east coast for two years introducing its sound
to a responsive New York City fan base, established through internet and
word of mouth. ‘Purple Tree’ has been seen in such New York
clubs as ‘Arlene’s
Mansion’, and ‘Fat
Baby’ to name a few. These clubs have been well recognized and
continue to be the launching point for many new and seasoned artists alike.
After the foundation for this project was laid out in the ‘big apple’,
David decided to again plant his roots in the Metro-Chicago area where
he continues to create this unique style of music.
Fans of ‘Purple Tree’ are not limited to just Chicago-Land
and New York City. There are fans in many different cities, states and
countries all around the world. With great internet sites such as YouTube
‘Purple Tree’ was able to quickly introduce its creative talents
to anyone who wants to log on and listen. And listen they did. Purple
Tree’s internet hits are abundant and the feedback has always been
positive and forthcoming. ‘Purple Tree’ is one of the most
unique musical projects available today. Combining skill, technology,
and a lust for good music, every year the ‘Purple Tree’ project
continues to grow and mature, leaving only the question as to what can
be expected in the coming years?