Treehouse was a rather obscure contender to the Midwestern-Noise-Rock-Post-Grunge Throne. It was started by a dude named Mark, whose last name is Trehaus. Get it? He owns a GREAT record store in Minneapolis called Treehouse records and this label is an offshoot. Or was the store an offshoot of the label?
I first became aware of Treehouse Records when I bought the uber-great Pagans Buried Alive compilation in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Starship Records in 1988. I thought it was a punk re-issue label, which was cool with me because in 1988, the world really NEEDED punk reissue labels.
Later I started noticing those weird Bastards records were on Treehouse and then this 7 inch comp came out with a song by St Louis local gods Drunks With Guns. Oh…and Treehouse was the first home, I believe…to the mighty Cows. The rest, as they say, is history.
Listening to it now, I can’t say that Scumbait #2 is the greatest thing ever. I never liked Feedtime that much and Venom P Stinger is blahhh. More of a historical curio. But I thank Mark Trehaus to this day for introducing me to the GODLIKE power of The Pagans at a time when good punk wrock was really hard to find.
So if you are in Minneapolis, visit Mark!
Treehouse Scumbait #2
Parade – The Bastards
Plymouth Car Is A Limosine – Feedtime
Day Will Come – Venom P Stinger
Drunks Theme – Drunks With Guns