Personnel: Robert McComb (vocals, guitar, violin, keyboards, musical saw); David McComb (vocals, guitar, piano); Martyn Casey (vocals, bass guitar); Alsy MacDonald (vocals, drums, percussion); David Angell (viola); Ian Macourt (cello); Jill Birt (organ).
Audio Mixer: Nick Mainsbridge.
Audio Remixer: Nick Mainsbridge.
Recording information: Emerald City Studios, Sydney (08/08/1983); Studio 221 (08/08/1983); Emerald City Studios, Sydney (08/1983/09/1983); Studio 221 (08/1983/09/1983).
Originally released in 1983, TREELESS PLAIN was the first album by Australian post-punks the Triffids. Although it's smaller in scope than later, majestic-sounding albums like 1985's BORN SANDY DEVOTIONAL, these songs make plain leader David McCombs's knack for insightful, quirky lyrics and sparse, country- and folk-influenced indie rock tunes. Particular highlights include the college radio favorite "My Baby Thinks She's A Train."