curtains: in conversation with treasvre

sidonie baylis

San Francisco five-piece TREASVRE encapsulate that specific synth-rock vibe that’ll have you alone in your room with the air guitar and drumsticks belting their lyrics at the top of your voice as you dim the lights low and wish for strobes. The atmosphere they create is reminiscent of dreamlike 80s shoegaze, with an ethereal depth that penetrates the head and has it nodding heroin-chic-like along to their sick guitar riffs.

Earlier this year, TREASVRE released 2-side single Heavy Arms / Secrets, the final chapter of the four-part series of music recorded in 2020. Both are songs about moving on, but from juxtaposed perspectives – one clinging to a thing already gone, one ready and relieved to be going. Both gorgeous to listen to. They are hoping to release another single in coming months and a full EP by the end of 2021.

In conversation with TREASVRE, we discuss the fear and taboo of death, and how it motivates them to live a fulfilling life.

photo: jeff straw

Push Up Daisies: What has your relationship with death always been like, and how do you view it now?

TREASVRE: Death has always been a scary topic; we didn’t talk about it much growing up. We’ve experienced it in various ways as adults through the deaths of family and friends, but it’s still something that isn’t easy to think about. We view it as a natural part of life, but accepting it as such is sometimes easier said than done.

Push Up Daisies: Are you spiritual or religious? How do you think your culture/ideals affect your perception of death?

TREASVRE: We aren’t particularly spiritual, even though some of us were raised in religious households. Our culture is very avoidant of the topic of death, so we don’t get much practice talking about it. It’s something we discuss in hushed tones only when absolutely necessary — otherwise, the subject matter of death is considered too morbid for polite conversation.

Push Up Daisies: As a creative, how does the thought or fear of death inspire you/does it ever drive you to create more?

TREASVRE: Grappling with our own mortality is one of the unique human conditions that sets us apart from other animals. As we’ve lost people throughout the years, it has widened our perspective on the value and meaning of death. We aren’t necessarily driven by the fear of it. Rather, we feel more motivated by the desire to lead a fulfilling life while we can. We understand that our time on this earth is short and unpredictable, so that definitely compels us to make the most out of it.

Push Up Daisies: How would you like to be remembered?

TREASVRE: We would like to be remembered as genuine people. We’ve made an effort to be honest in our music and how we present ourselves to the world, and we hope others see and appreciate our vulnerability. Of course, we’d also love to be remembered for the music we make and the impact it has on people.

Push Up Daisies: What are you most proud of in your life?

TREASVRE: We are proud of this project and how we have persevered as a band. It wasn’t always easy to keep TREASVRE going, but we’ve overcome the hurdles and become stronger for it. The obstacles we encountered made us really look at why we do what we do and what we want to get out of it, and how we can better work together to achieve our common goals.

Push Up Daisies: How does the thought of death affect your everyday life?

TREASVRE: It’s something that goes through our heads on a regular basis, whether we are walking through San Francisco, going on a bicycle or motorcycle ride, or even when we are just doing daily routines, it occasionally will pop into our minds. The thought of death is a sobering reminder of the importance of living our lives authentically, and inspires us to make the most out of the present moment.

photo: jeff straw