Bare Branches came about in the dead of winter in the year of our Lord, 2005. Refugees from other bands, the six men and women who would become Bare Branches wrote and recorded two EP's under the moniker 'Hand Drawn Mountains'. After playing out for five years, the band decided that a new focus and vision was needed to create and sustain the mood and sound they all cherished and had come so close to attaining. The decision was made to change the name of the band to something a bit more serious and representative of the music they were creating. Around this time, a producer/friend from Las Vegas named Christin Nelson (a member of recording artist Listener) happened to catch a set the band played in the Summer months of 2010. He approached them a week later and offered to fly to Pittsburgh and record their first full length album. So the band brought him to town and for two weeks they recorded night and day in a beautiful 19th century church. The result of this collective effort is 'Haunts'. It is an audio recording of all that was poured out in those fourteen days. Drawing comparisons to such diverse acts as Joy Division, MeWithoutYou and Okkervil River, Bare Branches has spent the last year getting acquainted with the dark and resonant tone of the ten songs that make the album 'a subtle and somber journey to the depths of the human soul' The band's modern influences include The National, Arcade Fire, Interpol, Pedro the Lion and Damien Jurado. They also owe a debt to a plethora of independent and underground bands from the eighties and nineties. In summary, 'Haunts is an exploration of mystery, a subtle and somber journey to the depths of the human soul. There are moments of hope and joy, just as there are moments of grief and confusion. In the end we get a picture that is painted delicately, full of complex yet minute details that do not make a show of themselves. Rather, the sounds and images used here work gently to pull the heart and mind in different directions, and the genius of this release is that all this immense emotion is easily missed if one is not open and attentive. In other words, it works just like the real life it portrays.' - Eric, Indie Vision Music.