Sam Ford
A string of artists from West London — including Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling and Michael Kiwanuka — have in recent years been making waves across the pond. Add TREETOP FLYERS to that list. Though the group is just taking off stateside with its first release, The Mountain Moves (Partisan Records, $12), its folk-based music and harmonies reminiscent of the Eagles; America; and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young hint at big things to come. Here’s what you need to know about the band, from frontman Reid Morrison (back row, left).

HOW THEY CAME TOGETHER:
“The band formed quite organically. We all knew each other to some degree from being in different bands and playing the same circuit.”

THEIR INFLUENCES:
“A lot of my musical influences and inspiration came directly from my parents. When I was growing up, they would play Otis Redding, Jackson Browne, CSNY, a lot of West Coast music, reggae, Scottish and Irish folk, and healthy portions of Van Morrison. I was actually rocked to sleep to [Van Morrison’s] Astral Weeks as a baby.”

WHERE THE NAME CAME FROM:
“It’s taken from a Stephen Stills song of the same name. After the war in Vietnam, a group of pilots needed work, so they went into crop-dusting. These were called the ‘Treetop Flyers.’ We liked the idea of the group getting together to continue using their skills. It sat nicely with us, as we had all been in bands before.”