Trees began as a one-man band consisting of former Puppies keyboardist Dane Conover (perhaps best known from the Puppies with Richard Filaccio and Nino Del Pesco), who later teamed up with Marty Elridge to flesh out the sound. In 1981, Conover got a Kim Fowley-inspired record deal with MCA and released one album as Trees in 1982 on MCA Records, Sleep Convention, produced by Earle Mankey.
It was a critical success but a commercial failure, a fact that has been blamed on mismanagement by the label. Conover ended Trees shortly after and began making music with his wife Marisa (PopGems), moving to Northern California. In summer 2007, Conover began uploading Trees videos to YouTube, including tracks that had never been publicly screened.
Conover also wrote a popular Beat Farmers song called “Happy Boy,” popularized by the late Country Dick Montana.
The 1982 album Sleep Convention was reissued in early 2020 with a dozen bonus tracks.