This Perth, Western Australia band was the direct ancestor of both The Blackeyed Susans and The Jackson Code. The Snarski brothers were the driving forces behind Chad's Tree. The band's brittle, off-kilter sound evoked the sense of distance, desolation, harshness and loneliness of the Nullarbor Plain (but also its fragile nature), much in the same fashion as fellow Perth outfit The Triffids.
Chad's Tree relocated to Sydney and issued its debut 7-inch single `Crush the Lily'/`Toll for Josephine' (November 1985) on the Hot label. Subsequent singles, `Sweet Jesus Blue Eyes'/`To the Highest Bidder' (February 1987) and `Stroller in the Rain'/`The Orchard' (March 1988), plus the album Buckle in the Rail (January 1987) came out on the Nude label. The `Crush the Lily' and `Sweet Jesus Blue Eyes' singles were also combined on the four-track, 12-inch EP Chad's Tree for release in the UK through Rough Trade.
There were a number of different line-ups over the course of six years. As well as Kim Bettenay, the band's bass players included Mark Hemery, Peter Michael, Barry Turnbull and Simon Kain. Susan Grigg (ex-Cannanes) joined on piano and violin in 1987, and was replaced by Kathy Wemyss in 1989. Jason Kain (lead guitar, ex-Wet Taxis) also replaced Robert Snarski, who went off to form The Blackeyed Susans. The band issued a second album, Kerosene, in March 1989. With the break-up of Chad's Tree a month later, Mark Snarski and Wemyss formed The Jackson Code.