After a brief hiatus, we are back to regular posts about new independent music. Here is a band from Seattle called Dude York. Their latest release, Dehumanize, came out at the end of January. Dude York is a band with lots of energetic grunge pop. Catchy guitar hooks and eccentric drumming along with unique vocals is what makes up their sound. My favorite tracks are “Idol” and “Heartland.” “Idol” starts with one of those guitar hooks that sticks in your head, then there is a fuzzy breakdown with the lyrics of “The idol’s face has been broken, frozen / It looks just like mine.” It’s the vulnerability of Peter Richards’s vocals that really makes it an anthem. “Heartland” is a track to get rowdy drunk to. With a slower grungy intro to sway back and forth, that evolves to the chorus that Richards yells “Lose my voice!” This is a must listen record.
The fourth and final day of Treefort Music Fest was a magical day full of amazing music. It started with our first brewery show and ended with one of the weirdest house parties we’ve ever been to. It was an amazing weekend full of generous hospitality, incredible musicianship, and total grandness.
To start off the last day of Treefort we headed down to Woodland Empire brewery to the Apes On Tape showcase. The first band that we caught was Manatee Commune, a chillwave artist from Bellingham, WA.
Autonomics, as seen at Big Ass Boom Box, is a PDX up and comer with catchy and memorable tunes.
Despite the accusation, these guys are actually pretty agreeable. Check out this awesomely groovy DIY punk, a new project featuring Clark from Clark and the Himselfs.
AU is a cascading swirling mix of psychedelia. The kind of trips you go on as a little kid or in the moments before sleep.
Aan is one of our favorite Portland bands, and they seem to get better every time we see them.
Cumulus is some gratifying indie rock. It’s light on its feet. The sound makes our ears happy.
Thanks is a really cool soul band from Portland.
From North Wales comes the contemporary sounding tunage of The Joy Formidable. We thoroughly enjoy the live performance since the lead gal is overflowing with charisma.
First Borns is just real good lo-fi freedom rock.
Bearcubbin’! is straight up math dance rock.
After being rocked by Bearcubbin’!, Boyfrndz came out with their brand of noise rock.
What is a Tartufi? I’m still not sure, but I know it’s doomy and rocks hard.
We would like to thank everyone who helped out at Treefort, all the musicians, the volunteers, the staff, and most importantly the city of Boise.
Saturday March 22nd was the day that the Killing Sasquatch collective split up for most of the night to catch all types of awesome shows.
THE GRIZZLED MIGHTY
To start the day off on Saturday, we went to the main stage at 2 o’clock and saw Seattle duo The Grizzled Mighty. These two rock so hard, it was a great wake up call.
We stuck around the main stage to catch a little bit of Hollow Wood. They are Boise’s featured folk-rock band. Hollow Wood is currently touring with Typhoon.
We quickly jumped over to Crux to catch Big Tits. This ended up being one of my favorite shows. Most of the band was jumping into the audience and rocking out with the people. Then to end the set the singer dove head first into the drum kit. Super punk!
THE CAVE SINGERS
It was back to the main stage to catch The Cave Singers. These guys always put on a great show whenever I see them, and this time did not disappoint.
After Cave Singers I went to check out Bad90s, a local Boise pop group. Their setup was super ’90s to say the least. A white frontdrop clothe with bad Windows ’95 visualizer so that the audience could only see silhouettes. The music was real good too.
Hobosexual was also one of my favorite shows of Saturday. This duo from Seattle rock super hard, with blues and metal influences. Towards the end of the set the guitarist gave an audience member a hug and continued shredding the song he was playing.
New Madrid’s recordings have a somewhat mellow laid back feel to them. But seeing their live performance completely blew me away. They blew up the stage with their melodic rock and roll.
Master disc jockey, RJD2, was the headliner for the main stage on Saturday. He was spinning and mixing some really awesome beats that got everyone dancing. The best part was that he acknowledged almost everyone’s hollers and confessions of love by giving them a big smile.
Later on in the evening I caught one of my favorite bands Swimming at Crux. Their sound is a plethora of excellent guitar riffs and upbeat lyrics. Swimming played a lot of newer songs that all sound most excellent. They just got done with a Spring tour and will be recording their new material a little later on in the summer.
A little more Portland love goes out to Summer Cannibals whose surfy garagey rock and roll kicks so much ass we happened to snap the above photo. Definitely get down on Summer Cannibals if you’re not already.
At a certain point on Saturday we lay down our cameras and commence the gonzo journalism portion of our Treefort coverage.
In the Underground of Tom Grainey’s wonderful triple-venue bar, there was a showcase of premium Boise local electro-house. Check out Sugarpillz and imagine a small basmenet room full of Idahoian locals mixed with music fest goers and you’ve got a good idea of Sugarpillz. They’re loosely associated with Pedro Rolas, who also killed it, founder of Audiomedics from Boise.
If you’ve ever wished for a jazzed up mix of indie jam and funk then Jupiter Holiday is the absolute shit. Seriously, get down.
Polecat is a quirksy bluegrass band who headlined Tom Grainey’s mainstage on Saturday night. Lots of folks danced like it was the end of their night, and some just ended up back downstairs for more music.
THE MAGIC BEANS
We’re not typically fans of jam music but when you get four or five dozen chill people together in the basement of Tom Grainey’s and put the Magic Beans on stage, then, welp, shit gets weird and coincidentally awesome. Definitely one of the more fun and memorable concerts of the entire festival. The Magic Beans is simply great live music.
Friday March 21st brought the heat by ending the night with Magic Sword and Odesza, with a special appearance by Slow Magic. We knew the weekend was about to toward weird after a cop showed up at the unofficial Portland Fort in the early afternoon.
P-Fort is an unofficial day show featuring Portland Bands. We missed Duck! Little Brother, Duck! but came just in time for Sama Dams’ high energy psyched out set. This sound is lush and rich and most importantly rocks hard. We almost got shut down by the cops, but they were nice and let us continue with the garage doors closed.
Over at Main Stage THEEsatisfaction are some of the freshest MCs we’ve seen, and Treefort in previous years has brought the likes of Grieves, K.Flay, Sage Francis, and Brother Ali. Both their voices are immediately recognizable from their work with other Seattle post-rappers Shabazz Palaces.
This is the type of music where the word visceral seems perfect. Like the name suggests, a young woman Kelsey sings with the soberness and melancholy of someone thrice her age. Her vocals and acoustic guitar are the main attractions, turned up with reverb and delivered with passion. Grandma Kelsey is the singer-songwriter that makes us excited about singer-songwriters in the best way. The live show is entrancing so we didn’t care to snap a bunch of noisy photos so you’ll just have to go see her on her upcoming US tour.
JUNIOR ROCKET SCIENTIST
After Blockhead I popped over to El Korah Shrine for some grunge rock in Junior Rocket Scientist. These guys have such an excellent sound to their music. You’ve got to check them out.
In between JRS and Genders, I decided to go check out the Crux. The band I saw was a low-fi punk band called The Funs. They are a cool 2 piece from Chicago.
Back at Mainstage Iamsu! and the whole HBK Gang is laying their phat beats beneath a flowing river of rhymes. These guys just put out a highly dopaliscous compilation called Gang Forever. This is some serious R&B Rap shit.
Genders is my favorite band. Their sound is so classic yet fresh, the lyrics thoughtful and intriguing. Their melodies are contagiously carefree yet uncanny. Wherever these people come up with their shit, it sounds great all together.
FIRES IN FRANCE
Their website says ‘arena rock’ which is a semi-appropriate for these guys if they werent playing a coffee shop in Boise. Even though the radio pop emo sound isn’t one we’d normally cover, you have to hand it to these guys; they’re great. The songs are interestingly composed and sincerely done, and the guitarist is capable of licks and pull offs that make jaws and panties drop.
THE WARM HAIR
There are many musicians stuck in certain decades, and for The Freebird it’s the 70′s. Naked underneath his nicely fit Canadian tuxedo, this guy whips up an awesome blend of blues rock, groovy Seventies heavy metal, and classic folk stuffs. But it still sounds so fresh!! Apparently Doug Martsch discovered these guys back in the day, and they’re still pretty unknown. Never ever miss The Warm Hair if they’re in your town. Even if it means you have to quit your job.
Remember the first time you heard some good doom metal? Maybe you were too stoned, and I was too, but it’s sort of like that. Eagle Twin trudges along leaving deep postholes in a wake of heavy sludge.
A SEA OF GLASS
The Bouquet is a cool little coffee shop/ all ages venue in downtown Boise which drew a young crowd. A Sea of Glass filled a jammed up room with super chill atmospheric indie rock, which is progressive minded and thoroughly sedated. The violin gives it a posty feel at times and folksy at others. Pretty nice.
Ugly Hussy is what an awesome Modest-Mouse-sounding indie band sounds like if it were being played by just one guy. He uses loops and delays as tools, but ultimately layers of rad indie music is what’s he’s interested in.
So it’s late now and although we suspect this might happen, things get really weird. We’ve been digging on this DJ from Boise, Magic Sword because of his 80′s video game and medieval-step undertones, but when we walk through the doors of Knitting Factory, a giant outrageous dance club and there are two guys on stage wearing robes and mesh masks that have LEDs for eyes! It was a super fun time.
March 20th 2014 marked the start of an epic journey to consume as much live music as humanly possible in one weekend. Treefort Music Fest in Boise, ID provided the perfect hunting grounds for the Killing Sasquatch crew. The journey consisted of four days full of rock, pop, electronic, metal, hip-hop, house parties, garage shows, and brewery showcases. So without further delay here is our coverage of Day 1, Treefort Music Fest.
If there’s one excuse to get out of Portland, Treefort is it. It all starts with King Brat, featuring Jessica the drummer from Red Hands Black Feet. These guys have a saturated crossover of hardcore and rock and roll. The kind that spawns mosh pits from thin air.
We ducked over to the recently augmented Crux to see The Kitchen, some really weird but beautiful and sincere experimental rock from Moscow. The live set packs a different punch than the records, so make sure to check this band of best friends and artists whenever they’re in town.
AND AND AND
After some delicious Pie Hole pizza we popped over to Neurolux to see And And And play some new songs. This material sounded more serious and intense than some of their more light-hearted favorites. It’s still a huge party, so these sophisticated considerations suit their music well.
RED HANDS BLACK FEET
After seeing And And And, we headed over to Linen Building to catch our favorite Boise bands, Red Hands Black Feet. They played a bunch of new songs with their new drummer, and it sounds most excellent. This post-rock band seriously hits the spot and we cannot wait for new material to be released.
Back over at Crux, our buddies Animal Eyes began pumping their joyous tunage into the room. Lead accordionist Sam sings with classic style and the band elevates the festive jangly mood. Animal Eyes is easily one of Portland’s premier rock acts.
THIS WILL DESTROY YOU
This Will Destroy You is from the old school of post-rock, loosely associated with Godspeed You Black Emperor, the sound is heavy and slow. Live they play with conviction. The audience stares blankly as their minds are transported.
SWORD OF A BAD SPELLER
Finally we saw Sword of a Bad Speller who are at first a couple of white kids rapping badly. It quickly reached the point of absurdity, so there’s no choice but to get into it. They eventually pick up instruments and closed out a fun impromptu afterparty.