In it’s fourth year of existence, Treefort Music Festival has established itself as the go to festival in the Northwest. Everything from technology to film to yoga, Treefort has it all, but of course we were there for the music.
The Killing Sasquatch crew was four strong this year and faced a little adversity to begin the trip. Our car broke down about 100 miles east of Portland, so we missed out of the festivities on Wednesday. Though spirits were down to begin the weekend, we were able to rally for a most excellent adventure.
Our journey began on Thursday at Tom Grainey’s with Bliiss and Blackwater Prophet.
Bliiss is the new jam. Their songs are imaginative and distinctly stoney. Bliiss draws from a huge variety of great early heavy metal, garage rock, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll to get their groovy freshness.
Blackwater Prophet has a similar sound to Bliiss, with more psychedelia influences.
Then we went to see local Portlanders The Shivas.
BOYS were playing next, filling in for The Velvet Teen at Neurolux. Then Cymbals Eat Guitars were right after them.
We also caught The Bleach Effect, Jason Webley, and A Seasonal Disguise before one of our favorite Portland bands Animal Eyes.
The Bleach Effect
Electronic duo from Boise. These two guys have super bass heavy jams that sound like they belong in video games. They definitely remind me of Magic Sword so check them out.
A Seasonal Disguise is reminiscent of all the best nostalgia from 2000s indie rock; Andrew Bird, Conor Oberst, etc. Their high energy live shows translates onto lush recordings like Waterfowl of Western Canada EP. This is deeply thoughtful music for the introspective side of us all.
Jason Webley is a singer/songwriter that is on the folk spectrum of music. With a beautiful voice and accordion as a choice weapon for Webley, the music makes one reminisce on their own life. He was joined on stage by members of Animal Eyes and Jumping Sharks
Animal Eyes are one of our favorite bands from Portland. They have an incredible mix of folk, pop, and indie rock that just reaches out to the soul and comforts it.