It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The first Treefort Music Fest VI artist announcement was released today! And so far it is looking stacked yet again for the sixth year in a row. Headliners include; Mac DeMarco, The Growlers, STRFKR, Deafheaven, and Why?. Also included in the first wave were Delicate Steve, The Album Leaf, 65daysofstatic, This Will Destroy You, Meat Puppets, Open Mike Eagle, Genders, and so much more. Check out the full lineup here.
We here at Killing Sasquatch find the hidden gems that all the cool people will be at this year. So here’s a couple of bands that you wont want to miss.
Hailing from the Bay Area, The Seshen brings a lovely, smooth R&B sound to an electronic beat-scape. Lead singer, Lalin St. Juste has an amazing voice that leads this seven piece. This is an act that you cannot miss at Treefort.
Next up is Flaural from Denver, CO. These guys have a more classic psych-rock sound to them. THe music is very hypnotic and driving at the same time. They are another band that will rock your face off at Treefort VI.
Stay tuned for more unknown Treefort Music Fest artists and updates.
Buy your tickets here.
Got some new music for you all with St. Terrible, a solo act out of Boise, ID. His latest release is called The Gospel of Nothingness and he recorded it with Psych Mt. Revival, a brother duo also from Boise. The album came out in June and it sounds great. St. Terrible has an awesome pop sound mixed with that neo-folk style. There’s a nice balance of vocals, guitars, harmonies, and other ambient noises. The Gospel of Nothingness is one of those albums that you listen all the way through a couple of times in a row. It is a great album to take down to the river on a hot breezy day.
St. Terrible makes this album flow so well, the first couple songs are really upbeat and jammy. Then with “Violence” it mellows out a little more, with a memorable harmony (that actually makes the melody). After that “Talking Dirty With the Spirits” reminds me of some early Animal Collective, it’s a really powerful pop-folk song. It’s hard to choose a favorite song, but the one that sticks out is “Shadows (Mouthless Yelling From the Void)” which starts out with a didgeridoo drone and keeps building through the vocals and drums. Very cool stuff from St. Vincent and Psych Mt. Revival. Do yourself a favor and check out The Gospel of Nothingness.
Today we got Corvallis, OR band Vandfald and their latest release called A Delicate Balance. These guys absolutely shred in all senses of their music. Vandfald (which means “waterfall” in Danish) puts together an epic pop sound that includes great vocals, big drum beats, driving guitar riffs, and a nice touch of piano melodies. A Delicate Balance is exactly the correct name for this album. The opening track “Don’t Stress” starts with a flying guitar solo then smooths out with the opening vocals. My favorite track is “Firemouth” which has such a huge chorus that makes you pump your fist in the air. So if you’re a fan of The National with a little Coldplay sprinkled in there, then definitely check out Vandfald.
Friday the 17th of June the Killing Sasquatch crew went out to Troutdale, OR at the legendary venue Edgefield. To catch some well established acts in Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. We got there right before PHJB took the stage.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Started off the Friday night right by catching the swinging jazz band from New Orleans. Preservation Hall Jazz Band played a bunch of classic jazz standards along with a bunch of tunes from their newest album called That’s It!. It was so much fun to see a classic jazz band riff different solos during each song.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
The headliner for the night was Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. It was my first time seeing them live and it was such a fun time. Front man, Alex Ebert, was the definition of cool hipster. I wanted to hate how hip he was, but there was an air of coolness around him that I just couldn’t. They are in support of their latest album, PersonA which came out in April. So they played a bunch of songs from there, but also some old ones and a cover of Velvet Underground’s “Who Loves the Sun”.
It was a great Friday night that will not be forgotten as quickly as some others!
New music from Portland’s own Animal Eyes. The new album is called Where We Go and it just came out towards the end of May. The album is packed with explosive rock and pop songs. Animal Eyes has a cool indie boy band vibe to them. Great harmonies, great songwriting, and catchy guitar riffs fills out Where We Go. “Feeding Snakes” starts of the record with a bouncy bass and dynamic vocals, reminiscent of Animal Collective. Then it goes to my favorite two tracks in “Zeke/Wizard” and “Mushroom Hunter”. These two tracks have been a staple in Animal Eyes’ live shows for a couple of years now, and these recordings are some of the best versions I’ve heard. Other favorite tracks of mine include “Sand Sang”, with those clanging guitars, and the ending track “Alligator Sex”. Definitely one of the better local Portland releases this year.