Music from Eugene, OR, the band is called VCR. They put out an 8-track album called Season One! back at the beginning of June, and it is fantastic! VCR has a classic surf-rock sound to them that gets rowdy as they infuse punk elements into most of their tracks. They have great song structure, and catchy guitar riffs that are on that edge of chaos. Season One! is full of excellent songs that makes you want to get drunk with your friends and have a good time. So grab your 12-pack and turn up VCR to the max!
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.
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Finally got more coverage of our Treefort 2016 adventure. Thursday brought us a bunch of awesome acts that were all so much fun.
Sun Blood Stories
First act we saw was local Boise band Sun Blood Stories. Their performance was one of the best for the weekend! There was so much power and stoney rock and roll from these high desert homies.
Next we saw former Shaky Hands member, Nicholas Delffs perform his one man act as Death Songs.
Aaron Mark Brown
We hustled over to Linen Building to catch Aaron Mark Brown. This pop band from Nampa, ID has an olde-timey folk-jazz sound to them. It’s music that makes your toes tap.
Sugar Candy Mountain
Sugar Candy Mountain was super fuzzy and psychedelic, a little less pop live than their recordings. We only caught a few songs of them before flying off to the next venue.
We stopped at Crowbar for some drinks and electronic music before heading to El Korah Shrine for HINDS. The Spanish band has a groovy garage rock sound to them. Super fun to see live.
Next was Baby Ghosts from Salt Lake City. A rocking performance from them too. If you like a little punk thrown into your garage rock then check out this band.
Ural Thomas & The Pain
The highlight of the night was Ural Thomas & The Pain. Straight up soul music, with the most charming lead singer we saw all weekend.
Thee Oh Sees
To cap off the night we caught the very end of Thee Oh Sees. A super packed El Korah was crowd surfing and dancing all over the place. It was great way to end the second night of Treefort.
Wednesday March 23rd was the first day of Treefort Music Fest. It was our first time actually catching any acts on Wednesday, since last year we had car troubles. After checking into the ol’ Cabana Inn, we quickly moved over to Fatty’s, a club with extremely cheap drink specials. We caught San Francisco DJ Seapora, who started our venture with chill electro-pop music. After only spending $20 on roughly 15 shots, we moved over to Linen Building for another San Fran band, Culture Abuse. Though the lead singer was belligerently hammered, they put on a pretty decent show. We then scooted over to see Portland’s own Jackson Boone & The Ocean Ghosts. They put on a super groovy show to a pretty packed house. After a brief stop back at Fatty’s (I mean dollar tequila shots) we checked out Boise’s Gipsy Moon Rise. These guys and gals rocked super hard and that’s when that feeling of Treefort really set in for me.
A loud garage punk-rock band that likes to party as hard as their music.
Jackson Boone & The Ocean Ghosts
Grooving psychedelic pop-rock, with a hint of funk.
Gipsy Moon Rise
Blues rock band from Boise, ID. Great for drinking whiskey to.
It was a great first night of Treefort. We caught a few more acts besides those pictured above, but none that were too memorable. Wednesday was a great way to start the weekend of festivities.
As I try to come down from the euphoria that is Treefort Music Fest, I reflect back on the past five years of not only this blog, but life in general. When Keith and I first went to Boise, we had no idea what we were in for, we just wanted to see Why? and a 100+ more bands for 50 bucks during Spring Break. What we were met with is something I can barely put into thought without tearing up (in the best way). The love and pride that is shown in Boise is so inspiring and heartfelt, that it makes me so joyfully emotional. I count myself so fortunate and lucky to be a part of this festival and share the experience with an audience for 5 years running. I have met so many musicians, locals, foreigners, other press, and volunteers who are sincere when they tell me to keep up the good work. Treefort has inspired this blog to keep going for so long. Honestly without it I would have given it up by now.
The amount of talent that is showcased there is absolutely ridiculous. You can go to any show and be blown away with what that band is trying to accomplish, you don’t even need to listen to anyone beforehand. Seriously, more the half the bands I share on here have been to Treefort at some point in the last 5 years.
So I want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you to everyone that has been involved in making and maintaining Treefort Music Festival. And here’s to at least another 5 years!
Pictures and video to come.