New music from one of our favorite artists of all time, Delicate Steve. The new album is appropriately called This Is Steve. What a way to start off the weekend with this bright joy-filled album! Steve Marion makes music that is absolutely righteous. And ever since his first album Wondervisions came out nearly six years ago, I have been jamming Delicate Steve on 11 every summer. This Is Steve starts off a bit grittier than his previous works, but has that signature lead guitar that instantly makes you smile. Things get calmer starting at “Nightlife” which has a slight Calypso feel to it. The album as a whole is very classic Steve, the thing that stands out to me on this particular album is the drumming has changed a bit from those driving tracks to a more jazzy and rock style which is nice to listen to. Definitely a must own album for the new year. It’s hard to nail down my favorite track, but “Together” and “Driving” are up there.
After a month long hiatus we are back with a vengeance and ready to rock! Let’s go ahead and finish out that Treefort Music Festival coverage that we have been sitting on for a while.
Part 2 of our series picks up on Friday with a butt load of bands.
Obscured by the Sun
Obscured by the Sun jumped right into their heavy post rock jams and didn’t stop. Their new album Outlaw is a great exploration of rhythm and you should check it out.
Got to see Finn Riggins play this song.
Holiday Friends were as vibrant and energetic as usual. They were handing out these Mini-Magic EPs which were very handy for the 7 hr drive home.
Lost Lander brought their A game of party pop to the El Korah.
Built To Spill
Buitl To Spill was the headliner for Friday night at the main stage. They played a lot of classics and a bunch of songs from the new album Untethered Moon.
These guys definitely killed it. Smokey Brights has such a rockin’ vibe to them, it is hard not to have the best time while watching them.
We caught the last couple of songs from ELEL, and they were just fantastic. Really groovy electro-pop sound from these guys.
Our favorites, Summer Cannibals, had an amazing show as always.
The Ghost Ease
Another favorite Portland band The Ghost Ease straight killed it all weekend long.
To end the night we caught Delicate Steve. I’ve been a huge advocate for Delicate Steve and they did not disappoint in the slightest.
Here is a new side project from Delicate Steve called Saint Rich. This band has a more structured sound, yet still maintain amazing guitar work throughout the album. The new album is called Beyond the Drone, which came out the beginning of October. Saint Rich has a great rock and roll sound that is accompanied by the right amount of pop. The album starts off with the single “Officer,” an anthem of abuse of authority, then rolls into a steam-dancing number “Sorry/Sadly.” My favorite songs lie in the middle of the album, “Crying From Home” and “You Ain’t Worth the Night.” The closing track “Already Gone” is also another great song and a perfect ending to the Beyond the Drone, it’s a slower rock ballad with the slide guitar and harmonies that soar into the ears and makes you smile. Overall the debut album from Saint Rich is a perfect recipe for accepting the winter blues and then shaking them away.
It’s day two of Treefort, and by now our faces have been melted off and gelatinized, then shredded and melted again. It’s a crisp day at the Main Stage and there are a few squalls of snow as the first act Deep Sea Diver begins.
This bubbly Seattle four-piece hits all the spots for the modern rock aficionado. Somewhere between a re-energized Beach House and a re-imagined Bright Eyes, Deep Sea Diver really embodies the great history and the mysterious future of rock and roll.
Delicate Steve plays after, to a much larger, more bundled up crowd than their performance at El Korah Shrine yesterday. Always a spectacular show, they warm things up with tracks off last year’s Positive Force and deliver all the classics off Wondervisions in dramatic style. On the streets of Boise there are rumors that Delicate Steve has a third album of material just awaiting release.
Burnt Ones is next at Boise’s unique multi-purpose venue Linen Building. Their powered up live set is already underway, and the heavy, dry, smooth sound of Burnt Ones fills up the long cavernous building. I make sure to grab a cassette of You’ll Never Walk Alone on the way out to Neurolux to see Tartufi.
Last year we saw Tartufi for the first time with their new bassist blowing up an early spot on the Main Stage. A cult favorite, they have a special place in Portland/Boise’s heart as SF’s heavyweight champions of DIY music and touring. We’re watching them perform songs from their new album These Factory Days, and let me just say that it sounds very good.
It’s across the street to Boise’s Backspace-esque coffee shop/bar/venue The Crux to see local post-rock gods Red Hands Black Feet. Their set contains a mesmerizing cascade of soft delicate movements and soaring epic sounds. Their style of instrumental progressive music is particularly well crafted for anyone who is ready for the next new thing in rock and roll.
We were so enveloped in Red Hands Black Feet, we missed the illustrious, highly-anticipated Slow Magic set at the China Blue dance club, but were stoked to catch Portland favorites Sun Angle killing it at the Crux. The music of Sun Angle is relentless and worldly, ending the night for us in an awesome party of super jazzed Treefort goodness.
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It’s finally Treefort Music Fest 2013. One river gorge, one mountain range, and a time-zone later, the Killing Sasquatch crew arrives in Boise just in time to get our wristbands and pile into this year’s hot new venue El Korah Shrine to see Finn Riggins.
Frontman Eric Gilbert is the festival organizer and mastermind behind this manifestation of the thriving music scene in Idaho, so it’s only appropriate that they open up the festival. El Korah Shrine is a great classic all-wood dance-hall style venue which is brimming with all types of folks waiting for Finn Riggins to rock. Noticeably excited, and understandably so, they begin with the heavyweight track ‘Arrow’ off their new Benchwarmers EP. The crowd loosens up when the favorite ‘Dali’ comes up. They deliver a new track and some flourishing classics, and the dance party of Treefort seems to begin.
We bomb down to Red Room to see Caldwell/Boise act Lakefriend. Sharing members with one of our favorites last year, Fountains, Lakefriend plays some down-home and technically demanding indie rock. In a world where effects pedals rule, Lakefriend is mankind’s only hope. Their set is richly toned, despite the noticeable lack of pedals of any type, and they achieve a sound with a variety of influences from Built to Spill to American new wave, with a focus on high-powered rhythmic motives. Stay tuned, we will be keeping a very close eye out for all Lakefriend-related activity. Check their song on soundcloud here.
We stay at Red Room, sipping delicious Payette brews, in order to catch a glimpse of Seattle band; Neighbors. These guys also dish out a big helping of awesome indie rock. Their ancestry appears to be of mixed ska-punk and classic alt-rock heritage, such as the likes of Velvet Underground and Modern Lovers.
In pursuit of more great music, we went to the Neurolux to see the doom metal up-and-comers Uzala. Their brand of swirling bubbling sludge is just plain heavy. The female vocalist soars over the desolate fuzzscape as the audience head bangs in submission to their presence. Check out their awesome music below.
Red Room is definitely one of our favorite crusty alternative venues here in Boise, and we end up back there just in time for Pony Time. Their sound is very much in line with the punked out indie rock we’ve seen in Lakefriend and Neighbors, but with a precise, crunched out bass and drums two-piece setup. This lends an even heavier, droning atmosphere and makes Pony Time a very enjoyable listen. With the super loud music and bouncing fans, these guys are amazing live.
After Pony Time we strolled over to the Crux to see one of our favorite Olympia bands Lake. LAKE, and all their other side projects including Baby Island and Memory Boys, originate from the forests of Puget Sound’s Whidbey Island, where their music resonates with the reclusive rural Cascadian existence. LAKE emanates pure pop goodness, with subdued rock elements and intriguing imagery which is only achievable by such visionaries as LAKE’s Ashley Eriksson and Eli Moore.
We catch wind of an impromptu Delicate Steve show back at El Korah Shrine where the night began, and mob down there to see a devoted crowd who stayed after the at-capacity Unknown Mortal Orhestra show. Moving up front, we watch Steve and the crew shred up their songs like a block of cheddar cheese. Their usually delicate music is transformed into a wave of cacophonous righteousness, washing over the crowd in warm blankets of sound. People move their feet and wave their arms to the virtuosic music which the performers so obviously delight in making. If Treefort was only a one-night event, Delicate Steve could have ended it for us in the perfect fashion.
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