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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