Friday. The most chaotic part of Treefort Music Fest. The energy surrounding the small city of Boise is brimming with anticipation, as the festival reaches its peak form.
The end of Spring Break is near, and there is so much more partying to do.
Its so fitting and awesome that Fruit Bats open Treefort 10 day 3 main stage. You might remember Fruit Bats from your baggy jeans and converse days, and now that baggy jeans are back with a vengance, Fruit Bats are too! Fruit Bats strain of pleasant earthy folk rock / indie pop has evolved and its cool to see ultra prolific rockers of over 20 years making such amazing and relevant music today.
Deeper has a cool new wave rock and roll sound that rolls us quickly into Treefort day 3. The rhythms push and pull across the songs and the melodies bend across the guitar strings. 9/10 would recommend Deeper.
Black Ends (Seattle WA) at Linen Building is a fun trip. Proclaimed gunk-pop band, the sound is heavy even sludgy at times but pops and bounces with great songwriting. We love the spooky dissonant style and you will definitely too.
What an amazing show! Flipturn had the entire Egyptian Theater up out of their seats shouting lyrics along with the band. Everyone is having a great time grooving to sunshine filled pop rock. Flipturn (Fernandino Beach FL) had not been on our radar since they formed around 2015 but they sure as heck are now, and should be on yours too.
Heading underground to the arcade Spacebar for some refreshments, we came across a Treefort moment. Not knowing what to expect we caught the most bizzarre lounge act Mattress. The golden suited solo act from Portland absolutely made our night. Combining dark synth, new wave drums, and distinct vocals, Mattress made for an incredible performance.
Walk The Doctor
If you like EDM get online and check Walk The Doctor right now! This dudes beats are TIGHT! It has a cool OG hip-hop DJ vibe but with lots of dynamic samples, trap beats, and transitions that make these tracks more than just a beat.
Walking by trendy bike bar Handlebar, we hear alluringly upbeat punk rock — Mowth from SLC. It’s an oddly satisfying set, dancey songs with the power and energy of Heart or Sleater-Kinney. Their new single ”Time Bomb” solidifies their often made comparison to riot grrrl and you should go and give it a listen now.
We love the major talent that just froths out of Boise, and Empty Suits is the whipped cream on top. These guys slam out highly listenable, energetic pop / punk / rock music that’s so tight to see live. And we love Mad Swede brewing as a venue too.
Spoon Benders are easily the foremost popular kids in Portland right now. Check them out and you will clearly see why; they weave epic forceful riffs with catchy hooks and psychedelic themes. Performance is on Spoon Benders resume and these young rock pros are HIGHLY qualified.