Commence the 10th annual Treefort Music Fest held in Boise, ID. Attending this festival for the last 10 years has been a truly blessed experience. This year started as any other, a seven hour drive through the vast expanse of eastern Oregon. The winding road gives us time to reflect on past Treefort, while researching what bands to see in the upcoming days.
Rolling into Boise on Wednesday evening allowed us to start our journey at the Linen Building to see JayWood. Hailing from Winnipeg, Canada, this four piece is primed to get you dancing with their indie styled funk-soul.
Switch Full Lotus
A new venue for the festival this year was the Masonic Temple, where we saw local Boise band Switch Full Lotus. This post-math-rock, jammed out band plays heavy soundscapes that are combined with prog-rock elements.
The first main stage act that we caught was the highly anticipated Snail Mail. This Baltimore indie band has all the makings of becoming a household name. Having recovered from recent vocal surgery, Lindsey Jordan is back in action and sounding excellent. The way that Snail Mail writes their apathetic pop-rock songs resonates deeply with me.
The dreamy soul band from Santa Barbara played an excellent set at the tripped out Sonic Temple. I had no idea what to expect from Dante Elephante, now I know why they have a cult following. The soulful-pop sound makes it easy to dance to. Check the latest album Mid-Century Modern Romance.
Journeying all the way from Manchester, Calva Louise has an incredible sound for a three piece. Mixing all kinds of styles I would say that they have a cyberpunk industrial heavy rock sound. The new album Euphoric has a sci-fi/graphic-novel feel to it.
The Boston band has a new album out called Parallel Timeline. Slothrust has an excellent taste of alt-rock sound blended with progressive songwriting. They headlined a packed show at The Shredder.
Checking out Mad Swede Brewing, we caught the local boys, Whippin Shitties. Full of beer and joy, we rocked out hard to the pop-alt-punk sound of Whippin Shitties. A must listen for any party.
We finished out the night with another local Boise band called The Simplots. A rock fusion band with incredibly high energy. It was a great ending to a most successful day 1 of Treefort Music Fest.