Treefort Music Fest 2013 – Days 3 & 4

Photo by Treefort Photo Dept

 [Part 2 of Earlier Post: Treefort Music Fest 2013 – Days 1 & 2]

SW/MM/NG: 



Photo by KillingSasquatch





On Saturday, we finally found parking, rushed to The Crux, and barely
caught the last few songs of Arkansas psychedelic pop band SW/MM/NG.

Photo by KillingSasquatch

  The reverb-soaked guitar and contagious drum beats had the crowd dancing and smiling.

Photo by KillingSasquatch

GENDERS:

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Next, we rushed to El Korah Shrine to catch Genders from Portland. Having heard them ahead of time a little, I had been excited and eager to see them live.

Found on OPBMusic.org

Genders have a captivating stage presence and really draw you in. Maggie Morris on guitar and Katherine Paul on drums are both very good and technical, as well as having beautiful, strong vocals.

Found on OPBMusic.org (at Mississippi Studios)

Stephen Leisy on guitar, and Matt Hall on bass also take turns singing and round out the band, providing rhythm and big sound.

Found on OPBMusic.org (at Mississippi Studios)

 

GAYZE:

Photo by Scott Pemble

Jaunted back to The Crux to catch Gayze, a garage band that consists of some members of local bands Deaf Kid, Teens, Art Fad, as well as Cody Mauser of San Antonio garage band The Rich Hands.

Photo by Scott Pemble

They had some cool visuals projecting on stage to go with the psych/garage soundtrack that was rocking the crowd.

Photo by Mark Pemble

LENGUAS LARGAS:

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Swooped back to El Korah Shrine to catch the last few songs of Tuscon’s Lenguas Largas, featuring members of Swing Ding Amigos, the Blacks, Shark Pants, Treepeople, Digital Leather, and Sexy.

Blurry photo by me

The building was getting more and more crowded as the next band, Built to Spill was nearing, but the crowd was entertained and pleasantly surprised to hear and become fans of Languas Largas, who have been described as “dreamy garage-pop” and “peyote rock.”

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A lot of the crowd was dancing and bobbing along with the fun and excitement provided by their multiple drummers and driving guitars, while Issac Reyes puts them in a trance with his falsetto crooning under the neon sign.

Photo by me

TEA COZIES:

Photo by Chona Kasinger

At the Red Room we saw Seattle’s Tea Cozies. They had a pretty short set, but filled in-between with some amusing banter and throwing around a blow-up animal.

Photo by Chona Kasinger

I would have enjoyed the set more if it wasn’t so late. The music was good, but quite mellow for how late it was, and my energy was tanking fast. But overall, a good set!

WOODEN INDIAN BURIAL GROUND:

Photo by Rachel Milbauer

These wild dudes were exactly what I was looking/waiting for. Energetic, loud, fast, crazy garage/psych rock that will help you make it through the rest of the night, even if you’re sobering up.

Photo by B. Schultz

The Red Room was packed like sardines. From the first chord to the last, the crowd was going mental! Constant moshing, pushing, dancing, and crowd surfing (but mostly crowd dropping!) One second, you think you’re safe enough to look at the stage instead
of the crowd or a mishap or help someone up. The next thing you know,
you have to duck cuz you almost got kicked in the head, or someone
threw something, or you have to push back some moshers that sprung up
beside you.

Photo by Rachel Milbauer

 They only played one “slow song” for “people who are high.” The other songs were more fast and about “surfing on acid with your dad.” An entertaining and crazy ending that couldn’t have come too soon. I was no longer left wanting more and could happily go home for the night.

BAD WEATHER CALIFORNIA:

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The next day, it was nice weather when we made it down to the main stage to see Bad Weather California. If the name and the nice day isn’t ironic enough, they’re also from Denver, Colorado.

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Their music is fun and catchy and takes you back to a simpler time. With songs about broken bottles, bleach, ruined curbs, junk food, and the mall. Tropical, beachy easiness and capturing the essence of youth. Sing alongs, and oh yeah, TONS of fake-out sike song endings for tricking the audience.

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So much fun, and music so good, I knew it needed to be a part of my upcoming Summer soundtrack and purchased their vinyl LP and a 7″ for good measure. Met ’em, too. Nice guys!

SCHOOL KNIGHTS:

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Another Denver band, School Knights played Red Room and served up some fine noise/pop with a side of humor. According to their bio they: “Met at a Slayer show in ’89. carved Slayer into each-others arms. blood
dripped out onto the floor, spelled out “school knights”. band was born.”

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Melodic, surfy guitar, boppin drums, groovin’ bass, and energetic, harmonious, catchy vocals!

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 NAOMI PUNK


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Next, at the Linen Building, Washington’s Naomi Punk must be making their grungefathers proud. Powerful, driving, heavy grunge garage.

Photo by me

The whole crowd was headbanging or stomping or bobbing, it was impossible not to!

Photo by Nicole Browner

Naomi Punk is fast, loud, and heavy in a whole new way, or a way that has been forgotten.

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THE BLANK TAPES:

Photo by IndieWalker

Back to the Red Room we went to see Matt Adam’s band The Blank Tapes, named for all the hundreds of songs he has written and recorded himself. Matt Adams also draws his own album art & posters. He even used to work for MAD Magazine!

Photo by me

Classically authentic sounding 60s garage/pop/rock. Sounds like they take you back in time with them. I bought a “sun’s too bright” tape and met Matt. He even gave me a poster! What a kind and brilliant artist, musician, and man!

Photo by Jed Statz

GRASS WIDOW:

Photo by Ellen Rumel

Bay area band Grass Widow is a 3 piece, all girl band. Their unique sound comes mostly from melodic, three way harmonies supplied by all members. Fun surfy guitar, deep basslines, and precise drumming made the crowd wanna dance and clap.

Found on Tumblr by Unknown

They have been featured in Portlandia as well as on Hunx’s Hollywood
Nailz. Bassist Hannah Lew makes and directs some of my favorite music videos for
the likes of Shannon and the Clams, Hunx, The Mallard, Wax Idols, King Tuff, and many more including, of course, Grass Widow.

Blurry photo by me

TEENS:

Photo by Stewart Havlicak

The last set of the festival I saw was local band Teens. Psychedelic garage with lo-fi, reverby vocals with an obvious 60s influence, while bringing it into today by making it faster, more wild, and tons of fun!

Photo by John Yingling

The drunken, energetic crowd was invited onstage with the band, as many as could fit. Crowd surfing still happening and dancing and pushing and goin crazy! Some friends and I managed to get up in the back but quickly noticed how the stage was bouncing like a trampoline and decided we were fine to watch from the floor with our drinks. 

Photo by John Yingling

And, things did get crazy! The electrical piping got torn off the ceiling, reminiscent of last year’s Treefort set where they also almost brought the Red Room down with similar results from asking the crowd to come onstage and party with them! But what a great set and grand finale to end a four day weekend of a nonstop, truly independent, unique, musical buffet.

Photo by Ellen Rumel

It’s hard to explain until you have experienced it for yourself, but I have so much love and pride of my hometown Boise, and every band that played, every member of the crowd, every volunteer, every member of the press, anyone that was at any part of it felt it, too. The unity, the comradery, the experience is like nothing else I have witnessed.

It’s something we’re constantly hearing from bands,
blogs, press, music snobs, even well traveled festival junkies, that it is an
entirely different, much more intimate, magical experience, exceeding even the best live concert/festival experiences. And all this
without any large corporate sponsoring or tacky energy drink themed
stages/banners. Completely, truly independent.

Don’t miss out next year!

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FuzzTrash

Record Junkie, Music Maniac, Film Fanatic, Show Thrower/Goer, Thrift Store Troubadour, Maker of Music.

Garage, Rock n Roll, Surf, 1960s, Ska, Reggae, Rockabilly

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