(Don’t miss Treefort Music Fest Part 1)
Months later, without any more ado, I bring you Part 2:
The next few days of Treefort were filled with all sorts of great bands!
We caught another project of local musician David Wood in which he collaborates with many other musicians to put on a unique aural and visual performance.
Self described as being “Formed in a basement full of dated keyboards next to the river with deep choruses, layered sounds, and an overall strive for simple pop. Music that you can dance to or fall asleep to.”
The music was very fun. Catchy electronic beats, poppy synth and distorted, trippy vocals with four musicians projected on a screen with interesting visuals. The crowd was entranced by the show!
You may recall a previous post I wrote about Toy Zoo. They are an emerging new wave piss pop band hailing from both Twin Falls and Boise, Idaho.
They drew quite a large crowd with their distorted basses, chill beats, overwhelming keys, and hauntingly beautiful vocals that make gorgeous, catchy songs that you can dance to or get lost in.\
Their set was very good and powerful. Even with tons of people packed in, most still found a spot to dance and call their own. The lead singer does a great job dancing and getting into it and really appears comfortable on stage. The rest of the band are also comfortable playing their great new wave-esque style along with her, while having a style all their own!
We headed back to El Korah Shrine building to catch Seattle’s all female surf band La Luz! We were very excited to see them play as was a fully packed crowd! Having had the honor to open and attended past shows before, we knew this was a not-to-be-missed performance! These girls are so talented and so very good at their instruments, it’s awe-inspiring each and every time!
This overly qualified quadruplet of ladies rocked that stage, crowd surfed, and had the whole audience dancing, not one person could help but wiggle around and go nuts!
Their heavenly harmonizing vocals, surfy shredding guitars, boppin bass, and bangarang drums help take you to the beach on a surf board of sound!
Rushing back to The Crux, we saw Bare Wires’ Matthew Melton’s new project Warm Soda, a pop/glam/rock n roll band from Oakland, California! Before they even started, I was instantly impressed by his white Ovation Breadwinner guitar featured in the pictures for all you gear nerds out there.
But that wasn’t the only impressive things about Matthew Melton. His vocals were so smooth and charming, and effortless. In fact, everything the guy did looked easy and effortless! But it didn’t stop there! The instrumentation and intricate arrangements were amazing enough to be likened to The Strokes, which goes without saying that included vocal styling!
Long hair was whipping around in the air, boots stomped and the tightest of shirts, jeans, and indoor sunglasses were adorned. The crowd was in love, dancing and rocking, entranced with Warm Soda. The catchy songs and entertaining performance by all band members was enough to have me insisting on purchasing the last copy of their 2013 cassette “Someone For You,” an excellent album that I find myself playing quite often. They also have a newer album that came out this year in March called “Young Reckless Hearts.”
Got a hot tip about this Denver based Psych/Soul band and headed to The Bouquet to catch their set. I couldn’t believe how much fun they were! Even just watching their soundcheck was enjoyable!
These guys sure know how to capture that 60s sound! I could hear elements of garage, surf, psychedelic rock all put together to make their own special blend of excellent music! Not only were they astounding musicians, but also had a great stage presence!
The crowd was having so much fun, most people were dancing. You couldn’t help but shimmy and shake and bop along to The Blue Rider’s fresh sounds! Check out The Blue Rider EP out now on Hot Congress Records!
The last day, I attended a showcase at The Shredder one of the great venues in Boise with arcade games, a half pipe, a bar, need I say more? The first band I caught was Deep Creeps, a local self described noise creep punk band. They play such complicated, heavy, chaotic music that it’s impressive and really fun to watch. They wear themselves out!
They have a great stage presence. They’re funny and not at all serious or uptight. They’re just normal, humble dudes. I enjoy that they don’t have the typical “tough guy” look or persona and have silly songs about nematodes and bees.
Weird time signatures and time signature changes, deep growls, mathy chaotic guitar, heavy bass drops, and complicated panic-y drums completes the package on this noisey trio.
I was both intrigued and excited about this garage rock n’ roll band from Denver, Colorado! The name alone drew me in. I mean, it’s Colfax Speed Queen. I didn’t know what to expect, but they showed me what they were all about in the first few seconds, drawing in the whole crowd, impossible not to dance to.
They were very fun and a great mix of many long lost sounds. I overheard someone likening them to a mixture of The Cramps, The B-52s, and The Oblivians. I read where they were compared with Prince and Buddy Holly. While there are be some influences heard, I’d say it’s definitely their own sound, but to be likened to such acts I hope would be an honor and not too far off!
The keyboard preached like a haunted church organ. The bass was boppin’ and a rockin’. The drums were poundin’ and astoundin’. The guitar was a gorgeous Airline I drooled over and it sounded as good as it looked! And the croonin rockin vocals would have made Lux Interior himself proud! I’ve been enjoying their album “Satisfaction Intended” out on Hot Congress Records!
GUERRILLA SHOWS OUTSIDE
There was a guerrilla show outside after Colfax Speed Queen that was a shared set of locals Art Fad and Sock Children. The two-piece garage punk bands played battle of the bands style back and forth sharing the set. As always, it was fun to watch and sounded great!
This self described “snotty punk band” is from Portland, Oregon and features memebers of other projects such as: Red Dons, Therapists, Soda Pop Kids, and Dottie Attie. I only got to see a short amount of their set, but from what I saw it was good! My camera battery was dead, so I had to use my not so good phone camera for some of the shots from here on out. Apologies for the quality.
This Denver two-piece band played fun, catchy punk songs that people danced to. This all girl band was fun to watch and had some funny songs ranging from topics of lame dates and housewives, to toxic pools and lawless ghosts! The crowd enjoyed and danced along and everyone seemed to have a great time!
Another great band from Denver, but all together another sound, say hello to Zebroids! These party animals have a dude in a zebra costume that goes around the crowd giving out chugs from a skull and spine-hosed beer bong and dances/carries audience members! If that isn’t exciting enough, wait til you hear about their music!
Zebroids put on a great show because their M.O. is fun first! Often found saying “F*** Art, Let’s Party!” They seem to have a lot of fun and party on! They are garage party punk and I think they prove it every time they perform.
With distorted guitars and bass with bangin punk drums and punky gang vocals, they got the crowd going! There was a crazy mosh pit and everyone was hyped up and ready to party! The Zebra giving beer bongs, beers being thrown, getting rides on the zebra, the crowd went insane!
You can get The Zebroids album “Hepatitus Z” cassette out on Heart In A Box Records!
Naomi Pumk from Olympia, Washington got to play Treefort fest again this year! I was excited to see them again and they delivered!
Naomi Punk brings powerful, driving, heavy grunge garage with clean guitars, headbanging drums, and echo-y melodic vocals.
I highly recommend and enjoy their album “The Feeling” available from Captured Tracks!
Perfect Pussy from Syracuse, New York has been described as post punk noise and “one of the boldest new rock bands” by Pitchfork. At this point, The Shredder was at capacity and I couldn’t get back in except backstage, so I had to borrow some photos from those who could see it.
I could still hear the music though, with a wall of guitar sounds, and Meredith Graves singing, and enjoyed my behind the scenes look at this band that has received hype not only from Pitchfork, but also Rolling Stone, Stereogum, and more!
Meredith Graves has been said to be a great front woman in the making and I’d agree! Find their debut album “Say Yes To Love” also on Captured Tracks!
What a great way to end Treefort Music Fest 2014!!
Missed Part 1? Find it here!