Races, NO and Shades at The Linen Building

Dustin Verburg / April 4, 2012

Races, NO, Shades @ The Linen Building | 4/4 | $7 | 7pm | All Ages


Treefort Music Fest is throwing one final hurrah for the year as a way of thanking all of the bands, volunteers, sponsors and music fans that made the festival such a success. Treefort volunteers, sponsors, staff and artists will enjoy free admission at 6:30, and the general public will be welcomed at 7:30pm.

Promo image courtesy of Races

Van Nuys band Races is headlining the Decompression Party. Races play with a unique brand of sun-kissed melancholy, and it seeps into their dual guitars, oozes out of their lush backing vocals and settles around the understated rhythm section. Races also boast shimmering keyboards and dignified vocal hooks, along with soothingly atmospheric instrumental passages. Races might best be described as a polaroid photo of a beautiful girl hiding her sadness behind big sunglasses and a wistful smile.

Promo image courtesy of NO

Los Angeles bandNO plays straight-ahead jangly pop rock. NO is proof that simple instruments and a strong sense of melody are all a band needs to make memorable pop songs. No is capable of brooding ballads and triumphant dance anthems, and they play both with utter conviction. NO, as a band, is simply four guys dedicated to creating the best pop songs they can possibly play.

Photo by Nicholas Swenor

Boise chillwave act Shades completes the evening’s lineup. Layered vocal harmonies, big drums and cascading synthesizers make up the band’s signature sound. When the keys detune themselves like the audio on a treasured VHS tape and gracefully dance around the bittersweet croon of the vocals, Shades’ dedication to a perfect musical texture could not be more obvious.


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