Below are quick recaps of the various shows SSG Music staff attended while at Treefort Music fest. We also have put over 40 different videos from these shows on our Youtube channel, which you can watch and subscribe to by clicking here. SSG Music was able to snag a few quick interviews with some of these bands as well; make sure to check out those posts!
Tartufi is a trio based out of San Francisco that creates genre-bending rock. Tartufi creates ambient songs that implement looping to create layered backing noises while also using live drums, guitar, and bass. While the group is not strictly instrumental, they do not rely heavily on vocals alone. The outcome of their talent and work is an ethereal rock experience that gets the crowd pumped.
Instrumental ambient rockers The Green Zoo might hail from Caldwell, Idaho, but they have a big-city sound. The six members fit quite snugly on the Linen Building stage where they had two drumsets, one drummer also playing keys, and four people on guitars. While their music always built to a crescendo it was easy to listen to yet still rocked hard.
AU is a band that is hard to try to categorize. A good reason for that is that they constantly experiment with new sounds from a variety of genres, although a good portion of their songs seem to fit in the category of experimental pop and electronic rock. Luke Wyland’s vocals are similar to Beirut’s and he plays the keys masterfully while Dana Valatka rocks out on the drums and Holland Williams delivers perfect vocal harmonies. Williams is a new addition to the band and the guys let her perform her own song, which she said was “a song about going crazy,” and honestly, her performance stole the show. It was a solo song but you wouldn’t have known unless you watched it with your own eyes; she used looping pedals for her vocals and instruments. Williams also played a toy xylophone and a clarinet for AU’s songs.
Red Hands Black Feet was another instrumental band that performed on the Linen Building stage. The Boise natives consist of two guitarists, a bassist, and a drummer, who create atmospheric shoegaze rock. The band is yet another fine example of the amazing female drummers that were performing at Treefort. While the beginning of their set started off at a slow pace, don’t let it fool you – by the end of their set and around the time of an encore there was a full-on mosh pit and crowd surfing going on.
Portland-based Typhoon stretched the main stage real estate with their nine members and two drum sets, which is actually a low number of band members for a performance of theirs. They performed various hits like “White Liars” and “Belly of the Cavern,” which demonstrated their chamber-folk qualities along with their post-pop and freak-folk styling. The band is known for being fun and easy-going, which was evidenced by one of the trumpet players, Tyler, live “pocket” tweeting from the stage. Granted it wasn’t a coherent message but it just goes to show Typhoon’s fun side.
The collective folk group The Archer’s Apple proved why vocal harmonies are so mesmerizing. The Provo, Utah based band features four members that create unique folk music including vocal harmonies, guitar solos, rock, and a slight twinge of surf-rock. They sing songs about love and loss, all while hanging on to a glimmer of hope on the vocals and upbeat guitar riffs.
The Bare Bones are a blues garage rock band at its finest. The trio is based out of Boise and put on an energetic show with their gritty guitar, crashing cymbals, and cowbell usage. One thing I found interesting were the unique cymbals that The Bare Bones use – one in particular made a flat sound but brought an oomph to a song. The Bare Bones are a great mix of The Black Keys and Little Hurricane, all while putting their own unique spin on blues rock.
Boise-based Built to Spill hadn’t played a hometown show in over two years, so the main stage area was packed when it came time for them to play. The group is well known both for their prominent role in independent music and their live performances, and they did not disappoint. While doing their sound check, the group went into an impromptu blues jam session that lasted for several minutes after doing a few rock riffs. Their sound check in a sense summed up their audience; individuals that varied between bobbing their heads, to crossed arms, to crowd-surfing. The music of Built to Spill carries over generational gaps and cliques.
Seattle-based duo Lemolo brought their dream-pop charm to The Red Room in front of a packed crowd. The ladies performed several of their hit singles that have been playing all over KEXP, including “Whale” and “Who Loves.” Lemolo also performed some new material from their highly anticipated debut album, which is expected to be released this spring or summer.
Another Boise band that blew us away was Dedicated Servers. The hip-hop duo is compromised of Matt Dixon and Dave Boutdy, who spit creative rhymes while keeping it all lighthearted and having fun. That is one recurring thing we noticed at Treefort; every single artist performing was having fun. And Dedicated Servers were no exception; they rocked Ale Fort (the sister brew fest going on the same weekend) and brought down The Reef on Saturday night. The duo was kind enough to do an interview over some coffee, so check that out on a separate post.