by Josh Gross
Though it’s hard to imagine now, rock 'n' roll used to scare the bejeezus out of people. It inspired racist conspiracy theories and sermons about moral decline. But aside from how untrue the accusations made about rock 'n' roll were, part of what made it so bizarre was how non-threatening the music was. Bill Haley and His Comets may have started riots across Europe, but the band did it by playing the heart-warmingly jubilant "Rock Around the Clock."
Seattle psychedelic garage-rock band Koko and the Sweetmeats, on the other hand, sound dangerous. The band is dark and spacious, using grungy blues riffs dotted with sparse percussion and moaning laments to craft richly atmospheric tunes. If Black Sabbath were an indie band, and fronted by a crooner instead of a wailer, it could well sound like Koko and the Sweetmeats.
Even the band’s cover art screams, "Danger, Will Robinson." The band’s 2011 album, Sacrifice, features a frenetic sketch of a buffalo’s head that looks straight from the files of a prison therapist.
The band probably won’t steal any children while its in Boise to play Treefort Music Fest on Sunday, March 25, from 10-10:40 p.m. at the Linen Building. But it sounds like it might. And that small tinge of fear is what makes Koko and the Sweetmeats so thrilling to listen to.