by April Foster
Portland, Ore., indie-folk collective Typhoon is no stranger around these parts. The 10-plus member rock 'n' roll orchestra has performed at the VAC, opened up for The Decemberists at the Idaho Botanical Gardens, and even packed into the front of the Pie Hole for a surprise late-night acoustic set.
Typhoon started out in 2005, and has since gone on to sign with Portland label Tender Loving Empire (Finn Riggins, Y La Bamba, Loch Lomond), where it has released two full-lengths and two EPs.
The band's latest album is 2011’s A New Kind of House, an EP that continues its tradition of anthemic choruses, bombastic brass and fat layers of instrumental production. The Neutral Milk Hotel influence is keenly apparent—with songs that flow in movements rather than verse/chorus—and a lead singer with a fragile, cracking voice. Typhoon's songs build in intensity before finally bursting into glorious celebrations loaded with strings, horns, big drums and guitars.
In an interview with Boise Weekly last August, Typhoon multi-instrumentalist Devin Gallagher commented on the band’s relationship with Boise:
"I grew up thinking Boise was one of the Northwest's places to play at because of Built to Spill."
It is fitting, then, that Typhoon is slated to warm up the Treefort Main Stage for Built to Spill on the Saturday, March 24 from 7-8 p.m.