by Josh Gross
As anyone who picked up this week's edition of Boise Weekly should know, the space that houses the Red Room, has been a home to rock 'n' roll for decades. But that all nearly came to an end on March 24, when the Treefort lineup nearly rocked it into a pile of rubble on the ground.
First up was one of Boise's weirdest: the all-girl vag-punk duo Vagerfly, which took the stage in orange-and-black striped face paint to belt out some serious harpsichord and drums with Le Tigre-esque fury.
Vagerfly is known for its irreverence and vulgarity, but caught up in the glee of the festival, it was in rare form.
"You guys are the best audience we have ever had," said singer Michelle Fast.
After Vagerfly was another keyboard-heavy girl duo, Seattle's Lemolo. But instead of vulgar wailing and dance-punk, Lemolo brought a spacious and dreamy sound with sparse keyboard lines and big lush vocals.
The band missed a beat on a loop pedal and had to restart a song midway through its set.
"Don't worry," one member said. "We'll nail it tomorrow night."
Next up was another Seattle band who also messed up and had to start a song over, Dude York.
The band dished out garage-punk, raw, bouncing all over the stage and prepping the crowd for two-pronged rock onslaught to come, first from the blitzkrieg of Portland's And And And, and then from Boise's Teens.
Teens cemented its reputation as the best live band in Boise with one simple question from guitarist David Wood: "Anyone want to come up here and party with us?"
Within seconds, the stage was flooded with people from the audience, dancing and generally behaving like a scene from Reefer Madness.
"Seriously guys, there's plenty more room up here," Wood added.
So more piled onstage. And more. And more. By Teens' third song, there were so many people on stage dancing that the band was completely invisible from the audience. The guitars cut out, likely from a pulled cable, and Teens plowed on anyhow, energized by the two layers of crowdsurfing, one in the audience and another onstage.
Towards the end of the set, Wood tried to thank the crowd, pointing out that the last time the band had played at Red Room, there was somewhere in the neighborhood of a dozen people there.
The band played another song. Somehow, the building survived.