In the final hours of Treefort Music Fest, Red Room served as the last venue offering music as well as shelter from the rain. Crowds huddled outside under shared umbrellas, working their way into the packed venue.
First up was Dark Swallows, the side project from Ivy Meissner and Phil Merrell of Boise band Le Fleur. Since both bands are fronted by Meissner, they have similar sounds, but Dark Swallows delivers a more stripped-down treatment.
Next up was Cerberus Rex, the new project from Josh Galloway (formerly of Beautician), which features Z.V. House of A Seasonal Disguise on guitar. The band is a wall of crash cymbals and riffs with not even so much as an eighth note of respite from the sonic assault.
After those hell-hounds cleared off the stage, Downsided continued the wall of noise, though not for very long. The band's set didn't last more than 20 minutes.
Wolvserpent filled the room completely with fog as the band's fans screamed with delight. Although the music was slow and brooding, the energy seemed to be growing. By the time The Brett Netson Band began its set, you could feel the urgency of a night that no one wanted to be over.
When Netson began yelling things like, "Our town, our money" the Boise pride overflowed and the dance floor became a sea of thrashing arms. When Microbabies finally took the stage for the last official show of Treefort, the band used the opportunity to get the crowd even more riled up. People jumped on stage, crashed into amps and beer cans flew across the room. The night ended with plenty of hugs and cheers as people made their way home in the rain for some much needed rest.