by Andrew Crisp
Boise band Spondee's EP release party fully embraced the all-ages creedo on Saturday, May 19.
Fifteen-year-old opener Isaac McRoberts, aka 2'nicorns, may be the youngest act to date to grace the stage at The Crux, the downtown coffeeshop and all-ages venue. Armed with a Casiotone and a Nintendo GameBoy, McRoberts queued up eight-bit tracks overlaid by his nervously quaking vocals.
"I bought the GameBoy cartridge online; you can use it to make music," said McRoberts.
"Yeah, I was nervous. My heart was pounding. I've been playing music for about two or three years. This was my second show ever, with my first at the Colorcube."
His first show took place back in January, before the all-ages venue near Boise State closed its doors after a short run. Former Colorcube co-proprietor Clint Vickery is also the frontman of Boise band Spondee.
Following McRoberts came two more openers, local singer-songwriter Seth Graham and accompanying band and sextet The Very Most. The former provided a number of original tracks, as well as covers of Coldplay songs like "Fix You." The latter roused best with a cover of a track from the movie Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Despite gems from Graham and The Very Most, at more than four hours, the EP release party proved too glacial a pace. By the time Spondee took the stage, the numerous youth in the audience looked tuckered out. Vickery was quick to point out McRoberts.
"Isaac's in high school, so he doesn't have very many places to play," Vickery told the crowd after taking the stage. "Continue to support places like The Crux."
After the show, Vickery said Boise's music scene still needs more all-ages opportunities.
"It's pretty grim, but now that we have The Crux here, it will get better. That scene has to happen here," he said. "You grow the scene through teenagers. The bar music scene doesn't work; it's more about alcohol."
Vickery's wife Melissa brought their 2-year-old daughter, orange earplugs in her ears, for her father to hold. She and a toddler wearing bright blue ear muffs made up the youngest of the crowd.
Despite their role in the Colorcube and promoting all-ages shows, Vickery and his wife are planning to move to Brooklyn, N.Y., for graduate school. Vickery has his sights set on New York University or Rutger's in New Jersey.