The familiar reverberations of heavy bass common in reggae songs filtered out through the doors of the Knitting Factory Jan. 17, during Tribal Seeds’ Boise stop on its Winter West-Coast Tour.
When I arrived at the show, the second opening act, Massachusetts-based Stick Figure, was a few songs into its set, and the crowd was rhythmically swaying and bouncing to the music. Stick Figure expanded on the long instrumental segments typical in reggae songs, using lyrics only occasionally. “Breathe” held only a few verses, while other songs such as “Shelter” and "Break of Day” sounded surprisingly familiar.
After playing a lengthy yet enjoyable set, Stick Figure gave way to the main act, Tribal Seeds. The San Diego group has played in Boise three times since 2011. The band's set-up was quick, and the crowd had little waiting to do before the six-member group took the stage.
Opening with “The Garden,” a stereotypical cannabis-related song, Tribal Seeds had the crowd singing along and bouncing to the slower beat. Next was another easily recognizable song, “All I Know,” which was livelier and faster-paced. During its set, Tribal Seeds also performed two newer songs, “Night and Day,” and “In Your Eyes,” both of which were released as singles in 2012.
While not overly crowded, the Knitting Factory was bustling and full of beer-in-hand reggae lovers. I left the show with Tribal Seeds' oddly relaxing-yet-peppy reggae guitar strums echoing in my head.