by April Foster
On the night of March 24 at Treefort, Neurolux featured a diverse mix of guitar-driven indie bands on its brightly lit, crowned stage.
Le Fleur performed first with a set of intense, guitar-driven indie rock. The six-piece Boise act dove straight into its lengthy jams, creating a heavy sheet of sound that warmed the happy Treefort audience. The band nailed each song individually, but uncharacteristically lacked in consistency. It took the audience some time to adjust from a heavy guitar blitz to a sweet chirpy number. The band tidied things up by the end of the set and delivered a scorching triple-guitar blitz finale.
Portland, Ore., act Aan took the stage next, and played a set of somber indie rock. The quartet’s sound was stiff and heavy, and washed over with a thick haze of echo and reverb. The band ran through a number of songs from its upcoming LP and kept the growing Neurolux crowd steadily dancing in place.
Seattle’s The Globes performed third, and unfortunately only played for a half hour—not nearly enough time for the crowd to catch a glimpse of Built to Spill at the Main Stage, grab a quick mini refill at Ale Fort and book it back to Neurolux. By the time I returned, The Globes had already started tearing down its instruments.
South Dakota’s EMA, aka Erika M. Anderson, kicked off her set standing amidst the crowd beneath the Neurolux stage. Anderson started singing softly with an impassioned intro, before quickly launching into a blissful cacophony of experimental noise rock. Her voice was gorgeous, and the three musicians backing her played flawlessly—especially the electric violinist, who created atmospheric backdrops with his smooth bow strokes. By the end of the set, the sweaty capacity crowd was in the palm of EMA’s hand.