The first night of Treefort Music Fest 2013 offered some solid performances—among them The Last Bison's frenetic instrumentation at the Linen Building, and Sage Francis' witching hour romp at the Reef.
But it was one of Boise's own bands that wowed me most at the early hour of 8 p.m. Hollow-Wood took some extra time setting up on the Linen Building stage following Mickey the Jump, but from the moment frontman Adam Stip led the band into the first song, the crowd got interested.
"We started out as a three-piece, and I don't know how this happened," Stip told the crowd early on.
In fact, according to one of the band members after their set, Thursday was their first performance as a septet, something no one would've guessed. What's more, no member of Hollow-Wood is older than 21 years old. Despite their fresh faces, the band members combined guitar, drums, upright bass and cello into a fast-rocking folk smorgasbord.
Though known for its eight-minute epic "Little Bird," it was the simpler tracks with easy-to-remember lyrics that got the audience stomping their feet. On one track, Stip chants refrains of: "We all got bored / so we burned down our homes / yes we burned down our homes / until morning," while the band provided backup vocals, crashed cymbals and added bass-filled punctuation.
Members of the crowd chanted right along with them.
Expect to see more of Hollow-Wood. According to Stip, the band is looking to put out an album in the near future.