Whereas my Treefort Friday night schedule was laced with soul, Saturday was all over the map. After spending the afternoon interviewing bands in the Boise Weekly Treefortress, I kicked off the evening at The Crux with local lo-fi trio First Borns. Drummer Eric Butterworth’s energetic beats built the backbone of the group’s sound, while singer Chris Smith chanted lyrics over droney guitars.
Next, it was off to Neurolux for Portland, Ore.’s Y La Bamba, which dove into its set with a rollicking, accordion-filled folk number, followed by an equally energetic song sung in Spanish by enigmatic lead singer Luz Elena Mendoza. Unfortunately, from there the band transitioned into some whisper-y slow tracks that lost the attention of the rowdy crowd.
Seeking a little more energy, I swung by the Main Stage for the last few songs of The Walkmen’s set. Singer Hamilton Leithauser gripped a bottle of wine, which he tipped to his lips with an appropriate rock star swagger before arching his back and belting out the line “break out the bottles” on the band’s encore song, “All Hands and the Cook.”
From there, my night wound from Innocent Man’s furious fiddling at Tom Grainey’s to Magic Sword’s saber brandishing electronic dance set at China Blue to K.Flay’s belted rhymes at Reef and finally to Wooden Indian Burial Ground at Red Room, which tore the place down with its high-energy psychedelic, garage rock. The packed crowd morphed from a mosh pit into a dance party and back to a mosh pit as the band peppered in commentary like: “That song’s about surfing on acid with your dad.” It was an appropriately random end to an awesomely random night.