by Andrew Crisp
Treefort organizers should be credited for filling out Saturday's lineup with big electro rock and pop outfits at a host of different venues. It's not hard to metaphorically wipe the sleep from one's eyes with bass rippling through the floorboards.
Los Angeles, Calif. band YACHT took the stage at 7 p.m., led by frontman and woman Claire Evans and Jona Bechtolt. While the pair struggled briefly with onstage equipment, Evans conducted an impromptu question and answer session.
"How old am I? Old enough," she told the audience.
Unlike the band's performance at Neurolux a year ago, Robert “Bobby Birdman” Kieswetter's guitar dominated YACHT's electronic elements. To warm up, we headed to The Linen Building for Boise bands Shades and The Dirty Moogs, who both played solid sets despite an hour-long hang up with setup.
"We are from Boise, Germany," Brenton Viertel told the crowd in a fake German accent.
Though Denver, Colo.'s ManCub launched right into a rendition of Prince's "1999," the biggest draw that night was Boise's Magic Sword. While others filed into line to catch K.Flay across the street, the line was short for China Blue. Inside, Magic Sword delivered punchy beats with waves of bass. Both members wore what looked like giant black fencing helmets studded with glowing LEDs, and at one point, they pulled out a sword lit blue and red.
"Daft Punk wish they were Magic Sword," said one audience member.
In the eyes of this reviewer, that's being generous. But their set was one of the best shows that evening. On a screen behind the pair, playing on a loop, were scenes from "Conan the Destroyer" overlaid with swirling visual effects. Those images said more than the band itself. Through its set, Magic Sword didn't utter a peep. But the crowd was too busy dancing to notice.