Thursday, March 22, 2012

Treefort: Kick-Off Show Cranks Up the Volume

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Dustin Wong croons into the microphone, amid shoeless pedal-tapping and guitar diddling.
  • Dustin Wong croons into the microphone, amid shoeless pedal-tapping and guitar diddling.

The inaugural Treefort show on Thursday, March 22, shot off like a gun. And in this metaphor, the trigger was Boise band Finn Riggins, which played an explosive set at Neurolux at 6 p.m. The door guy pulled out his iPhone, and with a decibel meter app recorded that the place was rocking at 93 decibels, on par with the volume of a lawnmower.

“It actually doesn’t go above 100 decibels,” he said as the app ticked up to 100. “But when you get this loud, it doesn’t really matter.”

It was loud, but judging by the crowd of more than 200 people, much enjoyed. While the majority of the audience filtered out after Finn Riggins, those who stayed behind were greeted by Baltimore, Maryland musician Dustin Wong, the sweater-wearing one-man band who creates a sound thick with complexity, using nothing more than an electric guitar, his voice and almost a dozen loop, delay and distortion pedals.

The hairy, flannel-clad guys from Woodsman brought the whole thing home, finishing an ethereal showcase before the sun set.

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