Sunday, March 25, 2012

Treefort: Fans Get Blown Away by Typhoon and Built to Spill

Posted By on Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Milling about the Main Stage crowd on the third day of Treefort were Jonathan “Yoni,” Liz and Josiah Wolf of the Berkeley, Calif. Band WHY? They were supposed to leave town Saturday morning.

“We got bumped off our flight, but it was a good thing,” said Yoni.

On stage, Portland, Ore. acts Au and Typhoon played back-to-back sets, the former providing frenetic electronica space jams, the latter soulful modern orchestra numbers. And Typhoon resembled an orchestra, too, with nine members on stage playing everything from trumpets to violins to a pair of maracas.

Dana Valatka of Portland, Ore.'s Au played percussion at a frantic pace as the sun set.
  • Dana Valatka of Portland, Ore.'s Au played percussion at a frantic pace as the sun set.

The audience was subdued by the band's hard-rock stylings, jazzed by their more acoustic moments and left swaying in the sunshine at the Main Stage. Frontman Kyle Morton crooned into the microphone while the rest of the band provided "oohs" and "aahs" for backup vocals on more than one track.

Kyle Morton of Portland, Ore. band Typhoon serenaded the Boise crowd at Treefort's Main Stage.
  • Kyle Morton of Portland, Ore. band Typhoon serenaded the Boise crowd at Treefort's Main Stage.

In the audience, Montana natives Lacey Ranf and Tessa Gehring said they were ecstatic for Typhoon to take the stage. They had driven eight hours to get to Boise, with Typhoon at the top of their list of must-sees.

“We’re from Lincoln, Mont.,” said Gehring. “There are maybe 1,000 people there, with a few more in the summer.”

Lincoln, Mont. Treefort fans Lacey Ranf, left, and Tessa Gehring, right.
  • Lincoln, Mont. Treefort fans Lacey Ranf, left, and Tessa Gehring, right.

The two 19-year-olds hopped in their Saturn Vue on March 23 for the long road trip. They stayed in an airport hotel on their first night of Treefort and are sleeping in their car for the remainder of the weekend.

“We went to a really cool French restaurant,” said Ranf. “La Vie en Rose, I think? I had eggs benedict. They were delicious.”

Boise band Built to Spill wrapped up the evening on the Main Stage. The bass was thumping but not overdone, and the guitar was every bit as powerful as on the band's albums. Throughout Treefort, frontman Doug Martsch has been a regular sight at every venue, a kid-in-a-candy-store gaze adorning his face.

Boise band Built to Spill drew the largest crowd yet for the Treefort Main Stage.
  • Boise band Built to Spill drew the largest crowd yet for the Treefort Main Stage.

When the BTS guys took the stage, the crowd had swelled to numbers yet unseen at the Main Stage. Twitter blew up with mentions of Martsch and the band, some users waxing philosophical on the group's former shows.

The band's setlist included tracks from 2009's There is No Enemy as well as the classics—enough to make any longtime fan nostalgic.

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