With the holiday season upon us, it's easy to get a bit overwhelmed and under the weather. Among the long drives, bitter cold, smoggy air and endless renditions of Christmas carols, relief is on the way--aural relief, anyway. Local indie-rockers The Treatment are releasing a new self-titled album and throwing a party to celebrate it.
The Treatment's members are longtime Boise music veterans: guitar hero Scott Schmaljohn (Treepeople, The Hand, Stuntman), vocalist Angela Schmaljohn (Doublewide), bassist Chris Bock (Geyser, The Magnetics), guitarist Dave Redford (Mosquitones) and drummer Jason Serna (Happenstance). The Treatment are a great example of what Boise musicians have historically done best: make music that applies multiple styles to narratives of small-town life.
In true Boise fashion, this group has pulled together differing influences to create a collection of songs that is as familiar as a candy cane and as strange as chili-pepper chocolate. The songs blend the straightforward punk simplicity of bands like the Ramones or Black Flag with progressive melodic structures of Superchunk and You Shall Know Us By The Trail of Dead, with the danceable beats of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The Treatment is not derivative of these influences, rather they rise to the occasion, bringing a balance of pleasing musical elements. This album is fun and from the first track on, it's easy to imagine everyone from ages 12 to 40 bouncing with hands raised or fists clenched in a perfect rock pose while listening to it. --Brian Mayer
Saturday, Dec. 9., 9 p.m., $3, with The Magnetics and The Murders, The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St.