Friday, March 23, 2012

Treefort: Loch Lomond, Dinosaur Feathers, Mr. Gnome Rock Red Room

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

For the opening night of the Treefort Music Fest, the Red Room featured a triple-header of diverse acts.

Loch Lomond performed a set of fragile, atmospheric indie rock. The six-piece band from Portland, Ore., moved gracefully from dreamy and sweet moods to tense and brooding. The band delivered serene four-piece harmonies, and topped them off with ethereal keyboard and guitar work.

Loch Lomond performing at the Red Room March 22 as part of the Treefort Musicfest.
  • Loch Lomond performs at the Red Room March 22 as part of the Treefort Music Fest.

Dinosaur Feathers took the energy up a notch with a set of high-powered rock 'n' roll. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based four-piece worked together as a single locked-in unit, harnessing the power of its four instruments to create full and dense indie rock. By the middle of its set, the Red Room reached full capacity.

Dinosaur Feathers performs at the Red Room.
  • Dinosaur Feathers performs at the Red Room.

Cleveland’s Mr. Gnome took the stage next, and crushed the audience with a high-powered drum-and-guitar assault. Lead singer Nicole Barille moved back and forth between a distorted, muffled microphone, and a mild reverb enhanced mic—giving her voice added versatility. Drummer Sam Meister produced incredibly ferocious rhythms, riding the cymbals constantly and just about destroying the snare drum with his hard smacks.

At one point, the hard-hitting music drove the front of the audience into a friendly mosh pit while the rest of the festivalgoers danced in their respective spaces.

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