Monday, March 25, 2013

Treefort Sunday Re-Cap: Bands Push Through Last Day of Treefort

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Built to Spill playing at El Korah Shrine March 24
  • Built to Spill played at El Korah Shrine March 24.

Sundays are days of rest, and after three days of solid Treeforting—a verb whose existence shows that the festival has gained some traction in Boise since its debut last year—bands and attendees were ready to tap the brakes on a weekend that featured musical acts like the massively-attended Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, El Ten Eleven and Yacht.

Boise instrumental metal rockers Trite rode a bullet train through hell at The Linen Building with crushing guitars, splitting bass lines and not a single, solitary word to muck it up, but the few attendees nodded and jostled as though they'd forgotten how to mosh. There are few sounds thinner and less enthusiastic than polite clapping between metal songs.

Later at The Linen Building, Hummingbird of Death managed to light enough of a fire in the crowd to warm a few hands, but again, crowd response was inhibited.

Even Dan Deacon, playing on the Main Stage at the summit of his nerdy charms—invoking, at length, Battlestar Galactica and The Lord of the Rings—used every trick in his dance party playbook to invigorate and humor his crowd.

"You know the Uruk-hai were just a few days ahead of the Fellowship," he said, referring to The Fellowship of the Ring. "They were going to make horrible craft jewelry with their [the Fellowship's] bones."

His tactics included getting the audience to take a knee and point at the stars, form a dance-off space in the middle of the crowd and divide the audience into dance teams.

Even tireless Boise rockers Built to Spill, which had already played El Korah Shrine March 23, seemed to be taking a break from their usual material to play a well-attended set of covers of Bob Dylan, Cheap Trick and more during what served as Treefort's closing ceremony, again at El Korah Shrine.

Outside El Korah, a small group of Treeforters had congregated near the front door. "I can't wait to sleep," one said.

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