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Surf rock quartet La Luz have played Boise several times now, and Treefort at least once. They had a close call with a semi-truck on their way home from a show in Boise in 2013 while on tour with of Montreal. We’re thankful that they survived that night and that they continue to come back to Boise. La Luz has had a big year following the release of their second LP, the Ty Segall produced ‘Weird Shrine’, that came out last August via Hardly Art. Since their last visit to Boise, they’ve relocated to sunny Southern California. Look for them on the Treefort Main Stage this year.
DIARRHEA PLANET ((( nashville, tennessee )))
Diarrhea Planet is a six-piece rock and roll band from Nashville, TN. Their sound has often been described as The Ramones holding Van Halen hostage with an arsenal of fireworks and explosives. Diarrhea Planet’s four guitarists provide enough riffs to make Jack Black squeal like a schoolgirl, while lead singer Hodan delivers enough hooks to straighten the curl out of Justin Timberlake’s hair. In a world of unintelligible lo-fi recording, reverb drenched vocals, and tuneless guitars, Diarrhea Planet aims to put the backbone back into rock and roll.
LUSHLIFE ((( philadelphia, pennsylvania )))
From the moment you hear the bristling boom-bap chorus on album-opener, “Totally Mutual Feeling,” it becomes apparent that Lushlife’s third full-length finds the Philadelphia rapper-producer at his most introspective. Themes of isolation and mortality permeate Ritualize, a cinematic hour-long odyssey co-produced by enigmatic production trio, CSLSX (pronounced “Casual Sex”) and featuring contributions from Ariel Pink, Killer Mike, Freeway, Marissa Nadler, RJD2, and more. With CSLSX at the boards, an entire universe opens up for Lush, where the pulsating Juno synths of ’80s LA night music sit side-by-side with gorgeously propulsive indie-leaning jams, and low-fi soul burners too. The resulting LP is a post-blog-era joint that seems to exhale the whole of the 20th century in a single, fascinating breath.
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE ((( tokyo, japan )))
Collective led by Kawabata Makoto. There are currently around 30 members, famous and unknown, musicians, artist, dancers, farmers etc. In order to follow and document their multifarious activities, in 1998 the Acid Mothers Temple family record label was set up. The Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. group is just one part of collective’s activities. Over a decade ago Kawabata became involved with a commune of Japanese beatniks and hippies, but the whole left-wing ethos didn’t really sit right with him. The members of Acid Mothers Temple have several houses all over Japan, and each of us is free to come and go between these houses. So we’re not a commune in the sense that all of us live together in the same place. There are some members who like to travel, others who stay at home. Everyone is free to live in whatever way they like. Our slogan is “Do Whatever You Want, Don’t Do Whatever You Don’t Want!!”. As a result of this philosophy, we have lost money and the trust of society as a whole, but we’ve gained time and freedom. When all the Aum Shinrikyo stuff was going on in Japan in 1995, there were quite a few of our members staying at AMT’s house. [NB Aum Shinrikyo, or Aum Supreme Truth, were the religious cult who carried out the poison gas attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995 that left 12 dead and over 1000 injured]. The neighbours mistakenly thought that our house was a secret Aum hideout and managed to get them evicted. Also, mountain villages are always suspicious of outsiders, and sometimes they are ostracised by the community. These kinds of problems pop up from time to time, but there’s not much we can do about it. One of our members is a farmer, living together with his fields and rice paddies. There’s another member who has travelled through the Australian deserts and lived with Aborigines. There’s others who are bumming round India. One went to Africa and never came back. One dropped out of a yakuza gang and decided to travel around Japan searching for mermaids. But we all live according to our slogan, and we all eventually return to the fold. They respect each others’ ways of life, and we try not to tie each other down. The “soul collective” only exists so that we can protect our freedom.
SALES ((( orlando, florida )))
SALES is the collaboration between Orlando, FL mega buddies Lauren Morgan (guitar/vocals) and Jordan Shih (guitar/programming). Their sound has been described as indie rock or pop, depending on who you are talking to. They self-released their eponymous debut EP on September 22, 2014, and their singles (“chinese new year”, “getting it on”, “renee”, “vow”) have gained the attention of The Guardian, Majestic, Stereogum, Bandcamp Weekly, Hype Machine + BBC 6, CMJ, and Gorilla vs. Bear, amongst others. The duo spent 2015 touring the US, Europe, and Canada. They are self-releasing their debut full length album, also self-titled, on April 20, 2016. Artwork for all of their releases is done by collage artist and designer Alana Questell.
Y LA BAMBA ((( portland, oregon )))
After a 2.5-year hiatus, singer and guitarist Luz Elena Mendoza is reviving Y La Bamba. What started in Ashland, Oregon as a solo recording project became a full-fledged band in Portland, where the thriving community of artists and musicians inspired Luz to revel in collaboration. Blending her Mexican heritage with elements of American folk and rock, that six-member incarnation of the band produced two acclaimed studio albums and toured nationally with Neko Case and The Lumineers. Amidst the din, she needed a breath. “I wanted to spend time alone and get perspective,” Luz says of the break. “I grew up in that band. That was me entering this world being super innocent, but now I have greater self-awareness as a Mexican-American female. I will continue to share my heart and path with everyone.” This strong sense of identity developed alongside periodic collaborations with singers Edna Vazquez and Lila Downs, each of whom infuse contemporary performance with Latin traditions. Luz also explored fresh realms of mariachi, cumbia, and pop with Calexico’s Sergio Mendoza — no relation, just synchronicity — on an album under the name Los Hijos De La Montaña. The renewed Y La Bamba is an expression of catharsis. Luz is writing and recording material with collaborators both new and old for the fourth Y La Bamba album, called Ojos Del Sol (Spanish for “Eyes of the Sun”). And each song on the album will pair with a stencil art piece hand-cut by Luz, giving the album a rich visual dimension. “Now the band is a celebration of family and community. Not just the music community, but everyone.” Ojos Del Sol is slated to be released in late spring/ early summer 2016 by Tender Loving Empire.
HONDURAS ((( brooklyn, new york )))
Friends since childhood, Patrick Phillips (vocals/guitar) and Tyson Moore (lead guitar) found each other again in a Bushwick basement where they began writing much of what would become Honduras’ early material. Inspired by late 70’s punk, but mixing in aspects of garage and indie, Honduras played Brooklyn’s DIY venue scene tirelessly and garnered a reputation for amazing live performances, with comparisons to bands like Sex Pistols and Buzzcocks. Josh Wehle (drums) and Paul Lizarraga (bass) round out the band’s signature polished edge. Their more recent writing has included elements of krautrock and psych to their already energetic tracks for an intellectually developed and interesting sound. While picking up additional attention from serious tastemakers like Rolling Stone, NME, Noisey, Impose, and Fader along the way, the group has shared stages like Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg with notable acts like Blur, Metz, Fidlar, Twin Peaks, Drowners and the Kaiser Chiefs. The band went on their first national tour as support for Oberhofer and released their first full-length, Rituals, in September 2016. The first single from their debut LP, Paralyzed, was in rotation on Sirius Radio XMU and the band was featured in NME’s On The Radar section. The album was also streamed by NME and Interview mag upon release. On stage the formula continues, where four good friends exhibit a savvy devil-may-care tightness. Their engaging stage presence is both apropos to their influences and forever exciting to witness in a young and surging project. New EP, “Gathering Rust”, out February 2016.
MAGNA CARDA ((( austin, texas )))
“Solid hip hop groups are harder to come by in Austin than say, country or rock, but thanks to local band, Magna Carda the hip hop scene in Austin is that much better.” (KUTX) Having met in 2012 at St.Edward’s University, Megz Kelli (Rapper) and Dougie Do (Producer) teamed up to create their first mixtape titled “Creature Creative” (2012). As the duo found their first mixtape an overall success, they began to explore their live performance boundaries by forming a band. Now that the duo has found a whole band, they call themselves Magna Carda. Magna Carda is the collaboration of Megz Kelli (rapper), Dougie Do (keyboard/producer), Eric Nikolaides (guitar), Derek Van Wagner (bass), and Michael Gonzales (drums/producer). Based out of Austin, TX, the Magna Carda is an infusion of Hip-Hop/Jazz along with golden age and Neo-Soul. When they met the rest of the band (now Michael Gonzales, Derek Van Wagner, Eric Nikolaides) in January of 2013, Megz and Dougie were introduced into their musical spectrum. The whole group has been inseparable ever since. Their latest single “Angela Bassett” is available now for download/streaming.
NAYTRONIX ((( san francisco, california )))
Strangers to the touring life refer to it as “living the dream,” while generally the ones actually doing the touring see it more as living in a dream. The difference is subtle to the uninitiated, yet is intimate to Nate Brenner, AKA Naytronix, who has spent much of the past four years touring the world as bassist for the mighty tUnE-yArDs. Consider Naytronix’s second full-length, Mister Divine (2015, City Slang), his treatise on the subject, which sees him turning from the disjointedly funky party dance anthems of his debut Dirty Glow (2012, Plug Research) to a surrealist stream of consciousness poignancy. Brenner has digested a lot in the three years since introducing this world to Naytronix. tUnE-yArDs has turned into something of a perpetual motion machine, taking him to far corners of the Earth, as well as Carnegie Hall and the TV sets of Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, Jools Holland, and Austin City Limits. He did some recording and performing with music royalty Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, got to collaborate and learn from Cibo Matto’s Yuka Honda, and even found some time to take the Naytronix band around the US and across the Atlantic, from London to Istanbul. While his music keeps its characteristic reflection of ’70s Onyeabor and Bootsy Collins, there is a new facet of the sincerity and vulnerability of Arthur Russell amidst the psychedelia, as if wishing to land the Naytronix Mothership down to stay with us for a bit.
CY DUNE ((( los angeles, california )))
Cy Dune is the pen name and mythological rebel persona of Seth Olinsky, guitar virtuoso, vocalist, and songwriter of legendary underground noise punk freaks Akron/Family, and co founder of Lightning Records. Also known for his work with Swans/Angels of Light /YGR founder Michael Gira and post minimalist mastermind Rhys Chatham, as well as collaborations with everyone from Hamid Drake and William Parker to Oneida, Keiji Haino and Tatsuya Nakatani. Cy Dune began in 2012 in the Sonoran Desert outside of Tucson, AZ when alongside Lightning co-founder, conceptual artist and musician Ali Beletic, the two removed themselves from the conservative, middle of the road hipster culture of the late 00’s to begin again artistically in the sun and raw ancient Americanism of the desert. There he recorded his critically acclaimed first ep No Recognize and forthcoming Desert LP, and first married the primitivist poetic powers of the American blues mythology with the religious rock power envisioned by Patti Smith and the 70’s NYC art/punk movement. // Seth will also be composing, conducting and hosting Band Dialogue
at Treefort for the third year in a row. Band Dialogue V at Treefort V. Prepare yourself.
TAMAR APHEK ((( tel aviv, israel )))
Tamar Aphek, the mysterious goddess of sharp guitar riffs and enchanting songs is akin to artists that shatter expectations — balancing elegance and brutality, strength and fragility, ferocious rock and touching melody. These forces resound through Tamar and her jaw-dropping psychedelic Trio live performances. Tamar is direct, she is not afraid to tell you things you might not want to hear. One minute she’ll whisper in your ear and the other minute she will slam her ruthless guitar into your face like the teeth of a hammer, and before you know what hit you, you will find yourself on a? inflaming ride, with her safely holding the wheel, making sure you’re experiencing the most enlightening and smooth drive.
CHUCK RAGAN ((( northern california )))
Charles Allen “Chuck” Ragan is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is the guitarist and vocalist of the band Hot Water Music. Ragan has also released a variety of solo material, including a series of 7-inches on No Idea Records, a live album and three studio albums on Side One Dummy Records. From 1993 until 2006 Ragan was one of the lead singers for Gainesville, Florida-based punk rock band Hot Water Music. The group disbanded on good terms in 2005, and the other three members went on to form punk band The Draft, while Ragan continued a solo career playing mostly acoustic folk inspired music similar in tone to a former acoustic Hot Water Music side project called Rumbleseat signing to Side One Dummy Records. Hot Water Music reunited in 2007 for a tour across the United States and Europe, and in 2012, released a new album, Exister.
RIVER WHYLESS ((( asheville, north carolina )))
Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, River Whyless puts a hauntingly sweet spin on traditional foundations. Their eponymous EP, the bands first release since their 2012 debut album, marks a notable evolution in their collective voice. River Whyless elected to decamp to Louisville, Kentucky’s La La Land Studio where they worked with Kevin Ratterman (Andrew Bird, My Morning Jacket, Ben Sollee) on the new tracks. The result is an EP full of lush harmonies, wide sweeping arrangements driven by dark percussion and metaphors built of firewood and sap. Anderson’s voice finds a mark between Sandy Denny’s ethereal plea and Crystal Gayle’s country swoon. English trad-folk sounds are some of the band’s obvious touchstones, putting them in a category similar to contemporaries like Fleet Foxes and Stornoway. Since the January release of the EP, River Whyless has been featured on NPR’s World Cafe, Paste Magazine, The Bluegrass Situation, SiriusXM’s The Loft, and more. The band is currently working on their follow-up album, expected in late 2016.
URAL THOMAS & THE PAIN ((( portland, oregon )))
Ural Thomas is, and forever will be Portland’s pillar of soul. He started singing beneath his mothers knee in church at the age of 3. By high school he led the doo-wop group the Mono Rays, breaking hearts and taking names at Jefferson High and Irvington Park along the way. Ural’s voice and songwriting soon gained national attention and he found himself sharing the stage with the likes of James Brown, Otis Redding, Johnny Guitar Watson and “Little” Stevie Wonder. He played the Apollo 44 times. He backed the Northwest’s biggest soul and garage outfits of the1960s (The Kingsmen, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Cavaliers Unlimited) and he never for a moment stopped teaching, singing and loving soul music.. Now Ural is poised to represent Portland on equal ground with contemporaries like Lee Fields, Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley, all of whom ultimately gained their dues in their golden years. To ensure the legacy he’s backed by a 7 piece band comprised of the some of the most recognizable session and solo players in town. Band leader/drummer Scott Magee (aka DJ Cooky Parker) has arranged a setlist compiled of rare gems of gilded age of soul and and Thomas’ originals, all with a sharp focus on moving the dance floor. The foot stomping days of Jump Town, USA have returned and Ural Thomas & the Pain are here to lead the way.
TARA BROOKS ((( los angeles, california )))
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” -Victor Hugo There is a line where the dark fuses with the light, the surreal with the sublime, the graceful with the powerful; it is within this line that Tara Brooks has carved out her truly distinct sound. Whether playing at an intimate club, a packed festival or a magical sunrise deep in the Burning Man Playa, Tara’s music envelopes the crowd, stirring them with deep grooves, hypnotic rhythms and haunting melodies. Behind the decks, or through her production, Tara’s passion and love for music is contagious– Savoring every moment her smile beams out to a sea of faces who are right there with her, dancing away and smiling right back.
WIMPS ((( seattle, washington )))
Seattle’s wimps are a Seattle-based three-piece comprised of Rachel Ratner (Butts) on guitar and lead vocals, Matt Nyce (Meth Teeth) on bass and backing vocals, and Dave Ramm (The Intelligence) on drums. Wimps serve their own brand of rapid-fire punk with a smattering of lo-fi post punk guitar work to create an angular, slightly off-kilter blast. Ratner lyrically twists otherwise common day-to-day woes into relatable tales of struggle shout-sung call and response stabs that champion boredom, laziness and social anxieties with wiry riffs and punchy bass lines, propelled by the measured rhythms of drummer David Ramm. After gaining local momentum from a self released demo, the band signed with End of Time Records and issued their first LP “Repeat” in 2013. They toured nationwide supporting the album, receiving coverage on This American Life, Pitchfork, SPIN and KEXP. Following their return, they released a 7 inch on micro label Help Yourself Records and a series of self released tapes. In 2015 they partnered with Kill Rock Stars to release “Super Me” is a 5 song cassette EP available August 7th, followed by a full length LP, “Suitcase” which was released on November 13th.
DIRTY FEW ((( denver, colorado )))
Warm beers. Out-of-tune guitars. Cancelled shows. Broken mopeds. While lesser bands may have crumbled under the weight of such colossal rock & roll bummers, Dirty Few has not only weathered the storm, but emerged victorious, leading an entire army of Denver dive-bar diehards into a rad utopia where the babes are hot, the PBR flows like wine and a little barf is nothing more than a sure sign you’re having a good night. Born in Nashville and raised in the same Louisiana swamp-country that brought us Red Lobster Cajun-fried shrimp, Bobby Boucher and 8-time National Monster Truck Meltdown champion Bone Crenshaw, twin brothers Seth and Spencer Stone moved to Denver in early 2010, bringing with them only the mopeds they rode in on and the few Twisted Teas they could carry. The boys soon hooked up with veteran bassist Justin Forrest and tambourine-slinging Cambodian sexpot Kim Phat, and in a torrential thunderstorm of exploding PBRs and RealTree-clad eagles, Dirty Few was born. Since their 2012 debut release “Get Loose, Have Fun”, the garage-rock-&-roll juggernaut has played with pretty much every awesome band in the world, from Andrew W.K., Ty Segall, FIDLAR and Natural Child to Wavves, The Men, Broncho and blah, blah, blah. But in no way has the band had their fill of party. With their upcoming “Party or Don’t” LP to be released in February 2015 on Black in Bluhm Music, Dirty Few is more ready than ever to show up at your house party, beer-bong your mom, puke on your floor, and somehow leave you singing one of their ultra-catchy party anthems as you happily clean up the mess. – Brian Beer
FOSTER BODY ((( salt lake city, utah )))
Foster Body is a fierce and rhythmic art punk combo from Salt Lake City. Their second album ‘Moving Display’ will be released on March 25th just in time for Treefort.
PRAWN ((( ridgewod, new jersey )))
“Formed in Ridgeword, New Jersey, in the summer of 2007, Prawn are arguably one of the most underrated bands of the so-called “emo revival”, and certainly one of the trickiest to pin down. Capable of mixing American Football-era sentimentalism with the kind of emotional clarity and grand gestures Death Cab For Cutie or Jimmy Eat World made their name from, Prawn grab you feelings first and then dazzle you with their technical prowess afterwards. It’s not often I gush about guitar work but the way they sway between the sunny expanses of Real Estate and the furrowed brow post-rock of Explosions in the Sky, refusing to sit still on either end of the spectrum, is enough to render any book of musical definitions completely pointless.” – NOISEY
J&L DEFER ((( zurich, switzerland )))
J&L Defer is the duo project of Anita and Gabriele of Disco Doom from Switzerland. Formed as a mainly live project they play shows in all sorts of venues and love to experiment with structures and sounds of different sorts of nofi, pop and pink-noise. They have a new record out end of February on Exploding In Sound.
Join Us On an Epic Journey
As most of you know, Treefort is all about discovery, and the fine folks at Retroscope Media have once again out done themselves on capturing the epic story behind the discovery of music. #discovermore
Dig in to all of this SECOND ROUND of TREEFORT ARTISTS over on the lineup page:
Acid Mothers Temple
Bobby Meader Music
Bud Bronson & the Good Timers
Built To Spill
Dance With The Dead
Deep Sea Diver
E&J (Eleven & DJ Jason D)
Everyone Is Dirty
Frankie and the Witch Fingers
Get Wet +
Joseph Running Crane
LUZCID w/ Born I
Ned Garthe Explosion
ORQUESTRA PACIFICO TROPICAL
Pimps of Joytime
Point Juncture, WA
Sheep Bridge Jumpers
Sly Moon Sutra
The Dirty Moogs
The Easy Leaves
The Foreign Resort
The Roaring 420s
The Still Tide
The Western Mystics
Ural Thomas & The Pain
Y La Bamba
In the coming months we’ll have one more huge round of artists to announce, all the additional fort lineups and many more exciting Treefort 2016 happenings and surprises. So grab your 5-day wristbands now so you don’t miss a beat!