It’s here, folks: the final round of Treefort 7 artists! The 2018 lineup is now complete thanks to this fine cast of bands and musicians.
There’s now over 400 bands playing Treefort Music Fest 2018 — make sure to do your homework and explore the lineup! We’ve helped you out by doing research on some of the artists featured on this final round below. But first, crack the code of this year’s Treefort Video:
((( moscow, russia )))
((( new york, new york )))
Cults made their name in black and white. A pair of film school dropouts who burst onto the New York scene with a perfect single and a darkly retro sound, the band’s first two albums play like noirish documentaries on a lost girl group. Four years after Static, Cults returns with Offering, an exciting collection of songs bursting with heart, confidence, shimmering melody and buzzing life. The time off has given the band new energy and new ideas–Cults are working in Technicolor now. The core duo remains the same. Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, both 28, still live in New York. They still finish each other’s thoughts and still share a love of catchy music and black humor (this is a band that sampled cult leader Jim Jones on their first hit). But the pair have put some blood on the tracks since their breakout debut: they’ve toured the world, built a devoted audience, survived a breakup, grown up in green rooms, parted ways with their old label and made a home of their new one. After the whirlwind of Static died down, Follin and Oblivion made a conscious decision to shift gears.
((( ann arbor, michigan )))
Matthew Dear is a shapeshifter, oscillating seamlessly between DJ, dance-music producer, and experimental pop auteur. He is a founding artist on both Ghostly International and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. He writes, produces, and mixes all of his work. He straddles multiple musical worlds and belongs to none, now nearly 20 years into his kaleidoscopic career, with five albums and two dozen EPs plus millions of miles in the rearview of his biography.
Dear kicked off 2017 as a selector, DJing regularly and contributing a deeply considered and personal mix to !K7 Records’ long established DJ-Kicks series. This was bookended by a number of releases through his techno guise, Audion. Dear hadn’t shared material under his own name since his 2012 LP, the multi-colored Beams, which was preceded by the critically acclaimed avant-pop albums Black City, Asa Breed, and Leave Luck To Heaven. This return to his artistic id, apart from his other projects’ egos, makes “Modafinil Blues” momentous, a prodigal shift inward to a dark and playful psyche.
((( boise, idaho )))
Ages ago, the immortal Dark One was freed from his prison. Since that time, the forces of good have been searching for the Light, the Chosen One to force him back into his cell. The key to this prison is the MagicSword. Wielded by the proper soul, it will put the universe back in proper balance.
The Keeper of the Magic Sword is an old soul who searches endlessly for the Chosen One. With the help of other immortals, The Seer and The Weaver, they are ever trying to stem the tide of the Great Shadow from engulfing all life. When the need is great, they appear with the Magic Sword and a high stakes proposition for those who are pure of heart, perpetually hoping that their search is finally over. The hope is that one day soon one of those who wield the Magic Sword will in fact be the Chosen One, and the enormous power they wield from the Sword will be immeasurably amplified and drive the Shadowbringer back into his cage. Until that fateful day, The Dreadlords of the Nameless One continue to call forth the power of evil and destroy all that is pure and decent in the world with the malevolent forces of Darkness.
((( cincinnati, ohio )))
Chronic collaborator, podcast host, and wordsmith Yoni Wolf, known for fronting the scrappy, genre-blending project WHY?, will be joining us at Treefort 7 for a solo set. WHY? signed with the revered Anticon label for its debut, a partnership that developed out of Wolf’s college friendship with Anticon artist Doseone. While WHY? does incorporate rap and spoken lyrics into its music, it became one of the more indie rock-styled acts on the usually hip-hop-leaning label. An enigmatic Split EP with Odd Nosdam was WHY?’s first release for the label in 2002, followed a year later by the full-length Oaklandazulasylum. Both the Sanddollars EP and the Elephant Eyelash LP were issued in 2005. The following year saw the Rubber Traits EP, and in 2008 the Alopecia album hit shelves and became their first to hit the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. Featuring Mark Erickson along with Fog’s Andrew Broder, Eskimo Snow arrived in 2009 and also landed on the independent albums chart. The title for their next effort, 2012’s Mumps, etc., was inspired by contracting the disease while in Europe, along with other “on tour” calamities. For its sixth studio album, WHY? moved to Joyful Noise, which had released the 2016 debut of Wolf’s duo with rapper Serengeti, Yoni & Geti. Co-produced by Yoni Wolf and his brother, Josiah, Moh Lhean was released in 2017. It was the first fully home-recorded WHY? LP since the project’s debut.
((( orillia, ontario, canada )))
If anyone has earned the right to sing those words, it’s Elizabeth Powell. Since forming Land of Talk in 2006, the one certainty in her life has been uncertainty, as her band has gone from being one of Montreal’s most brash, buzzy indie rock acts to one of its most elusive and enigmatic. After recording Land of Talk’s debut EP, Applause Cheer Boo Hiss, Elizabeth lost her drummer (the first in what would become a semi-regular pattern of line-up changes). After releasing Land of Talk’s first full-length record Some Are Lakes in 2008, she lost her voice. And after the 2010 follow-up Cloak and Cipher, she lost her will.
Elizabeth knew she needed a break from the album/tour/album/tour cycle after Cloak and Cipher’s release—she just didn’t plan on it becoming a full-blown hiatus. “I was just tired and felt a little disenchanted,” she says. “I think that’s very common—to feel industry-weary. I just couldn’t do it. The only thing that was keeping me there was the music, and I think the music had become a footnote of the whole story. I wanted to get back to the music.”
((( los angeles, california )))
L.A.-based garage punk outfit Together PANGEA formed in 2008 around the home recordings of singer/guitarist William Keegan. After Keegan enlisted friends Danny Bengston (bass) and Erik Jimenez (drums) to flesh out his material, the trio soon began gigging around the CalArts campus area and involving themselves with the Southern California D.I.Y. scene. Their noisy, boozy shows earned them a loyal following and they began releasing a variety of indie cassettes, singles, and EPs, eventually issuing their full-length debut, Jelly Jam, in 2010. The group worked with a variety of small labels and in 2012 released its second LP, Living Dummy, on esteemed California indie Burger Records. Between their touring and the second album’s strong reception, Together PANGEA entered the international radar, and attracted the attention of London’s legendary Harvest Records, which signed the band in 2013. Their third album (and first for Harvest), Badillac, was released in early 2014. In October 2015, Together PANGEA returned to Burger Records to release the six-song EP The Phage. Produced by former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson, the EP also introduced new guitarist Roland Cosio. The group’s next full-length album, 2017’s Bulls and Roosters, was co-produced by Badillac’s Andrew Schubert and marked their debut on the Warner-distributed Nettwerk label. ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi
((( portland, oregon )))
The process represents something of a full circle moment for Shook Twins. The group emerged in 2008 with their independent debut You Can Have The Rest followed by Window and 2014’s What We Do—which garnered acclaim from USA Today and more. Organically stirring up a buzz, they engendered fandom in fellow creators such as Langhorne Slim, The Lumineers, Mason Jennings, and iconic best-selling author Neil Gaiman who claimed, “They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods.” Along the way, the full band, including Niko Slice [electric guitar, mandolin, vocals], Barra Brown [drums, vocals, drum pad], and Josh Simon [bass, vocals, electric guitar, synth], has shared bills with everyone from Ryan Adams to The Indigo Girls. Moreover, they graced the stages of High Sierra, Bumbershoot, Hulaween, Floydfest, Summer Camp Music Festival, Oregon County Fair, Fayetteville Roots Festival, Northwest String Summit and many more in addition to performing at Red Rocks alongside Gregory Alan Isakov and Ani DiFranco. Their artful amalgam of folk heart, indie spirit, and alternative energy has effectively captivated fans internationally.
((( providence, rhode island )))
After a decade of sharing stages and crafting collaborations in the studio, real-life rap BFFs SAGE FRANCIS and B. DOLAN have finally caved to years of fan pressure to form an official group: EPIC BEARD MEN. The super-duo embraced the absurd name as a reminder to themselves that, while they tackle a lot of difficult subject matter in their solo work, this group’s mission boils down to one thing: “This is supposed to be fun, for fuck’s sake.”
STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS released their “WAR ON CHRISTMAS” single for free last December as a teaser of what the team has in store for the new year, and made it crystal clear that these two are not just here to discuss personal grooming; The EPIC BEARD MEN are gunning for a spot among your favorite partnerships in music. The stockpile of songs they’ve been meticulously obsessing over for last 2+ years feature Francis and Dolan tackling a vast array of concepts and trading off some of the most sardonic, punchy, and fun lyrics you’re likely to hear in 2018.
((( denver, colorado via vancouver, b.c. )))
((( seattle, washington )))
SassyBlack is a space aged vocalist & producer based in Seattle, WA. You may know her voice from her previous group THEESatisfaction or her work on the Shabazz Palaces albums. This Goddess of “electronic psychedelic soul” & “hologram funk” explores sound through deep compositions. With roots in classical & jazz, her voice is comparable to Ella Fitzgerald & Sarah Vaughan while her production value is reminiscent of Roy Ayers, Pharrell & Herbie Hancock. Black has traveled the world having performed in Berlin, Barcelona, New Orleans, Milan, London, Brooklyn & more.
Sassy has gained praise from The Fader, NYLON, Pitchfork, Noisey, Saint Heron, SPIN & many others. She successfully released her sophomore album New Black Swing June 23rd and is currently touring North America & Europe in Autumn 2017.
“While the springy bass lines, booming drums, jazzy undertones and empowering themes of early ’90s new jack swing may not exactly be en vogue (pardon the pun), SassyBlack makes them sound of the moment and fresh to death on her sophomore album.
Slyly dubbed New Black Swing, it’s a succinct nine-track set that finds the rising Seattle alt-R&B star paying beautiful homage to bygone greats with her spirited dedication to the genre’s sonic conventions. But she also, more impressively, updates the tropes in unabashed fashion.” – Exclaim
((( vancouver, british columbia, canada )))
They want you to sweat.
That’s been the idea since the first time drummer Tayo Branston, guitarist Gabe Boothroyd and the original Five Alarm bassist Neil Towers met at a Vancouver house party in 2003. Since that night, the temperature in their leafy green hometown began to rise. Other musicians started showing up to jam. The parties led to gigs locally, which led a few years later to grinding bus tours across Canada and into the States. The crowds grew. The grooves burned. A horn section jumped onboard to punch the beat harder. Percussion cranked it up even more. EPs and albums followed, as studios and gear melted down from the sheer intensity these guys unleashed.
No wonder they called their last album Sweat.
((( tijuana, mexico )))
Comprised of 21-year-olds Estrella Sanchez (vocals & guitar) and Amor Amezcua (drums & synths), Mint Field’s sound is organic, spacious, and inhabited by specters that lurk behind rhythms, where Estrella’s angelic voice evokes a supernatural world of beauty and melancholy.
Their new record, Pasar De Las Luces, first for LA-based Innovative Leisure Records, is “a compilation of our lives from two years ago to now” says the band. Since recording an initial EP in 2015 in their hometown of Tijuana, Mint Field have played Coachella, SXSW and have extensively toured the US and Mexico. In the summer of 2017 the band traveled to Detroit to record with producer Christopher Koltay. “We had a much clearer idea of what we wanted and we had the tools to make it. When we recorded [our debut EP] Primeras Salidas, it was a homemade album and we didn’t know what we were doing.” This time, they managed to channel their inspirations and influences to transmit sentiments of profound sorrow, nostalgia and immaculate beauty…revisiting sounds from the past to make them contemporary.
((( sydney, australia )))
Likened to The Cure, Talking Heads and The Go-Betweens, Big White’s music is diverse in both influence and style, touching on British New Wave sounds with Australian jangle pop. Big White signed to Burger Records in 2015 after being scouted at a pub in Bondi, Sydney, which led to their US debut at SXSW that year, a US tour and performance at Burgerama with Ty Segall and Ariel Pink.
In 2016 they released their debut album ‘Teenage Dreams’ and spent 9 weeks touring it throughout North America, the UK / EU completely self-funded. It was during this time that they somehow found time to bunker down in various recordings studios in Los Angeles, New York and Berlin to start working on this forthcoming album (that is, alongside spending 4 weeks without accommodation, playing 11 nights back to back in NYC, almost burning down a venue and getting kicked out of a band room in Berlin when Green Day came for a surprise set). Needless to say, the result is an eclectic and energetic record filled with sharp lyricism replete with introspection and worldly insight.
((( chicago, illinois )))
Immortal Bird is an American blackened death metal band from Chicago, Illinois. Their music is also influenced by grindcore, progressive metal, and post-metal. Lyrically, they cover themes of mental illness, grief, abuse, and delve into philosophical and psychological concepts. The band was formed in 2013 with the intention of being a recording project, but has evolved into an actively touring and collaborative group. As of November 2017, the band has toured North America and Europe with a genre-bending mix of upcoming and established groups.
Immortal Bird was formed in early 2013 by drummer/vocalist and Berklee College of Music graduate Rae Amitay (formerly of JUNO-winning metal band Woods of Ypres and Polaris Prize nominated Mares of Thrace) as a writing project between herself and another guitarist/arranger. Following the addition of bassist John Picillo, the band recorded their debut EP, “Akrasia” at Lo-Tech Laboratories where it was then mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge). The EP was released on December 3, 2013 and debuted on the Decibel Magazine website to critical acclaim, calling it “dark and twisting, Akrasia refuses to be pigeonholed. Often proggy, sometimes doomy, and other times quite beautiful, it offers surprises around every sudden corner.”
((( anacortes, washington )))
Of the salty, sea port Anacortes in the very NW corner of Washington State, singer and instrumentalist Karl Blau connects a folk-y, nature-inspiration to a reverence for classic soul and other, hand-picked elements like dub, grunge, and tropicalia. These influences can be heard on his sophomore, world-wide release (not including the dozens of solo releases on a laundry list of NW labels) from Bella Union label, London entitled “Out Her Space” as well as Afro-beat and jazz. Seattle’s fab, NW, avant-garde yacht rock outfit Heatwarmer (they are playing their own set as well!) will be accompanying Blau to perform “Out Her Space” and beyond this year at Treefort as his backing band as the two entities struck a chord touring the NE together in January 2018.
((( bremerton, washingington )))
Every year there are several artists that jump out of our open submission process and get the Treefort artist committee particularly excited about a musical discovery to share with the Treefort community. Guayaba is a particular standout from this year’s submissions and we’ve been addicted to her album Black Trash/White House since it came across our desk. They will be making the trek from Bremerton, WA to play on a couple of different all ages stages during Treefort 2018, and we couldn’t be more excited. “Guayaba’s debut EP, Black Trash/White House, sparkled with life—a vivid, genre-bending fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms, dancehall, and hiphop. Her previous musical incarnation, Aeon Fux, kicked ass live, so there’s little doubt Guayaba will be anything but a dynamic, dance-inducing good time.” – The Stranger // “Every person contains multitudes, but few embrace them as much as Northwest rapper and vocalist Guayaba. As an artist, she’s fronted metal acts, made experimental pop ballads, raps, etc. But this idea extends beyond how she executes her vision. Digging through her lyrics in her latest album, Black Trash/White House, she embraces her race, gender, sexuality, and every facet of herself that makes her who she is with an unshakable, bilingual flow.” – KEXP
((( 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. // Seth will also be composing and directing Band Dialogue VII at Treefort VII this year. Look for it to return to the location outside of JUMP that it was at last year. // “Oh me, oh my — rock & roll isn’t dead! IT’S ALIVE. Thanks in part to Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family)’s Cy Dune: You got the goods in spades, dear pal. Prescribed witness to self-destruction status, right here. Encouragement of the senses and fuzzy tongue licks. Glow bright, CY-CLONE. Rip through time and place. Repeat and reuse. Go on and get rolled. Salmon getting mauled, falling down concrete beach steps, waking up in puke and bad phone calls. Let the spirits take you.” – Tiny Mix Tapes
((( oakland, california )))
La Misa Negra is a 7-piece band from Oakland, California, known for their unique blend of heavyweight cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Latin music. On stage, they deliver an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy, powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage-inspired sound. Since their live debut in the fall of 2011, La Misa Negra has toured the country, sharing stages and festival bills with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Thievery Corporation, SZA, Mon Laferte, Julieta Venegas, Ana Tijoux, Bomba Estereo, George Clinton, Antibalas, Budos Band, and Ozomatli. On the strength of their wild and one-of-a-kind shows, they have gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years, garnering a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural, and generational divides. Get a sneak peek of this incredible band tomorrow night at the Treefort 2018 Launch Party at Basque Center!
((( boise, idaho )))
Infernal Coil is an extreme metal band based in Boise, Idaho. While the band’s sonic and lyrical expression is most easily classified as metal, it’s not confined to any limitations. The band’s 2014 demo, “Burning Prayer of Infinite Hatred,” gave listeners a glimpse into the fury and dissonance it delves into. The new LP, “Within A World Forgotten,” continues on that path, but also explores more complex, enchanting boundaries. The musical dichotomy speaks to Infernal Coil’s conceptual themes of the natural world’s paradoxes, contrasting the beauty and chaos of nature, as well as humankind’s seemingly inevitable self-destruction. Infernal Coil’s presentation transcends fantasy, instead reflecting a fascination with mammoth concepts based in reality — a genuine expression of horror and awe. Careful listeners will recognize Infernal Coil’s similarity to founding member Folús’ previous project, Dead in the Dirt, but don’t mistake it for a continuation. Infernal Coil stands on its own two feet in its artistic expression, breaking barriers we only set for ourselves.
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