Mar 19, 2019

12 Bands Playing Treefort Music Fest 2019 From Overseas That You Need to Check Out

T.R. Hawkins | Local Events, Boise | View Counts (710) | Return|

In a wonderful article about Treefort Music Fest that came out last year, Uproxx said “It’s actually a rare occurrence that a festival features more women than men at the top of their poster, but there wasn’t just diversity in genders and race, there was also a fascinating diversity of sound. Rap, funk, punk, rock, and other artists who are less easy to classify were all featured prominently. In all, it is a lower-key representation of what is possible when festivals show some imagination, legwork, and a commitment to being the change that needs to occur.”

It’s comforting to know that our local “Little-Festival-That-Could” is finally starting to get the recognition it deserves. It’s also comforting to know that the top dogs who are in charge of Treefort Music Fest are still continuing to spearhead what Uproxx called “the change that needs to occur.” On top of having an incredibly diverse roster this year when it comes to race and gender and sound, they knew that that wasn’t enough. The world is full of amazing musicians who warrant your time with their music, and Treefort knows this — which is why they’ve flown over a large selection of artists from a multitude of different countries.

1. Komorebi | New Delhi, India

Wedesday @ 8:20 PM | Neurolux

Komorebi, an Electronic Alternate Act from New Delhi, India

“‘Komorebi’ (Japanese for sunlight that filters through tree leaves) is a unique Electronic-Alternative Act from New Delhi, India and the musical baby of Tarana Marwah, Indian composer, singer producer and instrumentalist. Inspired by scores from anime and chip tune music she heard as a kid, the music is whimsical, orchestral and celestial.

Komorebi released her first self titled EP in 2015, followed by her critically acclaimed debut Album ‘Soliloquy’ in 2017 after which the act gained mercurial success. She has been continually changing the live music space with her hauntingly beautiful vocals and music production of the highest caliber, with a truly energetic live set.”

2. ORUÃ | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Friday @ 8:20PM | The Shredder
Sunday @ 9:30PM | The Olympic

ORUÃ, an Indie Rock band from South America

“ORUÃ is a child of downtown, was born at night and attends the balls at dawn. The latest music project by Lê Almeida, one of the most important Indie rock artists from South America to be discovered, this time accompanied by João Luiz and Phill Fernandes.

With nuances of krautrock and free jazz, the lyrics, always in Portuguese, bring encoded messages and guided symbols, turning music into a potential weapon. Live, ORUÃ is a stage for fraternity, occasionally counting on a second drummer, percussion and some extra vocals.”

3. Divide and Dissolve | Melbourne, AUS

Friday @ 7:00PM | Linen Building

Divide and Dissolve from Melbourne, AUS

“Divide and Dissolve have quickly become one of the most talked about live acts and are renowned for their bone crushing wall of amps that take over the room, creating a powerful and unforgettable experience unlike any other. Performing sold-out shows at home & abroad. Launching their latest album Abomination in the midst of showcasing their incomparable sound at SXSW, 2018, Divide and Dissolve have incontrovertibly arrived.”

4. Be Forest | Pesaro, Italy

Saturday @ 5:30PM | El Korah Shrine

Be Forest from Pesaro, Italy

“Be Forest is a shoegaze trio from Pesaro, Italy. Nicola Lampredi (guitar), Costanza Delle Rose (vocals and bass), and Erica Terenzi (drums and electronics) started the band in 2010, and in September of the same year they released a self/titled digital EP. Be Forest’s first EP was recorded at Waves Studio (Pesaro, Italy) by Paolo Rossi and contained only two tracks, but it received great reviews and made the band known in Italy. The record label WWNBB signed the band at the end of 2010.”

5. Shiba San | Paris, France

Thursday @ 12:30AM | Fatty’s

Shiba San from Paris, France

“There’s much more to Shiba San than what meets the first listen. Leaving behind a 15-year long career of production experience in the French hip-hop scene, the Parisian producer became fascinated with the sounds of Chicago house and was inspired to create his own productions, infusing his hip-hop influence with the soul of house music.

Rolling Stone deemed [his song] ‘Okay’ a “global club sensation in waiting.”

6. CHAI | Nagoya, Japan

Friday @ 9:30PM | El Korah Shrine
Saturday @ 4:20PM | Main Stage

CHAI from Nagoya, Japan

“The Nagoya-based band’s second album, PUNK, is terrifically over the top. The current landscape of indie rock produces songs with heavy notes of loss and longing. But Chai is a band who screams yes to joy, and PUNK is a record written in earnest about being yourself, loving your friends, and not caring about what anyone else thinks about the way you live your life.”

7. Farao | Berlin, DE

Friday @ 6:40PM | El Korah Shrine

Farao from Berlin, DE

“Pure-O, the new LP by Berlin-via-Norway musician Farao, is a prog-pop exposition on the curious dichotomy between beauty and destructiveness in sex and relationships. Where so much modern pop attempts to tug similar thematic threads only to succumb to naiveté and euphemism, Farao grabs these subjects and dives headlong into a neon pool of synthesizer, zither, drums, and soaring vocals without sacrificing maturity, complexity, or artistry. Musically, she references 90’s R&B, and the untapped goldmine of Soviet disco. But the most important pillar of Pure-O – its living, breathing, biological quality– is entirely Farao’s own.”

8. Bloods | Sydney, AUS


Bloods from Sydney, AUS

“Since their inception, Bloods have maintained their place as one of the Australia’s most endearing bands. Whether it’s through their highly infectious, undeniably fun punk-pop-meets-riot-grrrl tunes or their live shows, Bloods have consistently been celebrated by critics and fans alike.”

9. Doe | London, UK

Wednesday @ 11:30PM | Linen Building

Doe from London, UK

“The London-based outfit have played sold out shows on both sides of the Atlantic, wowed SXSW audiences and toured with the likes of LVL UP, Jeff Rosenstock and Honeyblood. They recently celebrated their fifth year together with a sold out headline show at London’s Paper Dress Vintage.”

10. Plastic Man | Florence, Italy

Sunday @ 9:00PM | B-AMP

Plastic Man from Florence, Italy

“Influenced by beat, psychedelic, nuggets compilations and late 60’s music in general, the band from Florence [...] mixes retrò and modern styles producing songs with a neo-psychedelic flavour. Their music involves also other elements like acid rock, surf, progressive,garage punk and stoner. The effects on voice and guitar, such as tremolo, fuzz, delay and reverb, reveal their aim: reproducing a fresh, natural, genuine and up-to-date psych sound.”

11. Tim Baresko | Paris, France

Wednesday @ 11:00PM | Fatty’s

Tim Baresko from Paris, France

“Children of the 90’s, Tim was cradled between house music & hip hop. He started Deejaying early on, chaining his first vinyls and getting the people to dance. It was not too long until he decided to start producing his own music. Tim’s particular and unique sound already found home in prestigious labels such as Cajual, Toolroom, Bedrock & Defected. Consistently in the studio daily searching for new sounds to make people dance, Tim Baresko already played in Belgium, UK, Italy, Turkey, Germany, Ukraine, Spain, Russia, U.S.A, Brasil and obviously in France, where he resides. He is slowly taking this scene by storm with his individual and unique sound.”

12. FAVX | Madrid, Spain

Saturday @ 10:00PM | B-AMP
Sunday @ 11:30PM | Grainey’s Basement
Friday @ 9:00PM | PreFunk

FAVX from Madrid, Spain

“A three-piece-band that sounds like something in between noise, punk, indie, post-hardcore and pop. They’ve been compared with bands such as Fugazi, Husker Du or Nirvana. Named one of the best emerging bands and live act of the year by spanish national radio, their performances are powerful, noisy and energetic.”

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