Treefort 2023 Profile: Spain’s Black Maracas

The only band from Spain that is pegged to play this year’s Treefort Music Fest is Black Maracas, a fuzz-drenched trio that segues from garage to psychedelic to straight-up rock music over the course of one set. Black Maracas are also one of the many bands that will perform in the U.S. for the first time thanks to Boise’s five-day music throw down, which starts Wednesday.

Founded less than five years ago, Black Maracas already have an impressive amount of experience playing music festivals. They’ve graced the stage at massive events in their homeland of Spain, as well as other parts of Europe.

But as we all know, Treefort isn’t exactly your typical music festival, given the sheer volume of participating artists staging shows in sometimes-nontraditional venues across much of the city.

The Bad Penny recently caught up with Black Maracas and their vocalist/guitarist, Adrián Martín a.k.a Dilly Child. He explained how the band got picked to play this year’s installment of Treefort and also revealed Black Maracas’ friendship with another international band on the festival’s bill.

[Go here for a primer on this series of Treefort Music Fest previews. Check back for new profiles of international artists playing the festival every day leading up to the fest’s kickoff Wednesday.]

Artist: Black Maracas
From: Madrid, Spain
Genre: garage rock
Treefort info: Playing Friday, March 24, at Lost Grove Brewing at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, March 25, at the Funky Taco at 11:10 p.m.

Why did you decide to play Treefort Fest this year?

ADRIÁN MARTÍN: We thought it was a good opportunity to showcase our last album, Disturbing Sound, taking into account that this is our first time in EEUU [the United States] as a band.

What excites you the most about participating in it?

MARTÍN: Having the opportunity to share the music with a whole new audience.

Is this your first time playing Treefort? If so, how did your booking come about? If not, why did you choose to return?

MARTÍN: It’s our first time, yes. We met Eric Gilbert when we were playing at Corriente festival in Perú last year. Eric came to our show and we talked about playing Treefort 2023.

Did you face any challenges or headaches in securing a visa to come here?

MARTÍN: Not really, it was a smooth process.

What expectations do you have for your experience here and at Treefort?

MARTÍN: We want to play, talk and meet as many people as possible!

How would you describe your state of mind going into Treefort?

MARTÍN: Crackhead state of mind, haha.

What other artists on the Treefort lineup are you excited to see? Are you friends with any of them?

MARTÍN: We met Sistemas Inestables in Perú last year, and apart from their incredible live show, they are great people. So excited to meet them again.

What do you enjoy most about performing at music festivals in general?

MARTÍN: Being able not only to play in front of big audiences, but also the opportunity to meet incredible people and have fun with them.

What can Treefort attendees expect from your performance?

MARTÍN: Hard, live, sweaty, energetic rock ’n’ roll.

For more coverage of international artists playing Treefort, check out our recent conversations with:

• British Columbia’s Bridal Party
• Tokyo’s DYGL
• London’s Big Joanie
• Germany’s Sea Moya
• Swaziland’s Dusty & Stones
• New Brunswick’s Motherhood
• Toronto’s Debby Friday
• Mexico City’s Son Rompe Pera
• Ireland’s Modernlove
• Montréal’s Thanya Iyer
• Mexico City’s Petite Amie
• Vancouver’s Mauvey
• Italy’s Dumbo Gets Mad
• Brazil’s BIKE
• Chile’s Sistemas Inestables
• British Columbia’s Mother Sun
• Norway’s Orions Belte
• Treefort Co-Founder and Festival Director Eric Gilbert

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