Treefort 2023 Profile: Vancouver’s Meltt

The timing couldn’t be better Treefort Music Fest and psychedelic rock squadron Meltt: The Vancouver just freshened up with a new EP, earlier month, bequeathing it with the name Another Quiet Sunday.

Meltt recently shared their excitement with us about rolling out some of their spacey new material in a city they hold dear: Boise. In fact, anticipate that the Treefort shows on Friday and Saturday will be “joyous” occasions.

Our conversation sent a little something like this.

[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: Meltt
From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Genre: psych/indie-rock
Treefort info: Playing Friday at El Korah Shrine at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday at Cyclops at 9:10 p.m.

Why did you decide to play Treefort Fest this year?

MELTT: We love the festival and Boise, so for us, it was a no-brainer! Any chance we can get to play the festival, we are in! We’ll also be touring throughout March in support of our new EP, so we wanted to play the new tunes on the road. Treefort is a great opportunity for that!

What excites you the most about participating in it?

MELTT: Playing new music to new fans is always really exciting and to have our name on the same poster as some of our favorite bands like Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Whitney and Drugdealer is a dream. 

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

MELTT: This is our second time playing Treefort and our third time playing in Boise. We are super-excited to return as we love being able to see so much amazing music in such a condensed area, and we genuinely love Boise as a town. We also have to return to Piehole for the Za.

Any memories to share of your previous times in Boise?

MELTT: We’ve been to Boise two times now and we love it. Last time we were there was the last stop on our August tour and we went for a float down the river. It was the perfect bookend to our tour and the summer. 

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

MELTT: No, it was pretty straightforward for us, and the Treefort team made it really easy for us with providing supporting documents. 

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

MELTT: We’re expecting to see tons of great music, some of which we know and some of which we’re going to discover for the first time. We’re also looking forward to making friends, eating great food, drinking great beer and enjoying the nature and greenspaces in the city.

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

MELTT: We are super-excited for the festival, dare I say “joyous” to be returning. It’s gonna be the last stop on our March tour and a great place to soak it in before we head home. 

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

MELTT: There’s tons of artists we’re going to discover for the first time but some of the artists we already know we love like: UMO, Whitney, Kae Tempest, Built to Spill, Dumbo Gets Mad, Drugdealer and Bodywash. We’re friends with the Bodywash guys! And I’m sure a few other bands that we’ll run into at the fest!

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

MELTT: We really like playing to crowds that are music lovers but may not necessarily know us yet. It’s really cool to have strangers vibe with the set and start following your music! As music fans ourselves we’ve had really cool experiences discovering bands for the first time at festivals.

What can Treefort attendees expect from your performance?

MELTT: We’ll be playing a bunch of new songs live for the first time and we’ve revamped a bunch of the older songs to be crazier and more expansive live!

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

• Montréal’s Teke::Teke
• United Kingdom’s Demob Happy
• Spain’s Black Maracas
• 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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