French Cassettes Leader Bummed About Bum Knee Ahead Of Treefort Set

C’mon, Treefort-ers: Take a look at those fresh, beaming smiles of the three musicians in the image tied to this story—and try to make the case that they’re a handful of humbugs. You’ll fail and collapse—and San Francisco power-pop trio French Cassettes will stand a little taller at the end of their set, knowing the crowd has gobbled up what the band served.

That’s a reassuring sign for Boise’s Treefort Music Fest, which kicked off its five-day stretch yesterday—and can always use a juicy jolt of excitement once attendees get comfortable (or tired). French Cassettes have steam shooting out of their ears not only because of the promising event that is Treefort—but because the band has a new LP on the way too.

Benzene (Tender Loving Empire) is on the horizon, due to drop June 7. With only one concert booked thus far in support of the record—the Treefort gig—French Cassettes will surely deliver a very special show in Boise tonight.

New Noise caught up yesterday with French Cassettes singer/guitarist Scott Huerta, to pick his brain about Treefort, his trio’s new record and more.

This will mark your third consecutive appearance at Treefort, yeah? Why keep coming back? How did the booking come about for your participation in this year’s edition? Did Treefort approach you or vice versa?

We’ve made some friends at Treefort, but everyone that works and runs it is just great, so I wouldn’t say we’re hooked up in any way. They just give a damn about all the artists, and it really shows. We’re lucky to be invited back. But I do love the image of us shadily handing someone an envelope of cash in a back alley just so we can play.

You’ve visited Boise on numerous occasions. What do you most like about the city or Idaho in general?

I love Boise because in some way it reminds me of the small town (of) Ripon, CA, that I grew up in. Everybody says “hi” and “bye.” I like that. 

What can attendees expect from your performance at Treefort this year compared with your past sets at the fest? Anything particularly special in store?

We learned some new songs for this one. Also, I’m on crutches at the moment, so it’s gonna be a lot of me sitting down.

How would you describe French Cassettes’ music to those who are unfamiliar with it?

We always say indie pop/rock when describing the band. I used to just want to be E.L.O., I gave up on that because it was driving me nuts, but I hope sometimes it still comes through.

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

We’ll be at Pokey LaFarge.

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

I like how people roll the dice a little more at festivals when it comes to who they watch. I love the diehard fans but I also love when someone says, “Good show. I’ve never heard of you. My friends made me come, but it sounded great.”

What can Treefort attendees expect from your performance?

We’re playing new songs, I’m sitting due to a bum knee, and hopefully we sound even better this year. With any luck, we might.

Catch French Cassettes perform at Treefort Music Hall at 9:10 p.m. tonight.

Photo courtesy of French Cassettes.

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