Treefort: Wooden Indian Burial Ground levels the Record Exchange

If you’ve ever attended an in-store performance, you know what to expect: An intimate, acoustic set that delivers a shorter but more personal experience than a regular concert.

Or not.

Portland psychedelic-rock band Wooden Indian Burial Ground certainly was intimate for 45 minutes or so Saturday afternoon at the Record Exchange. But acoustic? Um, no.

As dazed fans stood between rows of CDs and vinyl, the group cranked up what had to be one of the loudest shows ever at the store.

This was aggressive, sometimes angry-sounding rock filled with reverb, yelps, barks, and science-fiction sound effects generated by a homemade analog synth box. It was alternately spacey and chaotic.

When a band member uttered a bit of off-color banter between songs, he quickly realized children were in the room and summed up Wooden Indian Burial Ground’s vibe with a sheepish explanation: “We’re not used to playing sober, or with lights. Or above ground, really.”

Next up at the Record Exchange: Camper Van Beethoven at 4:30 p.m. today. It will be softer.

Michael Deeds is the Idaho Statesman’s entertainment columnist and Scene magazine editor. His column runs Fridays and Sundays. He appears on the 6 p.m. broadcast of "Today's 6 News" on Thursdays and hosts a music show, "The Other Studio," from 9-10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

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