Payette Brewing Co. presents the Treefort Music Fest Warmup Party featuring Hibou (Barsuk Records) live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 9. We’ll be serving free Payette Brewing Co. beer for guests 21 and older with I.D. starting at 5! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Hibou is performing at Neurolux with Hey Marseilles later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!
Treefort Music Fest (March 23-27) is almost here, and we’re ready to start partying. If you don’t have a five-day Treefort pass yet, you can get one at The Record Exchange! Hibou will start promptly at 5, so get here early – we’re also holding a drawing for a Treefort pass at the event (must be present to win).
Peter Michel is a 22-year-old Seattleite who creates music under the alias Hibou (pronounced “eee-booo”). Michel toured North America and Europe as the drummer of Captured Tracks’ band Craft Spells. After a year of non-stop touring, he felt his life with the band had run its course, and that it was time to begin creating his own music. In January of 2013, he released 2 songs, and soon after received positive press recognition. In June of 2013, the Dunes EP was released, which was featured by NME, Pitchfork, Line of Best Fit, Noisey and more. Hibou released his debut self titled LP on Barsuk Records in September of 2015, and is currently on tour.
The idea of “home” plays a prominent theme in the short history of Hibou. “I actually recorded half of the new album at my parents’ home,” says the 21-year-old about Hibou’s debut full-length release. “There are moments on the record where you hear my dad cooking or hammering,” he adds. The LP features 11 songs (including four new versions of songs previously released as the Dunes EP) and is a lush, driving mix of ’80s inspired pop, fueled by twisting reverbed-out guitar melodies, elegant arrangements and a love of soda, summertime nostalgia, and trips to Peter’s inspirational point in Seattle: the fittingly-named Discovery Park. “I’ve written a ton of the melodies for the band there,” he says. “It’s my favorite place in the world.”