steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion


Self-titled CDEP


Genre: indie rock, punk rock

Mar 28, 2009

Forever plays juicy, hooky, eighties-style fem-fronted indie rock. They've got the energy, dissonant guitars and zippy tempos down pat, making for a raucously fun (if brief) romp. There's no smugness here, only bare-bones rock n' roll. The two best tracks are infectious opener "Oh Distant Heart" and bompy "Tumbleweed," although nothing really drops the ball. Forever's use of clanging guitars and crashing percussion are what makes this EP, resulting in messy rock songs that would fit right in on the soundtrack to a violent, sixties-era grindhouse flick. Quite the departure for the HHBTM label. Forever's disc is a solid EP, although the formula might have worn thin on a longer record - this one's only fifteen minutes long.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2009]