FORTH WANDERERS - FORTH WANDERERS VINYL (LTD. 'LOSER' ED. ORANGE)
LIMITED 'LOSER' EDITION ORANGE VINYL
Release Date: 27th April 2018
The second album and first for Sub Pop from the New Jersey indie-rock band driven by the Postal Service-esque writing style of guitarist Ben Guterl and vocalist Ava Trilling, which formed the foundation of the band. Their method of sending demo tracks back and 'forth' is still how the band operate, with the other members joining later to fully realise Guterl and Trilling's ideas. Forth Wanderers have got more bite and punch about them than your average indie pop-rock bands of today, with the their guitars more angular, cutting and distorted, and Trilling's 'thrilling' lyrics and melodically smoked vocals truly making them a cut above the rest!
FFO: Frankie Cosmos, Cende, Jay Som, Mitski
"Forth Wanderers employ a tin-can-telephone style of composition which they use even when living in the same area code. Since first collaborating in 2013 as Montclair, New Jersey high schoolers, guitarist and songwriter Ben Guterl and vocalist Ava Trilling have passed songs back and forth like pen pals. Guterl will devise an instrumental skeleton before sending it to vocalist Ava Trilling who pens the lyrics based off the melody. The duo then gather alongside guitarist Duke Greene, bassist Noah Schifrin, and drummer Zach Lorelli to expand upon the demo. It’s a patient and practiced writing system that has carried the quintet through two EPs (2013’s Mahogany and 2016’s Slop) and one LP (2014’s Tough Love). Forth Wanderers, the group’s sophomore record and Sub Pop debut, is the groups’ most comprehensive and assured statement yet. On Forth Wanderers these introspections include meditations on relationships, discovery, and finding oneself adrift. Despite the inherent heaviness of those themes, Forth Wanderers feels joyous, a rock record bursting with heart. 'Take Not for Me', a romping track about “the ambivalence of love". Opener 'Nevermine', is a surge of confidence inspired by an ex-lover who is still captivated by her image. On 'Ages Ago Trilling' paints the image of a constantly-shifting enigmatic lover. “I wasn’t sure who they were, they changed constantly (hence the metaphor describing the “grey coat” and cutting their hair just to “stay afloat”),” she says. “I wasn’t going to wait any longer to find out.” Recorded over five days by friend and audio engineer Cameron Konner at his Philadelphia home studio, Forth Wanderers amplifies the heartfelt sentiments of their earlier works into massive anthems. Guterl and Greene’s guitars have never sounded sharper, Schifrin and Lorelli’s terse rhythm section is restless, and Trilling sounds more self-assured than ever. These are exuberant, profound songs driven by tightly bound melodies and a loving attention to detail."