Now we have separated those reading this into the two types of people there are in the Bay Area: people who are now throwing on their favorite song and reminiscing about that one time they blew their minds live, and the ones who are living in the musical dark ages, huddled around the dying flame of Now Thats What I Call Music 7.
Don’t fret, Ye are now enlightened.
Putting their sound down into words is an exercise in futility, but I’ll give it a shot. Going to a Forrest Day show for the first time is reminiscent of leaving a dimly lit room into an insanely bright outside. The flash of light is at first overwhelming and chaotic-but warm. Your brain picks up on conventional jazz and rock undertones while trying to place funk and soul bass lines under an assault from a full horn section. Dogs are barking, trucks whizz by, meanwhile a barrel-chested emcee trades between spitting enlightening 16’s and belting out choruses in a voice somewhere between Weiland and Waits. Hectic noise transitions into familiar sounds, the light calms down, and you realize this is the most beautiful day you’ve seen in awhile.
Weird descriptions and awesome music aside, these guys DESERVE your respect. They have been touring and pounding the pavement for years, self funding albums and grinding without showing any signs of slowing down, and with the praise their most recent release has been getting, it just might be enough to put them on the national stage this time.
They will be playing at the Catalyst Atrium on Saturday March 7th, 2015 with talented local artists Hella Deer and Androyd&Emilous. $7 presale, $10 at the door. Come out and show these guys some love, You’ll have a great time, I guarantee it. In the meantime check out their rad video for “Sleepwalk”
Seriously though, if you go to this show and dont enjoy yourself, write me a 500 word piece describing why you did not enjoy it and i will refund your ticket, that is how hard they bring it.