Sorelle Werner (vocals/bass), JT Sutek (guitar) and Jackson Antonic (guitar) are freshly minted band Forever We Roam that formed in 2017 and released a five-song EP entitled Tales From The Beige Couch. They are unequivocally in the embryonic stage of their development having formed so recently but the band is showing potential. It's also worth noting that the band is young in age. I sort of had that feeling when listening to the vocals, lyrics and music but after taking a peak at their Instagram they have to be in their late teens or early 20’s.
The album mixes various styles of rock all of which are pretty straightforward. Up first is “Nerve” which opens with a bluesy sort riff a la The White Stripes. The changes come fast as the band embraces distorted chords and a forward moving beat. They are a tight unit. The playing all around is good and Werner has an easy to appreciate voice.
“Insanity” is another solid track. The style has a darker feel to and is a little more pop-punk oriented. They keep the energy up with “Clockwork.” “Hurricane” is the first song to feature cleaner guitar and is more of a ballad. Werner sounds great here. They unexpectedly close with “World Gone Silent” which actually felt post-punk inspired until the distortion comes in.
It’s been almost twenty years since I was student in college studying composition. I would say it was during that time in school that I was able to at least partially let go of the bands that influenced me like The Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana. The one piece of advice I want to give the band is to try and establish a signature sound as they evolve. Don't get me wrong I think the songs were well written and well delivered. That being said they have a very broad sound which points to general genres. This sometimes takes time and is difficult but isn’t impossible.
Overall, this is a solid first offering from the band. I thought the songs were easy to appreciate from beginning to end. I’m looking forward to their evolution.
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