Forestears - Against The Floor
Under-the-radar band feature…
In a stuffy, over-crowded basement in Bristol, I attended what I now count as one of my favourite gigs in years. Glowing with more fairy lights than Christmas, Songs From A Room was showcasing its first ever South-West England show.
An unusually large band with all kinds of instrumental jiggery-pokery headlined the evening; Forestears, a six-piece from Brighton, managed to just about squeeze themselves into the living room’s make-shift stage space, with little room to swing a kitten.
I really couldn’t have expected what came from them. The frontman, Elliot Ellison, produces songs with an impressively solid, mature sound beyond his years. A third of Forestears is brass, which coats the sound with a sleek, classic quality that stunned everyone in that Bristol basement. Also, I’m a sucker for band-mates who unexpectedly join in for a choral drone. They simply can’t do wrong in my eyes… ears.
This was a stripped-down set for Forestears in an unfamiliarly intimate atmosphere, but they thrived under the pressure and delivered an exceptional performance that had people woop-ing and smiling throughout. You can hear what they thought of their first Sofar experience in our interview with them, here!
I couldn’t wait to catch their next gig at Mr Wolf’s in Bristol where they would be playing a full set, amps and FX pedals at the ready! This time the vibe was completely different but the lively Bristol crowd was just as supportive as the cross-legged one at Sofar. The room was totally electric with people dancing to the drums and bouncing to the pumps of the trumpet.
Against The Floor is from their more subdued EP that has been playing round and round and round in my car stereo since November and I’m still not tired of it.
You can find more of their tracks, including the full Against The Floor EP, on their Soundcloud.
Don’t forget to watch our interview with Elliot, Dale and Chris from Forestears, right after this post!