The Lonely Forest on Irony

In Indie, Pop, Rock on December 17, 2010 at 11:44 am

It seems a little early and out of nowhere to be getting a marketing blast for a March 22 release by a band I’ve never heard of before. I open the e-mail because, at first glance, I think that The Lonely Island is announcing their next record. Wrong.

This e-mail is about the Lonely Forest, the first band signed to Death Cab’s guitarist Chris Walla’s new label Trans Records. He might even be a better producer and mixer than guitarist, having had his hand in the production credits on records for DCfC, Nada Surf, Mates of State, Ra Ra Riot, So Many Dynamos, Telekinesis!, The Long Winters, Teagan and Sara, The Thermals, the Decemberists, and his own record Field Manual, which came out on Barsuk in 2008. My interest is piqued…

There’s a video in the e-mail, for a song ironically titled “Turn off This Song and Go Outside”. It’s ironic, I suppose, because instead of following orders, I turn up the song, play it over and over, and remain cemented in place in front of the computer.  I am defiant and excited. It sounds like Walla’s hand is heavy in this track (a good thing). Rife with toe-stomping anthemic down-strummed guitars and a hook so sharp you don’t even realize you’re caught, it’s a tune brimming with feel-good optimism. With that, implore you to turn off, turn off this blog, find someone to love, turn off this blog, you can always read it later…

I Don’t Want to Live There
[from s/t EP|buy on iTunes or AmazonMP3]
Tomato Soup
[from We Sing the Body Electric!|buy]


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