Originally titled ‘Patrick Forever’, the project started off as a solo project conducted by Geordie singer-song writer, Patrick Gosling. Having written a few songs, the decision was made to form a band behind him. With this, the title was decided a little too narcissistic, and so with the inclusion of Dan Bates (guitar), Ben White, (bass) and Nick Martin (drums), the project became Forevers. And now only a few months in, the Manchester formed and based 4 pieces present their debut EP, “Teenage Romance”.
The opening track, “Rabbit”, drags you straight into the depths and beauty of Wonderland, a dreamy pop song which sets the tone and presents exactly what Forevers are about. Parts of the song do float a little too close to the cliché Sundara Karma-esque sound, but these influences are short lived, and soon straightened out via the inclusion of scattered harsher sounding chords. “Wasting My Time” adds a sludgy texture to the EP, and throws a mild shoegaze sound to the mix. The track is the key to unlocking the circle of sweaty teens losing their shit at gigs. The beauty behind this track is it either brings to mind that one embarrassing individual, or ultimately makes you realise how much of a fuck up you are. Either way, it sounds dead lovely so at least you’ll smile whatever the outcome.
Although “Teenage Romance” feels as if it is going to be a titanic anchor on the EP, this frustrated adolescence ballad demonstrates frontman Patrick Gosling’s song writing at its finest. Once you’ve ignored The Courteeners reference, this song captures the emotion of the bridging age between teenage hood and adolescence in a relatable format. This sweet and simple symphony brings Newcastle’s answer to Mac Demarco racing to the surface. “Mum Jeans” is as crunchy as fresh lettuce, with a refreshing sprinkle of balsamic vinegar. Each component of the mix bounces off one another, somehow creating an uneasy warmth within the sound. Remove the vocal track, and this track can easily be mistaken for an early Sonic the Hedgehog soundtrack. Although only the debut EP, “Stare Into The Sun” already demonstrates an extremely talented band (but still struggle on keeping narcissism excluded by referring to themselves in the lyrics). The track combines the high-pitched melodies of Foals with a huge stadium rock sound, and wouldn’t sound out of place on Kasabian’s second album, Empire.
What makes Forevers stand out as a band is the immense diversity of influence. The list of comparisons could go on a lot longer than is acceptable. The sound is a bulb in the centre of a lampshade of influences, making them stand out amongst other Manchester-based bands. It won’t be long before we’re hearing more from Forevers. Surely they won’t make us wait forever?
Images courtesy of Forevers’ Facebook page.