Classics and Death is a miracle were pieced together by the four-piece from songs written in full-band rehearsals, with riffs, melodies and bass licks that had been recorded individually, and an array of beats that were made on drum machines and synths, including field recordings, scratch vocals, and the sound of keys getting dropped on a table. Their music drips with grim undertones and leans into the darker parts of the human psyche – due to the time each of them spent during the recording process in the realms of personal trauma, sleep deprivation, shaky mental health and their own individual obsessions. They chose to record their debut as two whole albums to provide a journey through the full-spectrum of music they create. To quote FOREVR, “we just want to do cool shit that we like, that we haven’t heard before.”
Classics is a culmination of whole-band written material which sits closest to their shoegaze roots, however can hardly be called shoegaze anymore. There are layers of electronic production and unique glitchiness present – the band have evolved towards the clarity rather than haze. Death is a miracle started with arpeggiator sketches and piano chords, and grew with influences from 90s techno, early 2000s pop and R&B to produce full scale dance music that is at once soundtrack to your blurry nights and Sunday recovery. Both albums’ themes include artificial intelligence, sibling relationships, death of idols, the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement and natural disaster.
FOREVR are Donovan Miller (guitar/programming), Sam George-Allen (vocals/synth), Thomas Roche (drums/programming) and Kate Mackenzie (bass).
Words: Super Duper