In Conversation: Forests Talk Making Vulture’s Top 100 Emo Songs List and Putting Together Their Kick Ass New Album

The members of Forests have a lot more in common with the bands they shared Vulture’s Top 100 Emo Songs of All Time list with than I thought they would going into our interview. Each member of the band got into emo music thanks to comp CD’s from AltPress and the Vans Warped Tour before quitting the school band and deciding they needed to start one of their own. Lead singer Darell Lin started jamming with his friend Adam in 2014, and after realizing their local scene could use a good emo band, they recruited drummer Niki Koh off an internet forum and minted their new band Forests. Sound like a familiar story? The one big differentiator here is that their local scene just happened to be the Republic of Singapore, a sovereign island city-state who in 2014 when Forests started had about five and a half million citizens and zero three-piece emo bands.

Like many of the American bands they shared Vulture’s list with, Forests had humble beginnings, playing shows to a dozen or so friends around when they dropped their first EP in 2015. Then with the release of their first record, Sun Eat Moon Grave Party, and thanks in great part to buzz generated from a tour in Japan, Forests shot up like a rocket, getting not just international acclaim but generating a truly cult like following back home. The group combined math rock and emo in a way that didn’t sacrifice on either its furiosity or on its catchiness. While the group could get twinkly here and violent there, it always came back to a chorus that felt not just designed but expertly manufactured to be shouted back at them by unruly crowds. Their buzz only grew stronger with their second album, Spending Eternity in a Japanese Convenience Store, whose title is a nod to Darell doing, well, exactly that. When the group was on that fateful early Japanese tour, Darell could not make a decision on lunch during a pitstop on the way to Nara from Toyko leaving the rest of the group searching for him through the store, and thus an inside joke was born and an album was named. However, creative differences sprung within Forests around this time. There was fighting within the group over the direction of the band in 2017 before Spending Eternity dropped, at which point Forests nearly disbanded. The group powered forward for one more album, but at the onset of the pandemic Adam left Forests to pursue studies in Australia, and the band spent some time on hiatus, not totally sure what the future held. Eventually, when the opportunity to gig came back, Darell and Niki recruited Daniel Lim from local Singaporean math rock band Hauste, knowing he’d be able to cover all Adam’s noodly riffs. Then they asked him if he could do one more gig, and then one more gig, and then oooooone more gig. Then there was another gig, which led to a jam session, which led to writing a few new tracks together. Those tracks ultimately became Forests’ excellent new album Get in Losers, We’re Going to Eternal Damnation.

Between the band drama and having American touring opportunities with Florida DIY stalwarts worst party ever cancelled last minute due to the pandemic, Forests have been to hell and back in the lead up to this third album. Rather than indulging in the dour side of emo music however, with Get In Losers Forests remain dedicated to having as much fun as humanly possible; Even if COVID and capitalism are inevitably leading us to our doom, we’re gonna have one hell of a time till the clock runs out. “Fool of Hell” sets the tone of the record with a massive mathy riff, both keeping Forests’ streak of amazing album openers steady and letting fans of their first two records know that even in their new iteration this is still the same Forests you know and love.  While Get in Losers stays true to the band’s math rock and emo roots, this is no doubt their most accessible record to date, and no song better extenuates that than “Snowball”. Daniel had been trying to find a home for the riff on “Snowball” for several years now, and when you hear Darell belt out the unforgettable chorus, “Did you drink enough to miss me? Or did you miss me enough to drink?” You understand why Dan held onto it for so long. It is maybe the most radio friendly track in the band’s discography, with a bounce that makes it feel like an emo cover of a pop song from the 60s. Get in Losers’ crown jewel however is “Jazz Ruined My Life” a raucous rollercoaster of a track that, at this point in time, is my favorite song in the band’s discography. Forests’ backbone has always been Niki’s technical and unrelenting work on the drums, and he holds this ship steady as “Jazz Ruined My Life” shifts gears up and down and right back up again. The fact that “Jazz Ruined My Life” is as catchy, fun, and accessible as it is despite the track’s compete and utter chaos is a testament to the steady rhythm Niki provides. I’ve been humming, “I wish you the best, by best I mean worst,” from the chorus to “Jazz Ruined My Life” for the better part of a month now, but the part of the track that really left me awestruck was the breakdown in the back half. After a ripping guitar solo from Daniel at the 3:00 minute mark, the song opens up for a vocal sample from a TikTok that not only fits the tone of the song perfectly but is used so artfully that I didn’t realize it was even a sample till my buddy Will pointed it out. Its these little moments that prove to me that right now Forests is operating at the peak of their powers, with a total command of every aspect of their sound. They love sneaking in little inside jokes to the tracks without a care in the world if you know what they’re referencing, which also makes this an extremely rewarding album on repeated listens as you catch more and more every time. They have the unique ability to combine the comedy and pain of love and loss into a chaotic slurry that will have you dancing your ass off as you laugh and cry in equal measure.

The reason that Get in Losers succeeds is because the members of Forests aren’t doing this for anyone other than themselves. When asked if they had expectations for the album, Darell said the only thing that matters to the three of them is if they all like the record and can live with it out in the world. They aren’t worried about their legacy or if “Jazz Ruined My Life” will sneak its way into another Top Emo Songs of All Time list, or if you even got the 500 Days of Summer joke on “Saint Loser”, they just want to have as much fun making music as humanly possible before the planet explodes. It’s remarkable that after such a massive line up shift the group seemed as calm and stable as any emo band I have ever interviewed. They seem to have truly caught their groove. I could imagine Forests popping out a record this catchy and polished every eighteen months if they really wanted to, but the band said they’d be chilling and learning how to play this record live for the time being. So, if you need me, I’ll be praying that they for starters can get an American tour together and that they ultimately want to continue making records like they have been, because Forests have something truly special on their hands.

I had the chance to talk with Darell, Niki, and Daniel about their musical histories, getting inspiration during exercise, and the process of putting together this kickass record. The interview has been slightly condensed for clarity.

GSC: I’d love to start off introducing yourselves and talking about your early music memories.

Darell: I am Darell, I play bass in Forests. The band was started in 2014. Back then in Singapore there was not any other three-piece emo bands going on. So if there is no one else doing it then fuck it.We listen to Asian math rock and then a lot of American emo stuff so we tried to combine both elements.

GSC: And even earlier when you were first growing up age four or five six, what are each of your earliest music memories? Who was playing music around the house? And what kind of music was that?

Niki: I think my Dad was blasting Deep Purple in the car. Deep Purple and Guns n’ Roses and all the the rock stuff.

Dan: Mine was more like Chinese bands.

GSC: Which ones?

Dan: I have no idea, just Chinese bands. I think the first English speaking music that I heard was Electrico. It was Singaporean band, they kind of shaped that whole Singaporean indie sound. Yeah, it was then after that I found Linkin Park, Eminem. Basic stuff.

Darell: When I was young I listened to lots of boybands. The standards, Backstreet Boy and NSYNC. The family member playing music was my uncle. My late uncle used to play Guns N Roses for me on acoustic guitar. “Enter Sandman”, he used to play that riff and it was quite scary as a kid, but I loved it.

Niki: The household person that influenced me musically was my helper. Growing up I had this helper who always introduced me to music. She introduced me Taufik Batisah this Singapore idol contestant, and and then Avril Levine, and all that stuff.

GSC: What are your earliest emo memories? I guess Niki you mentioned Avril Levine, that feels emo adjacent.

Dan: I think the first emo band that I heard was My Chemical Romance. I was like eight or nine then, I think it was the song “I’m Not Okay”. They swore on that song and I got kind of intimidated by that. *Laughs* but the tone was pretty cool.

Darell: For me it was about early 2000 Like Funeral for a Friend, you know that era. Like long hair and jeans and black shirt emo. I liked Thursday.

Niki: For myself, it was Taking Back Sunday. When Vans actually put out the Vans Warped Tour Compilation CD every year for bands that played, that was the intro for me.

Darell: Those comp CDs! I got to know all the bands from Alternative Press too and their comp CD.

GSC: When did you know you wanted to make music regardless of genre?

Niki: That’s a good question. I started playing concert band back in secondary school. I started playing drums from there and once school was out I continued to play. There were no concert bands outside of school for me to play in. I mean, there were, but I was not good enough for like, the Symphonic Orchestra, and all that stuff. So the next best thing was to just practice on a drum set and see what happened. Then I just joined bands, and it took off from there.

Darell: For me, it was when I when I was starting to learn guitar. I learned all the punk rock bands, all the songs by like Blink 182, these easy songs. Then once I got comfortable playing those easy chords I was like why do I keep playing other people’s songs? I want to try making my own. That was the revelation for me. Just getting bored playing other people’s songs.

GSC: How old were you when you wrote your first song?

Darell: Maybe 14-15? Just one of those stupid acoustic tracks with shitty recording. I had to start from somewhere.

Dan: When I was 10 I sort of like, imagined myself making music when I grew up.  I forced my mom to let me learn guitar when I was like, 11. I think my mom like was kind of strict on me so I started to resent playing guitar. And then fast forward to when I was 14, I saw some people playing guitar in school. And I was like, “Man, I can do better.” I started playing again.

GSC:  And you were right!

Darell: Yea that “So what? I can do that” attitude is what made me want to start too.

Dan: Similar to Darell too, I didn’t really enjoy doing covers. Something about coming over your own riffs, you know.

GSC: Darell and Niki, if I read correctly Forests came together on the internet forum Soft, was that an important place of music discovery for you and the greater Singapore music community?

Niki: Back then it was huge. It was like the forum where you buy and sell gear.

Darell: And find members and you want to look for a band like wherever you just do it.

Dan: It’s like the Craigslist Singapore music.

Darell: I think now there are still people using it.

Niki: It’s not the same. I was scrolling a few days ago.

Dan: You guys were lucky, sometimes you meet like weird people on it.

Darell: Yeah, I think we’re quite lucky to get Niki.

Niki: From Soft I jammed with like three Iron Maiden cover bands before I found you guys.

GSC: Your first album, Sun Eat Moon Grave Party. I have two questions on this album. First “Tamango” was on Vulture’s Top 100 Emo Songs of All Time list at number 100. What was it like seeing that? Would you say Tamango is one of your top 100 Emo songs of all time?

Niki: I think it’s just crazy to be like listed with all the other bands that we listen to growing up, to have our song be among them. It felt like a real honor.

Darell: It’s quite surreal, because I remember I wrote some parts of “Tamango” when I was just in my bedroom, like, just to finalize the parts. And yes, it’s quite crazy to know that “Tamango” fits with all those bands that we grew up listening to, it was an honor. I think we are the only Asian band too right?

Niki: We’re the only Asian band, yea.

Darell: From our small country too, so it’s really sick.

Niki: It’s crazy. I was expecting to see some Japanese bands or something but there wasn’t any.

Darell: And I actually like being number 100 on the list because people will see us first when they’re scrolling. If we’re in the middle at like 50-40 range we’re drowning in the middle of the list, nobody actually checks us out then. But maybe that is just an excuse to make me feel better.

GSC: No, I agree wholeheartedly. What do you guys reflect on about this era of the band? What are your early Forest memories from when you were just getting started? Dan, I know you hadn’t joined yet.

Niki: Before Sun Eat Moon, we were playing shows before the first official release. We were playing shows to like five people like weekly. We started very small.

Darell: I mean it was at least ten people usually.

Niki: It was only after our first Japanese tour where we came back to people singing our songs. It was it was a different experience after that. So it’s sort of felt like you got to tour and come back to be validated in your own country.

GSC: Dan, were you fan of the band at this point? What was what was your perception of Forests then?

Dan: I fucking hated Forests!! No just joking. I think I first heard about Darell from a friend like even before Forests. He was like dude, check this guy out he’s funny, he showed me your instagram. So I sort of knew you knew about you when I was like 18-19. When Forest came together with the first EP my friend was like dude check out this new math rock band called Forests and I was like, oh shit they sound pretty good. Then when the album came out, I remember the shows were smaller scale. I think it was not six, it was about 11 people. Then I remember I tried to go for one of the shows, it wasn’t even an album launch it was just a random gig at the Music Parlor, and I could barely even get in! I was like what the fuck. I think I’ve never like seen a Singaporean crowd react so passionately towards a band before, I was really surprised. The way the fans treat Forests is kind of cultish as well, which so rare, seeing a Singaporean band being exalted in this manner. And that was just after Sun Eat Moon too.

GSC:  Your last album Spending Eternity in a Japanese Convenience Store was when I first found your band. I love that record. Can you believe it’s already been three years since that record came out? And what do you think about when you think about that time in your lives?

Darell: What a deep question. It was easier times. I don’t know. Before COVID… we had a lot of shows back then. It was so easy to travel and do shows and go overseas where COVID has really complicated things.

GSC: Do you listen back to that album, much? Are there any songs that really stick with you?

Darell: I mean, I don’t listen to it often but once in a while I just want to hear how it feels. After a few years, you listen back and there’s a different sound. You feel like you’re hearing something different or something new. More than anything I like the energy from the last record.

Niki: Would you have done anything differently?

Darell: I don’t think so.

GSC: Any other thoughts on that album and time in your life? Dan I know you weren’t in the band yet.

Darell: Dan was like in another band actually. A math rock band called Hauste.

GSC: Is that band still active?

Dan: Not really, we’re too busy. I think when Spending Eternity just came out I was overseas on exchange, so I was gone for like six months. But then when COVID happened, Spending Eternity’s songs were my COVID quarantine tracks. I’d go for runs and play “How’s Leaving Coming Along“.

Thanks to Ordinary Rice (@ordinary_rice) for the photography throughout the piece

GSC:  You accomplished a lot with your first two records. Then there was a brief hiatus when Adam left the band. I thought there might have been a chance you were done as a group, especially with an emo band. Was there ever a time where you thought about stopping Forests? Or was it always we need to figure out what the next step is?

Darell: In 2017, before Spending Eternity came out, Niki and Adam had a full on fight, but not like in a concerning way. I think in a band it’s pretty normal for things to get heated up.

Niki: Especially when you are both passionate about the same project.

Darell: During that period we almost stopped the band. But Niki and Adam patched it up and the band continued. Then Adam went to Australia to study. We asked Daniel to cover him at first just for our show in Singapore. When Adam left the band it felt natural to bring Daniel in seeing as he could play all the songs.

GSC: Dan, you had said it felt quite surreal to be joining Forests. What was it like when you knew it was official?

Niki: I think we never officially asked him to join the band if we’re being honest. It was more like “play the next show.. play the next show… play the next show…” Next thing he’s there forever.

Dan: I’ve been promoted from session musician *laughs* They didn’t want to pay me for covering their songs so they added me to the band full time. No no, but we did some shows and we just started jamming and then start writing and it felt very easy and natural. My other band was like a three-piece band too, so I knew the dynamic. Except this band has vocals.Hauste is all instrumental. Forests is the first time I actually have to do vocals too, they forced me which I am now grateful for.

Darell: Yeah, he never sang or screamed before Forests.

GSC: Well, you sing on a bunch of songs right?

Dan: Yea, honestly Niki and Darell took a huge risk with that, you didn’t even know if I could sing.

Niki: Darell can’t sing either so that wasn’t going to be an issue. *Laughs*

Darell: And you had good screaming energy when we were jamming.

GSC: Did you feel like you had high expectations for a new record? What was the writing and recording process like?

Dan: I think this links to like the previous question. At first, I didn’t know that I was going to join Forests. My friends were telling me that you’re going to be a next guitarist for them and I was like, “I don’t know, I don’t think so.” Then when I did join all my friends were like “Whatever you do don’t ruin Forests for me.” So, with that at the back of my head, and also knowing that Adam’s shoes were pretty big ones to fill, it was a lot. My natural instinct was just like, fuck it, I’m not going to try to fill the shoes. I’m just going to do what I can do. There’s no point for me to compare myself.  Adam is a great guitarist and a great musician, and therefore, there’s no point trying to fill those shoes. I need to bring my own approach and energy, I didn’t want to be a pale imitation.

Darell: With this album I still wanted to keep the fun. We wanted to keep the balance of happy songs with sad lyrics. With Daniel replacing Adam, we didn’t want a copy. We love Adam’s sound and we love Daniel having his own spin that could still fit the Forests sound. The process felt very natural and effortless, when things were clicking they just like clicked. There wasn’t much of “Hey, can you change the riff? Can you cater to that, as well?” Just very little of that, just easy songwriting. Even though I say easy, while we take when we take very long just to write a song.

GSC: Is it a collaborative process, or do you each bring like an element? Or does somebody come with the whole song and you figure out how to play it? Or is every song different?

Darell: The thing about Forests songwriting is we need each other’s presence to kick off an idea. We cannot write a full song by ourselves. So, we always write everything while jamming. In a jamming room, there’s a lot of trial and error process. Like we go home and create ideas that we bring to the jam session and figure it out together. We don’t know what parts will fit with what or what the song will be when we bring the pieces but that is the fun part, figuring it out together.

GSC: Did you feel like you had high expectations for this record?

Niki: For me, I wasn’t thinking about it.

Darell: For me I have to feel comfortable with stuff, really. I don’t care about the expectation as long as it feels right when we’re releasing the final product. As long as we like it, I am happy. I don’t really have any expectations for the record.

GSC: This record feels particularly well-polished. It feels like maybe the most accessible album you guys have written to date. How did you balance the math rock and the screamo side with like the hooks and the pop elements?

Darell: Daniel and I, we like the same chorus ideas, which is nice.

Dan: Shout out the major seven chord.

Darell: Yeah, we do consciously take elements from pop songs, particularly Korean pop.

Dan: I think on “Snowball“, I took it from this song called “Paris in the Rain” by Lauv.

Darell: That is Lauv, L-A-U-V. That chord progression is like a cheat code for pop songs. So we took a pop song with these cords and tried to hide it in these fancy mathy things.

Dan: Oh, no, now you know.

Darell: Yeah, at the heart is a nice chorus. Once you have the chorus it is easier for everything to fall into place. One funny thing about Forests though, you know how math rock bands went always have off kilter time signatures? We’re a simple math rock band, it sounds like math rock but with very easy timing.

GSC: You’re not you’re not calculus with math rock, you’re more arithmetic.

Darell: I want it to be catchy, fun and easy. It’s not for the it’s not really for the technical musician.

Niki: Initially for Sun Eat Moon we tried to do that. But after playing enough shows drunk we sort of realize that it’s not going to work out. *Laughs*

GSC: On “Jazz Ruined My Life” you guys sample that Tiktok on of the guy on the moped. I love the humor in your music, is there any reason behind it other than for fun?

Niki: That’s just Darell is a person.

Darell: I mean, Forests has never been a serious band. I like when I listen to music if a song has some references here and there. Naturally, I tried to incorporate that into Forests. It’s just fun, trying to be quirky. I mean, if it gets through to you, then I am glad. Because it may be cringe, but I don’t give a fuck!

GSC: That Tiktok sample, you use it in such an artful way where it just genuinely sounds like part of the song, it took my buddy Will pointing it out to me for me to even realize it was from something. Did you see that Tiktok and know I need to have this in the song? How did that come about?

Darell: That background breakdown was supposed to be empty originally. Usually what I do when I’m trying to find a melody and lyrics is I will go on a run and I will listen to the instruments then I will try to hum a melody. I do some great brainstorming when I’m running, so that when the breakdown came, I don’t know why but I was like oh shit! I thought of the moped guy crying and was like I’m gonna go home and try to fit it in. So I manually did it and then they agreed like just okay this needs to be in the breakdown.

GSC: Are you guys big fans of the movie Mean Girls, by the way? Or how did the album title come together?

Dan: I just watched it recently!

GSC: That “Get in loser we’re going shopping” that’s from Mean Girls.

Darell: I just saw the line somewhere, But it was “Get in losers. We are going… somewhere else” and thought it was funny but I mean, I had to flip it. “Get in losers were going to… something cynical.” The COVID thing plays a part. Like we’re like quite fucked but still we were gonna have fun while the world is ending.

GSC: You hadn’t seen Mean Girls before the album name?

Darell  No. Yeah, I know the movie but I didn’t watch it.

GSC: Dan did you like it or?

Dan Yeah, love Mean Girls.

Darell: Legendary movie right?

Dan: Yeah, we should watch it.

GSC: I absolutely love this album art. You guys always have phenomenal album art, what was the idea here?

Niki The person who did the art is my wife! I’d ask her to talk about it herself but I think she’s doing something right now. Yea, we told her to do her thing, we didn’t give her really any pointers and she did an amazing job.

Darell: We only said to her there’s a lot of monsters. There are some references here and there, but there was no like back and forth it was just she showed it and we were like okay, this is awesome. Super smooth and easy.  His wife is a sick artist, can check it on her Instagram.

GSC: I love keeping it in the family too. Who are some bands that inspire Forests?

Niki: Recently this band called Pup, I love Pup.

GSC: My friend Olivia is just got engaged to their guitarist!

Niki: No way! I love Pup, I was listening to a lot of Pup before this album and love their energy, such fury. I have mostly got into them recently around this new album.

Darell: Shout out Olivia, shout out Pup. For me, it was one of the bands that really made me want to play a three piece band is Tiny Moving Parts. To make it clear they motivated me to start a three-piece band but I didn’t want to sound like them.  I took the concept of the three-piece and then we tried to combine Asian math and American emo, and I think that’s how Forests was born. The other when I listen to back then was Elephant Gym. And Toe of course, the standards.

GSC: Who are some local bands either in in Singapore or in East Asia greater that people need to check out? Who are you guys excited about that that you guys get to see play more often that you know somebody in New York might not know about?

Dan: Long Live The Empire is awesome. I think when I first started out it was Sphaeras, they were the local band that inspired me to want to start a band. Then there was Subsonic Eye, they’re coming to New York actually. We can type these names out too if that helps.

GSC: Typing them out in the Zoom chat would be very helpful.

*The three of them type into the chat in quick succession* Carpet Golf, Bear Culture, Allegiance, sub:shaman, Quite Quiet, and Wormrot

GSC: Allegiance! Darell, aren’t you in that band? Is that band still going on?

Darell: Yeah, unfortunately. *Laughs*

GSC: Then Quite Quiet you are in too Darell, I know you just put that vinyl out too. Do you have a different approach for making music for Quite Quiet than you do for Forests?

Darell: Quite Quiet is just me in my room alone. The song writing process is the same. I’ll just write whatever and see what comes next. I cannot picture a full song, I cannot picture the instruments, I cannot picture the melodies. I have to do it like when it when it comes spontaneously and see what pops out.

GSC: Do you guys have a favorite song on the record? Or one that means the most?

Dan: Snowball” for me was the most cathartic one because I had that riff for so long. I tried it out with different bands but it never worked until I came to Forests. They managed to like salvage it and make it into something, Darell and Niki did. I think that song is more sentimental to me but I think “Jazz Ruined My Life” it is also my favorite.

Niki: The first track “Fool of Hell” is definitely the most fun to play.

GSC: Well that’s a great way to open the album too, just what a ripper.

Darell: That was Niki’s idea, to put that song first.

GSC:  You guys always have amazing album openers now that I think of it.

Darell: We always pay some attention to sequencing, which should go first and which should go last. So thank you for appreciating.

GSC: Do you have any plans on touring this record?

Darell: We want to play America!

GSC: I want you to play America!

Darell: Spotify statistics say most of our listeners are from America, Niki showed me all that.

Niki: We’re trying to reach out to promoters there, but I think we’re not doing a very good job at this point.

Darell: We’ll have to connect with the right promoter. Also were busy with our own lives, these things take extra effort.

Niki: We were supposed to go to America before COVID.

Darell: In 2020 we were gonna play with worst party ever.

GSC: My god I love worst party ever. Do you guys feel like this is your best record? Or is that not even how you think about it? Is it just these are different records for different times in your life? Dan, I have a feeling this is your favorite Forests record.

Dan: I do feel that musically this is my best output ever. I feel proud of the end result because I was definitely challenged by this record and the music we put together.

Darell: I remember feeling mentally challenged when we were writing this record. There’s one day we tried to write songs morning all the way thru the night.

Dan: Funny story, that song that we were writing the whole day was “At The End of The Day It’s Night“.

GSC: That’s so perfect.

Darell: For me it really is different music for different times of my life. I like all three records. I find it hard for me to say which are the best.

Niki: I tend to agree with Darell there.

Dan: You guys sound like parents right now, “You three are all the same to me I promise” *Laughs* I am like the step-parent scheming for my kid.

GSC: What are some of your interests outside of music that might surprise people? What are you passionate about that people might not know?

Darell: I’m quite boring. Music is my personality.

Niki: Darelll is really good with numbers, dates in particular. Date and time.

Darell: I am very good about knowing years and dates that things in the band happened but I don’t know that I could call that a hobby.

Dan: Darell, when did a Funeral For a Friend breakup?

Darell: 2015 I think? So it does come in handy for that stuff. Niki makes toys though.

Niki: I collect and paint Japanese vinyl toys.

GSC: What’s that one from?

Niki: Mutant vinyl hardcore.

Darell: He’s got the coolest hobby.

Dan: Hobbies… Sometimes I exercise I guess. I like cycling.

Darell: Wow, that might shock people man, you think they’re ready for cycling?

Niki: Drinking has been a good hobby for us as well.

GSC: You guys play video games at all? I’m a big Super Smash Bros guy.

Dan: Oh, I love Dota but I haven’t had time to play.

Niki: I’m on Elden ring now. It’s crazy.

GSC: There are a couple of Twitch streamers. I like who play it, just watching them play is stressful enough.

Dan: Have you played the new Kirby for the Switch?

GSC: No, it looks good though.

Dan: The new ones pretty good. It’s the two players mode is pretty fun.

GSC: Do you have a Switch?

Dan: No, but I bought my girlfriend a Switch for her birthday so I just play with her.

Darell: I only play FIFA on the Switch, this is my girlfriend’s Switch.

GSC: When is the album coming to streaming services?

Niki: Oh my god everyone’s been asking.

Darell: I think about mid May.

GSC: No rush. Have you guys started working on new music already or you’re just chilling on this album?

Darell: We are definitely chilling!

Niki: We’re gonna take our time.

Darell: I think we need to tighten all these songs still, we haven’t jammed in so long.

Dan: Yea we still need to learn to play them live, don’t let the album fool you.

Darell: There’s a goal right there, to play our own songs live.

Follow Forests on twitter and Instagram, buy the album on bandcamp, buy a vinyl on Dog Knight’s website, and be on the lookout for the album on streaming soon! Thank you to Rice (@ordinary_rice) for the photography throughout the piece.

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