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Capitol Christian Music Group / 2007 / Compact disc
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The full length debut from Future of Forestry features wall of sound production, soaring britrock choruses, and thickly layered sonics- resulting in twelve tracks of stark beauty and powerful emotion. Includes "All I Want," "Gazing," "Sacred Place," and more.
Future of Forestry is a four-piece band from San Diego comprised of Eric Owyoung (lead vocals/guitars/keyboards) and Nick Maybury (guitars/keyboards/vocals)both formerly of Something Like Silasalong with Luke Floeter (bass) and Spencer Kim (drums). Their music is a joyous combination of ethereal sonic landscapes and tight melodic rock. They derive their name from a C.S. Lewis poem and are committed to music that directly connects the listener to The Divine while touching the human soul.
Paul: I like the band name a lot. How did it come about?
Eric: We had a band naming sessionwhich is quintessential band funand each of us had to come up with 10 names. That week, we collected ideas from random things like kids books and road signs. Luke happened to be skimming through a C.S Lewis collection of poems, and one was titled The Future of Forestry. For him, it was a bit of a joke, but it started growing on us. I actually didnt start liking it until I took the time to look into the poem. Its this strange scenario about industrialization taking over England and all of the trees being cut down. The younger generations dont know what trees are, but some adults have memories of them. Children ask their parents questions like, What was autumn? It makes you think about what life would be without trees. Or for that matter, what life would be like without beauty or simplicity.
Paul: How would you describe your bands sound?
Eric: Our sound started with Nick and me back when we were in Something Like Silas. We were influenced by the whole indie L.A scene with bands like The Prayer Chain and The Autumns that are full of creativity and vibe but take a while to digest. As our sound started to develop, I started to see the emotional impact of great songwriters like Simon and Garfunkel and The Beatles. I also started tapping more into my classical training from college by focusing on melody, not just with the vocals, but with all the parts. In the end, by the time we formed Future of Forestry, this mix of experimental indie vibe came together with a very melodic and rhythmic drive to the songs. Sometimes its a big rock feel, and sometimes it feels like a sentimental singer/songwriter tune. Theres a lot of liberty in not being one or the other. For us, it means having creative license like Bjork and Radiohead, but having the impact of song and melody bands like U2 or Kent.
Paul: Whats the perfect setting for a Future of Forestry show? If your budget was infinite, what kind of production would you use for this coming year?
Eric: Ive always been into production ideas. I get tired of the whole lighting, smoke, explosions for no reason thing. I think artistic possibilities in concert venues are highly untouched due to the budget. Without monetary limitations, Id love to see music and the visual arts bring people through the experience of a lifetime. Rather than using the visual elements to make a band look cool or trendy, I want to use them to paint pictures of the music. I actually have a sketch book of a gigantic stage setup with multiple screens and stage levels that would let us explore a live stage and video interaction. In other words, something in which the players and the visual elements are a part of each other. I want people, regardless of their beliefs or religious affiliations, to have an experience with The Divine; its the kind of experience that doesnt need a label. I have dreams of taking people into another world at a concert, to the point where people walk away trying to describe it, but failing to do so, and all they can say is, You have to see it.
Paul: Who is a band youd like to have dinner with?
Eric: Id mostly like to have dinner with The River Bottom Nightmare Band. Theyre the new thing. But since theyre not really that accessible these days, Id go with Bjork. Shes just strange. She might do something entertaining like sing to her food or something.
Paul Colman- CCMMagazine.com
There is an explosion of new bands coming on the scene, many influenced by U2 and Coldplay, each trying to find their place and develop a unique identity. Too many are just not original enough and dont have their own style, sound or storywhich is exactly why you need to pay attention to Twilight, the impressive debut from Future of Forestry. The band does, as a matter of fact, sound like U2 and Coldplay at times, however, it is more of an influence here than copying the sound. And, Future of Forestry really sets itself apart with amazing songwriting and lush orchestration.
Front man Eric Owyoung studied classical orchestration and conducting at Boston University, and it really shows in these beautiful compositions. He and band- mates Nick Maybury (guitar), Luke Floeter (bass) and Spencer Kim (drums) have put together an album that appeals to the MTV rock crowd with alternative rock and pop influences, yet is set apart largely by the production of Ken Andrews (Mae, Pete Yorn, Failure). Andrews has worked on records by Copeland and Beck, and it shows here. But, ironically, its what the band added on its own that makes this record rise above most.
Once the basic tracks were finished, the band took them home for two months and added tons of weird sounds to bring out the full, orchestrated feel. This is really evident in two of the best tracks, Open Wide and If You Find Her, where great melodies meet cool rock guitars and brilliant orchestration. My only complaint is that, at times, this great writing and production is brought down a bit by the overused ringing guitar style of U2s The Edge.
Future of Forestry is about beauty. From their nametaken from a C.S. Lewis poemto the deeply personal lyrics. On the track All I Want, Eric sings, I will go where mercy meets the shame/I will go where strength will find the small and meek. These songs talk about where he has been with emotion that will pull you in and provide insight and hope. The bands emotive energy fuses this hope with a gorgeous arrangement of melodies and sounds that will leave you wanting more.
DR. TONY SHORE- CCMMagazine.com
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