Brissie duo FOREVR fuse weird guitar sounds, electronic beats, synth pads and pretty singing to create a hypnotic shoegazey sound that is all their own. They also believe that no party is complete without several Kylie Minogue tracks.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
FOREVR sounds like a wall of weird guitar sounds, electronic beats, synth pads and pretty singing. The electronic part of our sound developed through necessity (we have to use Ableton and drum machines to fill in the parts we can't play live) but we've embraced it because electronic music is cool and fun. FOREVR is the most technology-based band either of us have been in.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
New gear. Our music is so heavily styled that the possibilities opened up by a new synth or pedal sound are often all we need to get inspired.
What can punters expect from a FOREVR live show?
Guitar that doesn't sound like a guitar, no talking on stage, and gold.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
We saw Shellac play at Donnie's work a little while ago and they told us not to take the advice of anyone not in the band. So we haven't.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mangelwurzel - 'My House'
. It would be impossible to feel sad listening to that song - possibly on-edge or confused, but never sad.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Gareth Liddiard - 'The Radicalisation of D'. Won't just cause tears but also an enduring sense of despair. Thanks for that Gareth.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We recently played with Postblue
, who are beautiful angels both onstage and off. We also got to see kigo
at the end of last year - he blacked out the venue and pointed a strobe at the audience for his entire set. It was wild.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
There's a brand new act called ZEIIGA
who we think is outstanding (very druggy, very early-Madonna). Our friends' bands like sydney2000
, Danyl Jesu
and Ultra Material
are all changing the game in various inspiring ways. There's also a band called Monster Zoku Onsomb
who have been around for ages - they're absolutely nuts and should be headlining every summer dance festival - and the excellent DJ Sezzo Snot
who is supporting Le1f soon and is probably the number one coolest person alive. Then there are all the legends who open venues, book shows, take beautiful photos, screenprint merch, make music videos, pay money to come to gigs... Brisbane's music scene is A+ all round basically.
What are your plans for 2016?
We are going to Tasmania in March to record some new songs, and we'll be taking extra people into the studio for the first time. We're hoping that having more musicians involved in the recording process will make for some unexpected developments. For the rest of the year - release our record, tour the country, play with people we like, buy Sam a YC-10, etc.