Thereâ€™s a clockwork intelligence to the carefully careening music of Oaklandâ€™s Forrest Day. Everythingâ€™s in its right place yet the songs still fly at one with a visceral immediacy, punk rock energy harnessed to strong singer-songwriter chops, lean, funky & utterly efficient musicianship, and dark, smart, funny observations. While a few quality ancestors peek from inside the notes â€“ Ben Folds Five, Soul Coughing/Mike Doughty, Buck 65, Tom Waits, ALO, Blackalicious â€“ itâ€™s hard to place Forrest Day, which is both the bandleaderâ€™s name and the groupâ€™s moniker. Pointed and quirkily wild, the bandâ€™s new album, The Second bares its teeth with snarling confidence, greeting the worldâ€™s mess with a â€œDonâ€™t Tread On Meâ€ attitude that extends to the authorâ€™s own psychosis â€“ though one wonders how successful anyone is at barking down oneâ€™s own demons. The energy and skill on this album gathers one up and focuses oneâ€™s attention, head nodding oneâ€™s way into a serious of cool observations and quality profanity. In other words, good shit through and through.
Forrest Day performs next at The Independent in SF on November 20th when their hip-hop friendly ways will open for Latyrx (Lyrics Born & Lateef). Find their full tour schedule here.
Forrest Day himself agreed to tackle DIâ€™s signature questionnaire and hereâ€™s what he had to say.
- 1. Great music rarely happens withoutâ€¦
- Great musicians, great people or both. If you aren’t technical then you gotta have spirit. If you don’t have spirit you better be technical. If you have neither you should get a new hobby.
- 2. The first album I bought wasâ€¦
- Getz/Gilberto. That cool colored album, Stan is my favorite sax player to this day.
- 3. The last song or album to really flip my wig wasâ€¦
- I really enjoyed the last couple Dirty Projector albums
- 4. When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to beâ€¦
- A rockstar and a fireman. I’ve grown up to be neither â€“ ha, ha! I haven’t grown up yet, so there’s still time!
- 5. My favorite sort of gig isâ€¦
- The ones where people really like my band.
- 6. One thing I wish people knew about me isâ€¦
- People seriously know enough about me. I am a pretty open book. Itâ€™s a little embarrassing at times actually. I should start writing about other people. I am over-played subject matter.
- 7. I love the sound ofâ€¦
- Rain and Sinatra.
- 8. One day I hope to make an album as fantastic asâ€¦
- [Radioheadâ€™s] OK Computer or [Rick Rossâ€™] Teflon Don.
- 9. The best meal I ever had on tour was atâ€¦
- Thatâ€™s real tough. We had a BBQ tour that was mind-blowing. I’d say Texas has the brisket! At the end of the day though, Oakland has got my favorite BBQ. Ribs, baby.
- 10. I always find the coolest audiences inâ€¦
- Smaller towns. They aren’t afraid to show love and embrace something they’ve never heard before. In cities people wanna make sure other people like it first. Small towns come to get down. [Editorâ€™s Note: GFEâ€™s Foul Mouth Jerk & Masta Ace have a joint that springs to mind.]
- 11. The worst habit I’ve picked up being on the road all the time isâ€¦
- Bad eating I guess. I eat bad anyway though. Thatâ€™s how I maintain such a curvy figure. I like all the habits I’ve picked up on the road. It’s my favorite place to be.
- 12. Led Zeppelin or Radiohead, which flips your switch the most and why?
- Probably Radiohead, that’s my high school shit. OK Computer hit me hard, blew my mind.
- 13. The craziest thing I ever saw wasâ€¦
- Sadly, I can’t access these types of things easily from my brain. I forget almost everything, unless someone reminds me. Bad routing I guess, couple loose wires.