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Alter The Press! Presents: Forrest.

Joined together for a mutual love for bands such as Blink-182, Jawbreaker and for Pop-Punk in general, Neath, South Wales' Forrest came together with the basic aim of having fun playing music they enjoy.

Whilst it is still early days for the band, their free demo is a very encouraging collection of songs. With a combination of fast-paced punk, raw energy and an overall instantly favorable sound, Forrest take the best parts of their influences and roll them up into one promising sound, that is bound to quickly to get the attention of fans of the current DIY pop-punk resurgence, with comparisons being made to the likes of Such Gold, Title Fight and Starters.

For Fans Of: Small Brown Bike, Jawbreaker, Blink 182, Title Fight, New Found Glory, and Such Gold.

Interview with Dale Foley (Vocals)

Alter The Press: Why should Alter The Press! readers check you out?
Forrest: We’re 5 guys from South Wales playing our side of the music that we all love listening to. We’re happy to be making the music that we want to hear and it’s always a bonus if people get on board. We all love different kinds music and our common ground is definitely pop-punk. We have all been influenced from a young age by albums like, "Your Favourite Weapon' by Brand New and "Guilt Show" by The Get Up Kids. We had all separately been in bands that never really took from our own tastes and played in bands that might not have been what we wanted to do but more just for fun. Recently, the 5 of us got closer and realised that we had all, individually been sitting on an urge to play in a band like this. We were all happy to get together and start something that each of us had wanted to do for a long time. You could say this band is a product of the same story 5 times over.

ATP: What's the story behind the band?
Forrest: We all grew up around a local music scene. Seeing some great bands come through our hometown but like any scene, promoters come and go. Some start to take advantage of what they see as a cash cow, eventually destroying the local scene. It happens everywhere I guess, but for a long time we talked about writing music and just hoping we can get a couple of shows here and there to play honest no-frills pop-punk and that’s what we’re doing. South Wales has a lot of exciting things happening right now, particularly when it comes to pop-punk/punk and we’re definitely behind it all the way. We’re lucky now to be playing our music and to be surrounded by such great shows and bands in South Wales that we can get out to again.

ATP: Single highlight as a band so far?
Forrest: So far we’re still relatively new as a far as Forrest goes. Our first show with the guys in Our Time Down Here was great. They were really friendly and played as tight as ever. The feedback from our demo has been nothing but positive so far and we’re making new friends with every show. I think the fact that we’re able to get up and play the music that means the most to us is definitely the best thing about this right now.

ATP: What are your plans for the 12 months?
Forrest: We really want to take as many bookings as possible this summer and get our demo out there. We should be doing a string of dates around the UK with some friends of ours in July and/or August. We have a pretty open schedule right now and are available for bookings so promoters, get in touch. Other than that, we’re just gonna get out to as many shows we can back home.

'Demo' by Forrest is available as a free download from Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

Forrest on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and BigCartel.

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