Forth Wanderers are five friends from Montclair, New Jersey. Together they make some of the most powerfully intimate and emotive indie-rock music you’re likely to hear. Comprised of singer Ava Trilling, guitarists Ben Guterl and Duke Greene, bassist Noah Schifrin and drummer Zach Lorelli, despite all being under the age of 21, the group have been prolifically forging musical creations from the bedrooms of their Garden State township since 2013.
With their burgeoning discography it’s hard to believe that Ava only just graduated high school this June, and the rest of the band are in their junior college year. But it’s fair to say that with EP ’Slop’ the band are truly arriving on the international scene. Over just four tracks the band manage to create an intense impact with the effortless, earnest melody of Ava’s talismanic vocals soaring above the untempered churns of Ben’s haunting, raw guitars.
Forth Wanderers have been building a loyal fanbase plucked from disparate scenes, drawing comparisons from everyone from Built To Spill and Pavement to Mac Demarco and Weezer. But the urgency and immediacy of what they do feels almost unparalleled amongst the current wave of breaking indie music. The EP is as euphoric as it is lamenting, with “Know Better” opening proceedings with driving, strident guitar swirls and some real earworm hooks. “Nerves” bursts forth from fizzing, lo-fi shackles to give some of one the band’s most head-nodding moments. Before seismic closer “Unfold” bring things to a heart-wrenching finale “I’ve been tired of hearing fake speeches, needless to say I’m in love with you…” Ava croons amidst its epic closing bars.
The EP is a co-release between House Anxiety / Marathon Artists and Father/Daughter Records, who’ve between them, have introduced the world to Courtney Barnett, King Krule, Diet Cig and Mutual Benefit.