I dream up supergroups the way people obsess over fantasy football. It’s fun to imagine what they’ll sound like, better still to hunt out rhythms or themes you can trace back to an OG band. So how much fun am I having reviewing ForeverandNever’s upcoming EP Promises?
Grab the Foo Fighters and put them in a bowl with the Deftones. Whip in some Senses Fail and a dash of Thrice. Add Mastodon to taste. That’s ForeverandNever, blending decades and genres into a sound that is uniquely their own.
With only three songs on their EP, ForeverandNever threw everything into this fantastic first impression. Title track “Promises” is aptly named, because it is a promise of things to come. Tyler Vinatelli’s opening line, “Another time, another place where the city was new and so were you, it was just for you” reminds me a little of Elias Soriano of Nonpoint. It’s got that urgent, passionate tone that pulls you right into the song. In second track “Like Wolves,” Vinatelli shows exactly how much diversity and range he has. There is also a distinct punk influence, and an intense dissonance in the chorus that will appeal to any Deftones fan. When Vinatelli sings “These past five years I think that I have lost myself and its not getting any better” he’s just straight up channeling Robert Smith of The Cure. Maybe I’m grabbing at straws, but ForeverandNever has lit up the music center of my brain like a Christmas tree. At this point I want to dig into their CD collection because they’re calling to mind everyone and no one at the same time. Closing out the EP is “With The Night,” a very voluminous tune with surprising twists and turns throughout the melody, and within the chameleon vocals of Vinatelli.
I recommend you give ForeverandNever a listen. Blending the best of the years of rock into a sound that is familiar and appealing is a gift and a treat. Promises drops on June 2, 2017, but you can and should hit iTunes and pre-order. It’s just different enough to listen to over and over, but fits right in the wheelhouse of the decades of rock already on your playlist.