We chat to Forevr about their new double albums, everyone’s favourite musical icon Kate Bush, and what happens when someone talks shit about Carly Rae Jepsen.
Oh hi there. We’re a pop culture website. And you are…
I’m Sam, I play synth and sing in FOREVR. We’re a Brisbane experimental-pop band.
We hear you make music. Tell us about your latest release?
It’s a two-album project called Classics and Death is a Miracle. We started recording it in January 2016 in Hobart, and finished it in Brisbane in June this year. Classics is a bunch of shoegaze/pop songs, and Death is a Miracle is all spooky electronic/dance music.
Inspo is awesome. Who are your ultimate music icons/inspirations?
We listened to heaps of hip-hop when we were recording these albums – lots of Future and Freddie Gibbs (Kate is a trap fiend), heaps of Kanye, Dej Loaf, Dreezy, Kendrick. We also love Autolux and their producer, a bloke called Boots.
My own musical icon is Kate Bush. She’s been in the game for forty years and has never compromised her weirdness or her vision. Plus she makes me feel confident to write whatever lyrics I want. KB writes songs about washing machines getting dirty shirties clean, so me singing about murder robots seems kinda tame by comparison.
The first album I bought with my own money was….
I think it was Americana by the Offspring. Even less cool is the first song I ever downloaded on Limewire: Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, by Elton John. I was a very emotional 15-year-old.
Are you heading on tour? Where can we see you?
We are, but not until next year – we’ll keep you posted.
My fondest memory as a musician is…
Playing with Explosions In The Sky at QPAC. That venue and audience ruined me. Nothing can top playing a 1600-seat concert hall with a massive, lush sound system and a bunch of gorgeous, joyful loud-music nerds sitting in front of you. QPAC gave us a cheese plate and a bunch of champagne! And EITS were all incredibly lovely as well. It was absolutely ridiculous and I still can’t believe it happened.
On my rider, you’ll find…
A cheese plate and a bunch of champagne. And a case of Diet Coke for Donnie.
If I was to play with one musician/band before I die, it would be…
If one lyric could define me, it would be…
“They build up my body, break me emotionally / It’s nearly killing me, but what a lovely feeling!” – Them Heavy People, Kate Bush
My iconic/horrific teen outfit/phase was…
Not brushing my hair for about six months, and simultaneously absolutely flogging a floppy newsboy cap. A dark time indeed.
My friends always tell me… That everything’s gonna be okay.
I know all the words to… Superbass by Nicki Minaj.
Buying me a round? I’ll have… A Bloody Mary please.
If I was a rapper, I’d be… Suiyoubi No Campanella, because Japanese rap is cool as hell.
My lucky charm is… A good long-lasting matte lipstick.
The one word I can’t stop saying is… Wild.
I wish I was… Like 10% less neurotic.
I would never… Let anyone talk shit about Carly Rae Jepsen or Kylie Minogue.
What’s the buzz, tell us what’s happening next?
Our albums are going to come out and we’re all going to have a nice sit down for a while. Then we’re going to start completely reworking our live show. We’ve got a lot of new toys to play with and I’m really excited.