Forming deliver essential shoegaze and dream-pop straight from West Yorkshire. Andy Brown is here to spread the good news and share his thoughts for Louder Than War.
Forming are on the verge of releasing their debut album but the Leeds-based three-piece aren’t exactly newcomers. Until recently Ian Mitchell (vocals/ guitar), Ben Dawson (bass/ vocals) and Mike Evans (drums) played together as Unstable Journey. A psychedelic force to be reckoned with, the band released some astounding music. Just listen to the dizzying heights they reached on the sprawling 19 minutes of sonic catharsis that make up The Maintenance Of Sameness (from the ace Beast Market album, pop fans). The songs were different enough that they prompted a name change yet Forming is simply the next step in the band’s ever-fascinating evolution.
With a name that nods towards classic Italian Giallo cinema, All The Colours Of The Dark provides the perfect reintroduction. A dark, heart-racing slice of shoegaze complete with throbbing bass, driving drums and suitably dream-like guitars. I can even hear a little bit of The Cure in there. Fresh, raw and immediate; these guys know what they’re doing, folks. One Of These Days takes a completely different approach. A whispered and deeply atmospheric song that seeps into my subconscious like a half-remembered dream. I’ve listened to it a lot and still feel like it hasn’t quite surrendered all its secrets. Two diverse and highly promising songs from a trio ready to re-emerge from their cocoon and begin again. You’d be a fool not to come along for the ride.
Band photo by Ben Dawson.
Support the band and buy their music over HERE on Bandcamp.
Dawson also plays in The Wind-up Birds, find them HERE.
All words by Andy Brown. You can visit his author profile and read more of his reviews for Louder Than War here.