words: Michael Brooks
Forth Wanderers are wise beyond their years, cranking out jam after jam like a well-oiled machine. “Not For Me”, the lead single off their upcoming self-titled album (the band's first for Sub Pop), is a turbulent assertion about the highs and lows of being in love. Ava Trilling’s vocals are infectious and steadfast, alternating between an almost manic exuberance and a subdued warble without ever missing a step. Songwriter Ben Guterl and the rest of the band are experts at all things bouncy and thunderous; sprightly guitar lines glide against raucous drum hits trapping the listener inside of a hazy claustrophobia that’s relentless. The production is glossy and booming, creating the sonic equivalent of a sugar rush. “Not For Me” is dazed and serene without losing any sense of urgency, another welcome addition to the young bands already impressive resume.