Local Indy band Forstory is headed to the Battle of the Bands Finals this week! And their recently released single, “Another Day” is another certified banger. The kids are still saying ‘banger’, right?
In just two days, eight wildly different but equally talented bands will compete at The Vogue for the final round of the Battle of the Bands. Along with Forstory, the other bands and artists include The Palace, J. Elliott, Porch Kat, Bullet Points, Huckleberry Funk, Audiodacity, and Jake Schlegel. During their last battle at The Vogue, every one of them will be fighting for the juicy grand prize of $10,000 and a touring van.
For the rest of this week, we’ll be taking a look at as many of the competing bands as we can get to before the finals on Saturday. We looked at Bullet Points and Huckleberry Funk last week. Today, it’s Forstory.
But before we get into our song of the day, “Another Day”, first here’s a little bit of information on Forstory, for anyone who either hasn’t heard of them yet, or is just a little curious about some of the bands competing this week.
Forstory is an Indie Pop band from Indianapolis, Indiana. On September 15th, 2018, Forstory released its debut single, “You Don’t Get Me,” laying the groundwork for the band’s blend of diverse styles and sounds into catchy hooks and thoughtful songwriting. Since then, they’ve continued to make quite the splash in Indianapolis, releasing a total of six singles over the course of the year.
Comprised of singer Sydney Frank, drummer/producer Michael Slonim, guitarist Cole Chavez, bassist Gordon Housman, and saxophonist Drew Montgomery, Forstory exploded onto the Indianapolis music scene with their debut at New Faces Night at Hi-Fi on April 13th, 2019.
A few weeks ago, Forstory competed in the Battle of the Bands semifinals hosted at The Hi-Fi. They ended up winning the first round of semifinals, and will be advancing to play this Saturday, along with Jake Schlegel, who came in second place. Be sure to go see them both play at the final battle royale at the Vogue.
“Another Day” starts off with an easy and smooth opening with low keys and synths accompanying Frank’s sultry vocals. But it doesn’t take long for the track to kick into gear. After the first twenty-five seconds, the rest of the band comes crashing in with heavy drums and bass, whirling synths, and rhythmic guitar. Oh, and don’t forget the smooth droning saxophone from Drew Montgomery. Even though it comes in more as a supporting role, that smooth and punchy horn gives Forstory a little extra “oomph”.
Another small instrumental part that could go overlooked is the synth from Slonim, which chimes in with an electric, tearing sound placed perfectly that doesn’t distract or take away, but only adds more energy to “Another Day”. It’s one of my favorite parts of the song, and kudos should go to Slonim for showing the restraint that not all synth players would have.
Halfway through the track, the energy dies down again with the soft, melodic plucking from Cole Chavez’s guitar. Frank’s vocals then come in to mirror the melody before the song takes off with another rendition of its snappy chorus.
While structurally, “Another Day” is pretty simple, the arrangement and synchronization of all of the instrumental parts, along with the catchy melodies and Frank’s stellar vocals, makes it another home run for Forstory.
Overall, “Another Day” may not be my all time favorite song from Forstory, but it’s another solid addition to their catalog. But will it and the rest of their set list be enough to win them the final battle this week? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by getting down to The Vogue this Saturday, February 15th for the Battle of the Bands finals. Hope to see you there.
If you enjoyed listening to Forstory’s song, “Daylight”, you can listen to more of them by visiting them on Spotify To find out more about the band, you can find them on Facebook, or go to their website.
Finally, for more coverage on the local Indy music scene, be sure to check out the LemonWire Music Corner, where we’re showcasing local artists from the Indianapolis community.