The Lonely Forest at Bumbershoot 2009

photos by Dan Muller
review by RJ Cubarrubia

I’ll be honest: with all the talk of Anacortes’ The Lonely Forest, I felt like a complete dumbass for never having heard their music (it got really bad when I read in Sound that they were “Seattle’s next great band”). After having the pleasure of introducing them on our KEXP/Toyota Free Yr Radio stage, I was treated to some of the smartest and most melodic songwriting to grace my ears this year. Stupidly excited after their mini acoustic set, I caught their later set at the EMP/SFS Sky Church and quickly got my heart swooned and my ass rocked; the combination of the pretty lights, big sounds, and tons of screaming fans was almost overwhelming. The closing song, “We Sing In Time”, should be where every person unfamiliar with this band should start and as the entire crowd sang the chorus, I realized that this was it: this was the anthem of my weekend, my best reason for being here. Can’t really argue with that.

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