Northwest darlings The Lonely Forest are no longer the new kids on the scene who got their start by winning the EMP’s under-21 Sound Off! competition. In the five years since they took home the competition’s grand prize and got to record an EP with Jack Endino, they have developed a devoted following in and around Seattle, and earlier this year they released their third full-length album, Arrows. Led by guitarist and vocalist John Van Deusen, Arrows might be the band’s best effort yet, sporting such standout tracks as “Love Addict,” “We Sing In Time,” “Tunnels,” and “Coyote.” In addition to their KEXP set at the Ace Hotel, presented by Toyota Free Yr Radio, The Lonely Forest will be at the Rock Shop in Brooklyn tonight at 9:30 pm.
Seeing as how KEXP is from Seattle, and all, it’s fitting that The Lonely Forest closed out the second day of performances from the lobby of the Ace Hotel. They’re about as closely tied to the Northwest as a band can get, and KEXP isn’t going to set up shop in another US city without bringing a little local flavor along with them. The crowd had thinned out a little since Dum Dum Girls left the stage, but those that were in attendance were treated to a powerful, riff-heavy explosion of a set unlike any the Ace’s lobby had seen over the course of the past two days. What’s great about The Lonely Forest, however, is though they certainly have the chops to make some serious noise, they have the emotional sensibilities that come with life in the Northwest, and are not afraid to slow it down and pour their hearts out, as is evinced by songs such as “Love Addict,” “Two Pink Pills,” and “Live There,” all of which they played during their set at the Ace.