The local post-grunge fuzz-rock trio might have a name that suggests tranquil inertia, but that betrays not only the expediency of their recent output, but also the momentum inherent to the almost punk-like tempos of their songs. Float Here Forever, adhere to an aerodynamic arrangement, intent on discovering the potential for intricacy, impact, and evocation within a three-minute song that's propulsive by design.
Fourteen powerful rock tunes make up a highly enjoyable album which echoes the later days of Husker Du and Bob Mould’s next band Sugar. With the ability to carve out driving rock music but add a distinct melodic edge this band stands out amongst the alternative rock community. Songs are short and to the point, not overstaying their welcome, the whole song book fitting into just over the 30 minutes. The dual vocals of Bazian and Easterbrook are particularly compelling. When the band slow things down the musicianship is particularly impressive with the three piece creating an epic sound. A very impressive debut created by quality musicians who have honed their art to create great music.
The sound of Float Here Forever is heavily distorted, just crushing, but there is melody in here as well. The songs seem to come at just the right pace with just the right sound of rock music. It's that sound from the 1990's and going into the early '00's that you just don't hear anymore and I've really missed. While it can feel like a blast to the past, let's also hope it is more of a sign of things to come, a glimpse into the future.
Float Here Forever gives a melancholy touch to their music that plunges into the 90's with an explosive mix of melodic Hard Core, Indie Rock, Noisy Pop, College Rock and Pop Punk. In short, a whole bunch of currents where energy AND melody are essential! The 14 songs here show a know-how (composition, interpretation, sound) of a very high level!
Detroit’s Float Here Forever have followed up last year’s debut full-length LP with their third EP, released on New Year’s Day 2020, one year after the LP. The three songs here are a blend of alternative rock and classic 90s emo (not the crappy pop punk that got called “emo” in the 2000s). “Back to Hell” has a raucous, driving feel in the guitars, even as the harmonized vocals smoothly glide through the music. “Planning to Matter” is more placid and serene, dreamier and janglier. The smooth vocals are still there though, softly soaring. And the title track that closes the EP is very reminiscent of the music of Bob Mould, sounding like something he might have written for a latter day Hüsker Dü LP. This is a band I was not previously familiar with, but listening to this EP makes me want to go back and listen to previous releases..
Darrell Bazian, a punk lifer from Detroit, shows a strong affection for the turgid tumult of classic Husker Du on his band’s 3-song EP, capturing not only the melodically-chorded song structures and frantic drumming but Bob Mould’s droney, psychedelic vocals as well. “Back To Hell” and “Stacking Tombstones” pull this off magnificently, counterbalancing heart-racing rhythms with laconic lead vocals and dense, swirling guitars. “Planning To Matter” adds more of a pop element, with dreamy group vocals and more melody. Definitely enough good stuff going on here for me to want more.