19 Aug
Interview with FOREST LAWN


We had a conversation with Brett (Guitars). Enjoy!

Welcome to the FILTHY DOGS OF METAL Webzine.

Tell us a few things about FOREST LAWN (Members, Starting Year etc).
Forest Lawn started with myself, Brett, on guitar and Joe on drums in 2018. We started writing songs just the two of us and started looking for a bass player and singer. Joe brought in Jeff an old friend from school to play bass and we tried out a few singers but nothing was clicking. One day at practice Jeff said he would try out vocals and he just started screaming. We weren't sure what direction we were going to take the vocals at the time but I love black metal music and I was blown away how good Jeff sounded so we started playing shows in 2019.

You have recently released your album 'Forest Lawn''. What is the feedback from your audience as well as from the press?
We've been playing live shows in LA for a bit and we always got really good feedback and support from the community but never released any music. So far the feedback to the album has been great. I'm just trying to share our music and it's really cool when people can connect with it.

Label or DIY and why?
DIY at the moment but labels are great and something that we are looking for.

Do you prefer Vinyl, Tape, CD or Digital Format and why is that?
Honestly, I just like going to live shows but all those formats are cool.  Digital is obviously the most convenient but it just feels like part of the experience is missing.

Your music style is Blackened Metal. Which are your main influences (Favourite Artists / Bands etc.)
I grew up just loving Slayer, Deicide, Emperor, Sabbath, Danzig, High on Fire, Mercyful Fate just anything dark or evil. 

Which things, do you think, a Band should sacrifice in order to succeed? Have you ever sacrificed anything in your life for a better future of your Band? 
The hard thing that all musicians have to go through is you have to put in your time and energy into what you love, your music. You want to be on the road playing but there isn't too much money in this and being broke at 40 is nobody's dream. 

Describe your ideal live show as a performance Band. Have you already experienced that?
My favorite dive bar in LA, Footsies. Turn on the fog machines, a lot of spilt beer on the floor and everyone fucking headbanging.

Which attributes, do you think, that a new Metal Band should have in order to gain identity and be unique?
Just figure out what makes you different and go with it.  Play what you love and don't try too hard to fit in.

Do you believe that Digital Platforms help the new Metal Bands? Which, do you think, is the ideal way for a Band to promote its work?
It's a good way to get yourself out there but sometimes I pay more attention to a Xeroxed flyer on a street post, so there's that too.

Tell us a few things about the New Underground Metal Scene in Los Angeles, California (Bands, Fanzines, Webzines, Metal Clubs etc.)
LA's a great place for heavy music. Born for Burning puts on a lot great black metal shows and markets. Joe also drums for Deathchant, a heavy psych band that is sick and been blowing up.

Do you know anything about the Hellenic Metal Scene?
Not very much but let me know who I should be listening to.

What are your future plans?
Going to be playing more shows and touring soon. We're writing new songs and not too far from recording another album. There's one that we've been playing live recently that's just fucking heavy and I'm looking forward to recording it.

Thank you very much for your time & Keep up the good work! The closure is yours.
Thanks for the support. Give us a listen on Spotify or Bandcamp and follow us on Instagram @forest._.lawn. Stay Evil!

By Steve the Filthy Dog.




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