Double The Good News: The Lonely Forest Find a Major Label Home, Chris Walla Gets A Label
The Lonely Forest ::: photo by Josh Lovseth
The good news came in twos with the word breaking that Anacortes’-finest, The Lonely Forest had been signed to Trans, a new imprint of Atlantic Records headed by Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla.
The good news really is two-fold for local music. Not only are The Lonely Forest a great deserving local band, who we’ve been saying for a good year were primed for success far outside Seattle, Chris Walla also has an amazing ear and keen interest in local music. Take his work as Producer with Telekinesis, which elevated a couple of Michael Lerner’s catchy tunes to refined pop masterpieces. I can’t wait to see what he does with The Lonely Forest’s anthem-on-the-edge “We Sing in Time,” which is not meant to neglect the rest of their catchy catalog and the new songs the band has been writing. I’m excited about all of it. Immensely. And I think this is only the start of good things both for The Lonely Forest and for Trans, with which I hope Walla continues to keep a watchful eye and interested ear in what’s happening around Seattle.
Here’s what I said about The Lonely Forest’ in our review of the Top 25 Northwest Album’s of 2009.
“Most likely to break out of the Seattle scene and be playing arenas in the next few years? That would be The Lonely Forest, who wrote the anthem-on-the-edge-of-discovery “We Sing In Time” and an altogether heart-tugging debut album that explores addiction and the awkward stumble into adulthood with disarming earnestness and intensity. The Lonely Forest have the chops for success, lyrically as well as live performers, and I suspect both will be tested thoroughly in 2010. I can’t wait to watch them succeed.”
You can celebrate with The Lonely Forest when they play Neumos on March 2nd. It’s an all-ages show, which brings out the very best performance from the band and their rabid teenage fans are a sight to be seen. It’s impossible to not watch the rapture of their fans and not think to yourself, “These guys are going to be huge.” With the help of Trans and Chris Walla, hopefully they will be. It’s a success story I look forward to continue following here on Sound on the Sound.