The English alt-rock duo Brockley Forest release the three track single Castaway on the 11th of May with a launch show at The Old Bookshop in Bristol with a guest appearance by another locally based act who last featured on the site in 2015 – Mutant-Thoughts.
Continuing with what is becoming a tradition of the duo only appearing on the site on even numbered years since their introduction in 2014 then again in 2016 – although no recorded material has been missed in the intervening period, Brockley Forest can be discovered regularly in live performance.
The three songs on Castaway sear through the speakers in crunchy combinations of furious guitar and percussion casting gnarled roots through the room – the opening song is One Obsession. Time will tell if it is 2020 that Brockley Forest next appear – I sincerely hope this is a tradition that can be broken.
It was back in 2014 that the English alt-rock duo Brockley Forest last featured.
Brockley Forest – The Die Has Been Cast – artwork
From the five track EP The Die Is Cast, the opener – Rubicon fires its way into the room in a blister of shorn guitar to be joined by scrummaging percussion and pugnacious vocal as Brockley Forest remind me of all the reasons I enjoy their blend of rock with its punchy energetic no-nonsense power-base.
I will try and avoid another eighteen month gap before coming back to the duo.
Brockley Forest is the alt- rock duo of Dec and Seb from Bristol in England.
The minimalism of set-up – an acoustic guitar through a distorted amp and a stripped down drum kit allows Brockley Forest to create expressive music which for it’s very rawness has an intense impact on the listener. With creative skills outside of purely music, Dec is a script writer and Seb a photographer, the two are able to capture those abilities to add value to both the visual and song-writing definition of the band.
The duo are able to to deliver music which both sonically and lyrically encapsulates the message of the tracks enabling the listener to open their ears and enjoy the creativity and ability, whilst enthusiastically looking forward to the next piece of music. A three track EP 2nd Nature is scheduled for digital release on the 2nd June along with a physical release later in the year.
Whilst an oppressive brooding sense of mystery lays throughout their material, of the five songs I have had the opportunity to hear each tells a story from a very distinctive angle and emphasis. Attesting the strength in depth that Brockley Forest possess between the two of them.
Brockley Forest is a band I both expect and want to hear much more of in the future.