Seattle’s Forgive Durden were one of two “mystery signings” by the ever growing Fueled By Ramen this past year. They are also one of the most unique bands on the label’s roster. “Wonderland” is a concept album touching on several different social issues that are problems in the world today. The result is an album that’s not your typical pop-punk that the label has been delivering as of late.
Mixing elements of pop and prog, the band’s songs are constructed more intricately than those of their labelmates, yet still retain their ability to hook you in. Songs like “Ear to Ear” and “Parable of the Sower” are perfect examples of this. Meanwhile a song like “Il Tango Della Signora Francesco Di Bartolommeo Di Zanobi Del Giocondo” shows how ambitious the band can be while sounding different from their contemporaries. Drawing influences from several different styles, Forgive Durden are an amaglam of flavor that should be able to please everyone from fans of Fall Out Boy to fans of Coheed and Cambria.
2. Beware The Jubjub Bird And Shun The Frumious Bandersnatch
3. Ear To Ear
4. Parable Of The Sower
5. Il Tango Della Signora Francesco Di Bartolommeo Di Zanobi Del Giocondo
6. A Dead Person Breathed On Me!
7. The Great Affair Is To Move
8. Harry Frazee And No No Nanette
9. For A Dreamer, Night’s The Only Time Of Day
10. I’ve Got A Witch Mad At Me And You Might Get Into Trouble
11. Cue The Sun