Hailing from Blyth in Northumberland, Forgotten Roots is a four-piece punk rock band with a great deal of potential. It’s taken four years for the band to get to the point that it’s at now, with finding the perfect bassist and drummer having proven to have been a bit of a problem for Forgotten Roots; after all those years of frustration a suitable line-up has now been discovered however, and the band has now been able to record its debut mini-album in the form of ‘Crosses and Circles’.
The vocals are a little shaky at times here, sounding rather strained at certain points, despite this though the ‘Crosses and Circles’ mini-album still provides plenty of promise, with certain tracks really standing out strongly here. Forgotten Roots is a band influenced by the likes of Alkaline Trio, Green Day, and Madina Lake, and several of these influences can most definitely be heard here. ‘Bats’ is very much a nod towards the music of Alkaline Trio, ‘Memories’ meanwhile wouldn’t sound too out of place on ‘39/Smooth’ or ‘Kerplunk’.
A great deal of instrumental talent has been showcased on this mini-album, there’s a supreme sense of melody about the music, and whilst the band’s sound is not yet completely perfect, Forgotten Roots is a band of undoubted talent, and a full-length studio album can surely be expected in the not too distant future.
Forgotten Roots is without doubt a band to watch out for, and if you’re a fan of bands such as Alkaline Trio and Green Day then I’d definitely recommend giving the ‘Crosses and Circles’ mini-album a listen.
Label: Poison Tree Records
Release Date: October 12th 2009