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With "Nevermine," Forth Wanderers Set the Bar for Indie Rock in 2018

The latest single from the New Jersey band's forthcoming Sub Pop debut is winding, restless, and effortlessly self-confident.

by Alex Robert Ross
Mar 8 2018, 3:00pm

Photo: Julia Leiby

Forth Wanderers are a five-piece indie rock band from Montclair, New Jersey, whose self-titled Sub Pop debut is going to talked about as one of this year's most exciting records. Ava Trilling, the band's frontwoman, has a humid, effortless voice, the kind that can convey wonder and rapturous disinterest all at once. She's backed by two inventive guitarists in Ben Guterl and Duke Greene, and a rhythm section of bassist Noah Schifrin and drummer Zach Lorelli that's happy to upend a song's structure.

These component parts have been there since the band formed as teenagers in 2013. What they've developed in the intervening years—through two LPs and one full-length on Father/Daughter—is a balanced dynamic. Now, more than ever, they sound like they're pulling in the same direction. "Nevermine," premiering below, is the first track on Forth Wanderers. It's a winding, restless, half-paced song in which Trilling jabs confidently at a former partner: "I am the one you think of when you're with her." It never quite settles down, flitting between its four sections, each of which is catchy enough to be a chorus on its own.

Listen to "Nevermine" below. Forth Wanderers is out April 27 on Sub Pop.

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