Form 10 Lost but Feel Alright EP Review

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Submitted by Christopher Schieman (chris.schieman.writing@gmail.com)

 

At the corner of Foo Fighters and Rise Against sits Form 10, an alt-punk powerhouse cranking out head-bobbing, fist pumping rock anthems with thought provoking lyrics and a depth that far surpasses many of the current contemporaries. The band’s debut EP Lost but Feel Alight solidifies its place in Edmonton’s rock ether as a band that’s put aside the pretentions and modern trends in favour of carving out its own sense of identity.

The EP opens with “Lies are True.” A triumphant start to the band’s first foray into recording, setting the stage for what’s to come and exemplifying the solid riff-based stylings that marks the bands signature song-writing. The rhythm section of Chris Johnson and Rich Kusi-Menkah pummels through the track, giving a solid foundation that introduces listeners to Form 10.

“Hey Truth” is a poppy, upbeat continuance of what was already established, pushing the band into territory closely matching the sounds of Weezer and Alkaline Trio. It’s high energy and proudly displays the double guitar assault between Aaron Taylor and frontman Greg Allen.

Taking a turn for the slower and melodic, “Angel in the Night” shows the band’s virtuosity and variance in style, introducing the technical intricacies that each of the players posses. “Love Sick” picks up the energy again, furthering the technical displays, especially the guitar leads from Taylor. “All in with You” has a softer touch, almost coming off like a summertime beach-evening sing-along but quickly veers into darker territory, setting the stage for the coming finale.

Closing out with “Cold Dead Heart,” the EP finishes off with the band’s strongest and most interesting recorded effort. The song tributes Allen’s love for everything spooky and Halloween, featuring backing vocals from some of the younger members of the band’s own families, adding to the creepy and unsettling vibe of the song while still showcasing the band’s prowess for solid, catchy riffs and subtle intricacies.

Solid, straight ahead rock albums are hard to come by these days as bands continue to try and further sub-genre themselves, finding comfortable and easily copyable molds to fit themselves into. Form 10 makes a concerted effort to break any molds it may fit into, creating something uniquely itself. The EP’s title implies a band looking for direction, but Form 10’s recorded debut shows the band knows exactly where it’s heading and good it feels to have a sense of identity.

Review by Christopher Scheiman

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