The Lonely Forest spent most of the year on the road, including outings with Death Cab For Cutie, TheJoy Formidable, Two Door Cinema Club and Minus the Bear as well as a show-stopping set at Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival over Labor Day weekend, which saw them playing to thousands of people on the festival’s main stage – Seattle’s Key Arena.
A music video for the song “We Sing In Time” premiered earlier this summer on mtvU. MTV’s Buzzworthy Blog called it “a powerful, visually striking work that’ll scare and sadden.” You can check it out here: http://on.mtv.com/nEr5mF.
The Lonely Forest is set to end 2011 on a high note, with their acclaimed album Arrows featured on several year-end lists, including NPR and Amazon, and their single “Go Outside” climbing the SiriusXM “Alt Nation” chart. Similarly, the band’s Daytrotter session went live this week, and AOL’s Spinner recently posted a video of the band performing an acoustic version of “Go Outside.” 2012 is already gearing up to be a busy year for the band as well, as Arrows will be released on vinyl for the first time on January 31 and a tour is in the works for February and March (stay tuned for details).
Overall, 2011 proved to be a hugely successful year for The Lonely Forest. Their album Arrows has received overwhelming acclaim since its release earlier this year on Trans Records/Atlantic Records. NPR calls it “one of the best and most honest slices of pop music around,” and the accolades continue to come in from the likes of SPIN, New York Magazine, Nylon, Teen Vogue, Alternative Press, Paste, and more. The band made their national television debut August 2 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! performing “We Sing In Time” and “Go Outside.” Additionally, Arrows was in the Top 10 most added at CMJ upon its release, and the first single, “We Sing In Time” has proven to be a smash hit at the band’s hometown station, 107.7 The End, in Seattle.
Trans Records is the new label headed by Chris Walla, guitarist and producer for Grammy-nominated rock band Death Cab for Cutie, who found The Lonely Forest’s music so compelling he made the band his label’s very first signing. Walla produced and engineered Arrows at Sound City studio in Los Angeles, Tiny Telephone in San Francisco and his own, Portland-based studio, Alberta Court. He also mixed three tracks – “Be Everything,” “Turn Off This Song And Go Outside” and “I Don’t Want To Live There.” The rest of the album was mixed by John Goodmanson (Girls, Nada Surf, Weezer).