This week, the majority of us will celebrate the American holiday of explosions and hot dogs, occurring perfectly during a wave of heat seeking the high score. But for music fans, and anyone who currently exists in New jersey, we should all be celebrating a much different celebration; The Ones You Forgot's newest EP, "Too Afraid to Say" released just barely last week. Its an emotionally charged first debut with the brand new group dynamic and a collection of songs that aims to pull more heart strings than guitar strings.
Just a day before the release, I drove down to Asbury Park to get a chance to talk to the band about the long road from the band's formation to the release of a brand new EP.
PixelJournalism: So we'll start with a simple question as you raised a good point before in that technically the band was formed in 2014, by you two, Ferdinand Benauro and Matt Thompson but is it fair to say that the band started proper in 2016, with the release of the single, Make It Out Alive"?
Ones You Forgot: I would say that, we had a member change and then it took alittle bit to get Justin where we were with the songs and what we wanted, what we were seeking with our band.
PixelJournalism: Well thats probably one of the hardest parts about adding a new member into the band. When its two people or two friends that join up, usually you have a good idea of that person not being secretly crazy. But adding more people or new members is like having a new tenant at a apartment.
Ones You Forgot: We actually kind of knew Justin before, and we kind of knew Jenna before also, but with Lance it was a total shot in the dark, never met him before. I think what helped is we tried to start it as friends, when we first got together we just jammed. There was no mention of the band yet, lets just make some music.
PixelJournalism: And on the music, you had the single release about a month ago and you have the EP release tomorrow, the 29th! I'm sure you guys have ideas about the music yourselves or from samples you've had others listen too, but what are your thoughts on the music now, before the public hears it?
Ones You Forgot: I would say that it was definitely the most proud we ever felt writing, the first initial time I heard it, I thought, "This is us". Its really cool to see it all come together but at the same time, the whole record is about being afraid, so were kind of afraid about people to see it! Were really excited fr the release show next because were playing all the news songs, its gonna feel refreshing. We've been playing Peaks and Valleys for almost 4 years. We talked about when the new EP was gonna be released, it almost felt like it was never gonna happen and now we're staring it in the face, less than 24 hours away.
PixelJournalism: And going back to the point you mentioned, being afraid of the reception to the EP but specifically going back to the single, "Here Forever" about the people you have and the time you spend with them and are all the songs built like that, do they all come from the heart as much?
Ones You Forgot: They were written from personal experiences, but in a way that you can interpret them your own way and apply them to yourself. But "Here Forever" is all about losing a loved one and when I wrote the lyrics for that, I started to see the theme and it was almost unintentional at first. When the first song started coming together, I was like, you know what? These are all things I found myself too scared to do or admit to myself or say to someone because "One Step Ahead", we released that one as well and the whole basis of the song is, you have someone toxic in your life who's important to you and a part of your life and its about learning that your going to let that person go because its for the better. That was something I was really going through with a friend of mine and it was tough, and I was too scared to let them go, too afraid to tell them that this cant be going on. And that song came out and I was like," Wow these are all fitting together into that same topic."
PixelJournalism: Sound-wise, from Peaks and Valleys to this EP, I'd think you agree that it changed alot?
Ones You Forgot: Yes. Well its more that, the songs, when we wrote the old ones to the new ones, when we were writing the first ones, I liked that sound and I alittle nervous to branch out to heavier influences. For the newer stuff, I feel like not only is it that the sound changed, we changed, the way we write changed, I mean were all what, 4 years older? Were different people, literally different people, we were graduating high school, writing the lyrics to Peaks and Valleys when I was 17.
PixelJournalism: So I just wanted to end with the question; At the if/when moment your band becomes super famous and moves to Manhattan or LA or wherever what about New jersey would you miss the most?
Ones You Forgot: Oh god, I don't even want to leave New Jersey. The food! Wawa and Cane brewery. I just like new jersey because its right slab in the middle, not too hot, not too cold. You get your four seasons, you get some really great food, you get your mom and pop stores.
PixelJournalism: Well I really appreciate the time, the single, "Here Forever" sets a really strong tone for the rest of the EP and I'm looking forward to the release.
Ones You Forgot: Thank you.
The EP is out right now, debuting this June 29th and you can pick up the music now at their website and listen to the single, "Here Forever" on youtube
The band is also playing a release show, where they will be debuting some pyhiscal copies of the EP as well as performing the new songs in NJ at the House of Independents this July 7th.