Local screamo/punk act To Forget is composed of Joe Suthers (bass), Nate McKinley (guitar, vocals) and Andy Munz (drums). Although Munz is a relatively new addition to the fold, each of these in-your-face musicians has been at it for quite a while. As Suthers explains, “We’ve all been in bands since we were young. With how small our little offshoot of the Charleston music scene is, in a way, it was inevitable that we’d end up together.”
For a raucous little three-piece, there is a bit more going on musically than one might expect. Suthers imagines that his ensemble’s expansive approach to punk rock was a result of all the eclectic source material that he and his bandmates were absorbing as they came of age.
“As far as influences go, we’re all over the map, and I think it shows in our music. We always try to incorporate different styles while still keeping things fluid,” Suthers told the City Paper.
To showcase just how far To Forget has come as a songwriting and performing unit, the group recently released its debut full-length album called Echoes Take Their Place. In addition to all the usual streaming platforms, a vinyl version dropped via Zegema Beach Records.
McKinley couldn’t be more excited about sharing these particular songs with the world, especially after the long, meticulous process that unfolded in an effort to bring them all to life.
“The LP was about two and a half years in the making,” McKinley said. “It is a product of many weekly practices in our storage unit, bouncing ideas off of one another and slowly piecing this record together. In January 2021, we went up to Greensboro for a week and recorded it with our friend Kris Hilbert at his studio called Legitimate Business. We tracked it mostly live and overdubbed a few necessary pieces along the way, which is my favorite way to record.”
The best part, for McKinley at least, is how honest the album ended up feeling. “I think this record is special to us because it truly feels like who we are now, as musicians and people,” he said. “It deals heavily with the concept of loss and reflection, and through the process of translating some traumatic memories into this music. I think we’ve all grown from the experience.”
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