The Lonely Forest energetically started off the night of music at the Brighton Music Hall followed by Mona and the Joy Formidable. The Washington state rockers played a set of intricate and melodic tunes including tracks from the recently released Arrows.
Jumping around the stage, John Van Deusen’s vocals provided the soothing melodies complementing the guitar riffs provided by Tony Ruland. The humorous stage banter included a moment where drummer Braydn Krueger suggested a song not on the set list but Deusen after gave him kudos for suggesting and from the sounds of it the crowd agreed.
The sonic offerings from this quartet have a hint of pop at times but are a solid indie rock songs that remind me a little of Death Cab for Cutie. It seems that the northwest once again has created another great band that can rock live and on CD.