We Are Forever, consisting of Aren Andersen (singer), Alex Nauth (guitarist/vocals), Ricky Ayala (guitarist/vocals), Evan Ogden (bassist/vocals), and Alex Ayala (drums), formed in December 2010, as a pop/rock band based out of the Indianapolis, Indiana. The band has been making a huge name for themselves sense coming out on the scene. On September 3rd, 2013 the guys released their studio full length album called "To Be Alive".
We Are Forever were able to play at the Noblesville, Indiana date of Warped Tour in 2013 after winning the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands. I very briefly caught part of their show, as you can imagine trying to cover Warped Tour is a daunting task at times, I remember being very impressed with the band's ability given their age and it was nice to see a local act able to hang with some of the bigger names in their genre.
The opening track on the album is called "The Bottom Line" and hooks listeners from the beginning with very punchy drums and high energy guitars. Lyrically I feel like this is an incredibly strong song and listeners will notice similarities between them and bands like Cartel and Mayday Parade. The track really sets the tone and expectations for the album.
Another stand out track on the album for me was the title track "To Be Alive". The song talks about not giving up on your dreams and fighting for what you want out of life. I think that this track in particular will be one that fans really grab a hold of and will be one of the favorites from the album for any listener. Up beat and edgy guitars drive the song forward and remind me a bit of We The Kings.
"Generation" is a great track that definitely will ring true with listeners. Although it is more on the pop side many fans of Pop-Punk would relate with this song very well. The track features classic Pop-Punk gang chants and talks about persevering through the trials and tribulations of not just the music industry but life in general. If I had to pick 1 song of the album as my personal favorite, and the showcase song to introduce new listeners to the band this song would be it by a long shot.
The last song I am going to talk about is "Forget The Sun (Feat. Shannon Barry)". I think this particular track shows the dynamic ability of the band. The whole album features tons of guitars and drums and everything you would expect from Pop-Rock music but this track is primarily a piano based ballad. Shannon's voice compliments Aren's voice so well. While it is already a very stripped down track in comparison to the rest of the album it is a track that I would love to see them do as a fully acoustic track.
We Are Forever might still be young in many ways and as far as the music industry is concerned but these guys are definitely on pace to some great opportunities. The new album is available digitally on iTunes and if you would like a physical copy or if you would like to pick up a physical copy or maybe you would like to support them by grabbing a shirt you can find all that here on their Big Cartel shop.