Q&A: Joe Forrester

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Q&A: Joe Forrester



Joe Forrester.

Define your genre in five words or less:

Alternative folk-rock.

So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you… what do they say?

“Shit, I hope that guy’s okay.”

How long have you been gigging and writing?

I’ve been doing the solo acoustic-based stuff for a bit over three years now. Prior to that I was in a ridiculous punk-metal band called Innocent Cabbage screaming from behind the drumkit for ten years, on guitar in a similarly stupid metal outfit called Sacre Bleu! and on various sounds in an alternative rock band called A Friend Of Mine. The solo stuff started when those bands fell apart and is drastically different to them.

What has been your favourite gig you’ve played to date?

A very memorable show was at the Great Britain Hotel on Easter Sunday this year. Great crowd, great acts, nice venue and excellent night all round.

Which band would you most like to have a battle/showdown with?


What inspires or has influenced your music the most?

My default answer for this used to be girls, but at this juncture I’m going to go with hate, hurt and hope. They all start with H, you see. I have pretty much the same relationship with both answers really anyway I guess.

What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed?

Oh if only I knew! Trying harder and being better than me might be a start. I’ve by no means been at all ‘successful’ but I love doing what I do and I’m not going to stop anytime soon.

Do you have any record releases to date? What? Where can I get it?

I’ve done four DIY EPs and am currently promoting my debut album, Everything’s Louder In The Dark, available for a limited time for only $5 as a digital download via joeforrester.bandcamp.com. It will also be available in beautiful hard copy for $10 at the launch.

Why should everyone come and see your band?

We’re pretty frickin sweet, and I’m in it.

When are you playing live/releasing your album/EP/single/etc?

The big album launch is at The Old Bar on Thursday December 8 with Big Seal And The Slippery Few and Beautiful Change. I’ll be playing with a bunch of great people behind me. It should be a really excellent night. Do come.