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Forecast
Proof of Impact
Thinker Thought Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
To make any sort of "mark" in any sort of market one needs to have individuality. One needs a different point of view - to not do things the same way everyone else does them; or - you can do the exact things that everyone in a successful market does and hope that, by proxy, you will then become successful. The Forecast tries both of these in this release, but come up short when attempting to showcase their own individuality. That's not to say the music in this 7 song EP is bad, far from it - I just think I've heard it before... many times over.

The music is easily listenable, but that's about it. I'll bet you can play it in any roomful of friends and peers and 90% of them will be certain that they know this band. Is this early Jimmy Eat world? Geez, I haven't heard Sam I Am in a long time. I forgot I liked that band, once. A long time ago.

This genre of punky, mid-range emo music has never changed, just shifted. Where it may have been the center of attention at college parties - it has since become background music. If it's playing at a party, nobody will make the move to turn it off because everyone is hoping the next track will have that turning point, that unique PING! in sound the album desperately needs. Unfortunate for the Forecast - they never find it on Proof of Impact.

Living in Chicago for the majority of my life, I don't know what the "scene" is like in Peoria, Illinois, but I'm pretty sure the boys in the Forecast are big fish in that small pond - they do make enjoyable music. I think with some work refining their sound, making a hard left where they usually take an easy right, they could make a splash in the bigger pond of Chicago. And from there, who knows what the market forces will bring?

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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