Please Forward has recently undergone a big transitionary period as a band. After a series of member changes, shifts in sound, and ultimately changing their name from Light the Avenue in July of 2016, Please Forward has landed on their feet in a very strong way. Their November 2016 release, So Be It is an artfully crafted EP consisting of songs about depression, addiction, heartbreak, death, guilt, and above all: closure. Each song is tied under the collective sentiment of accepting a situation for what it is, after losing a fighting battle with it; hence the title.
So Be It was recorded over the period of some months at SoundGasm Studios in Kennesaw, Georgia with Tim Jones, Ian Riley and Kyle Bryson. Mixed by Tim Jones and mastered by Troy Glessner at Spectre Mastering, the record is as sonically pleasing as it is interesting. There are little production nuances hidden all over the EP that give depth and, in their own way, add a lot to the songs.
So Be It tastefully blends darker emo rock elements with an almost nostalgic punk upbringing and makes no attempt to cover up front man/writer Zach Marshall’s Deep South roots.
Among the dynamic and driving instrumentals and anthemic choruses, one of the most notable aspects of this record is its heavy lyrical content. I got to talk to Zach about the meaning behind the songs, and even after several listens on my own; it gave a new light to his stories and opened it up to listening from a new perspective.
“The opening track: Backroads is about losing someone close while on bad terms with them. The first verse talks about the last time the narrator saw the girl, right after her death. The second verse goes back to when they first met. The entire song is about feeling guilty for letting her leave after a big argument.”
“Bastards is about accepting the fact that you're an addict or that you have problems in general. When you're addicted to drugs and alcohol, you have the tendency to think you're right and everyone else is wrong. You keep things hidden to keep friends from giving you a hard time, but they're not oblivious to your problem. Everyone knows. So Bastards is about the moment when your friends decide you're a piece of shit and that's what makes you want to change in the end.”
“Trigger Happy is about getting over depression and not wanting to go back. There was someone that I had lost contact with during a very dark time in my life. We ended up speaking again 10 months later and she had no idea what I had been through. Instead of talking to her about it, I wrote about it.”
“Sorry About That is about a first date gone wrong due to personal issues. It's pretty self-explanatory.”
“Savannah is about getting your heart broken and the feeling of your entire life and future being over because of it. When you make a bunch of plans with someone for the future, it's almost like your life is over when they leave. And no matter how much you may still love them, it's much easier to just turn it into hate and blame them for everything that is going wrong. The line "how could you take a life and hide it all behind those eyes" refers to her stealing my future from me and acting like she did nothing wrong. When actually, she did nothing wrong and I just needed someone to blame, because an addict never blames themselves.”
“Ice Patch is kinda heavy, but it's another one about death and guilt. It's based on one of (guitarist) Blake’s friends. In the song I let my social anxiety keep me from joining a friend of mine at the bar. So he goes by himself and ends up slipping on some ice on the way and bleeding out to death. It takes place three years in the future and I'm at the same bar he was going to, talking to the bartender.”
So Be It by Please Forward is available on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, etc.
Catch them on January 27th with JT Woodruff of Hawthorn Heights, In Her Own Words, and more at Under The Couch in Atlanta.
written by matthew Schumacher