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Forfeit

Katherine Robinson

Forfeit, Lurking, Belonger, Even Thieves 

When: Fri., Aug. 19, 7 p.m. 2016
Price: $8
Few fourth-wave emo records sound as stoked on the 90s as Numb (Still Chill), the debut from Chicago’s Forfeit. Maybe it’s the band’s name in cursive on the manila-colored square insert, or the forlorn, slightly off-key singing that hangs over the lone, fragile guitar riff that kicks off the record, but Numb would fit snuggly into either Crank! or Caulfield’s storied catalog (fun fact: John Rejba, the bassist for recently reunited 90s emo group Boy’s Life, is the man behind the Still Chill imprint). But as much as its careening melodies sound reminiscent of Mineral, Numb isn’t an exercise in nostalgia, as Forfeit’s finest moments are informed by an ambition and near reckless energy that places the music in the present. The patient, complex arrangements and quasi-symphonic touches of “Escape” balance the band’s gritty imperfections and build on an expansiveness present throughout.
— Leor Galil

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