Secluded amidst the rough waters of the North Sea, almost five hundred miles
north-east of the England/Scotland border, the heavy riffs and hooky
melodies of Shetland four piece FORGOTTEN SONS ring out louder than nature’s
elements around them. The band release their new single, Ragged Sails High,
on Friday 23rd March, via Animal Farm.
Since their birth in 2015, FORGOTTEN SONS have fine-tuned an unmistakably
heavy rock sound that is fueled by gratifying pop-punk melodies. With Robert
Burgess on vocals, Sandy Middleton handling guitar and vocals, Craig Watt
taking care of the bass, and John Gair holding the fort on drums, the
quartet have picked up favourable descriptors likening the band to Alkaline
Trio, Rise Against, and Foo Fighters. Whilst the emerging tunesmiths have a
modern and very relevant appeal, their grass root foundations are varied and
diverse. Guitarist Sandy elaborates: “I started listening to music when I
was very young; my mother always had her tapes on in the house. She’d listen
to Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Prince… too many to name. I
suppose that was how I first developed a love for music”. As like with many
of his fellow band mates, when Sandy grew older, he found new inspiration in
heavier outlets such as Korn and Limp Bizkit, before turning to pan-Atlantic
influence through the pantheon of pop-punk, including Blink 182 and Alkaline
FORGOTTEN SONS have widely played throughout the Shetlands and have also
supported Scouting For Girls. Furthermore, the band have attracted interest
from BBC Newsbeat, who recently ran a news story highlighting their
sheer determination and willingness to surpass geographic barriers.
Momentum is building for the foursome, and is
sure to intensify as they release their new single, Ragged Sails High.
Vocalist Robert Burgess remarks about the track: “The song is about
overcoming depression and anxiety. The ship represents who I am and the
lyric “I won’t abandon ship just yet” says how I’m not willing to give up
life. The video was shot in an old school giving it a dark feel, but the
lyrics themselves are of desire and happiness to keep living”. For details
on the band’s impending Scottish tour, and other updates, stay glued to
their social sites.