FORTY FEET TALL Embrace An Angular Take On Tears For Fears’ Classic Track “Shout”, New EP Out 3/24

“Portland foursome Forty Feet Tall popped up to remind us all that rock ’n’ roll is still very much alive… in the vein of Queens of the Stone Age or Arctic Monkeys, Forty Feet Tall aren’t interested in dealing in watered-down, radio-friendly rock; there’s a tinge of aggression around the edges of these songs.” – The Alternative

“A smart and lively blend of garage rock with a slick energy and a hint of smart pop in the chorus and style of production.” – We All Want Someone To Shout For

“Formed in 2011 by a bunch of savvy teenagers from Los Angeles, the now-decade-old group are ready to showcase their refreshing brand of 2000′s-era Incubus, Queens Of The Stone Age and Cage The Elephant.” –  The Noise

“Drenched in reverb, driving riffs like The Strokes mixed with fun vocals in the vein of Jay Reatard and Pavement, these guys got the assignment right.” – Rebel Noise

“A bold and driven indie-rock belter.” – Mystic Sons



Embrace An Angular Take On Tears For Fears’ Classic Track “Shout”

New EP Tunnel Vision Out March 24th via Magnetic Moon

FEBRUARY 24, 2022 (Portland, OR) – “It’s a classic hit that we all know and love,” says Portland-based indie rockers FORTY FEET TALL about their new cover of “Shout,” originally released by Tears For Fears in 1984. “We thought we could take what makes this song great and make it our own by speeding it up, changing the form a bit, and adding our post-punk style, while also paying respect,” explains the band. The track is an innovative interpretation, that maintains Forty Feet Tall’s punky identity, seamlessly taking hold of the classic song in a refreshing light.

Forty Feet Tall - Shout (Tears for Fears Cover)
Forty Feet Tall “Shout”
Forty Feet Tall
“Shout” Cover Artwork

The cover follows the band’s two previous singles – the rage-filled and political “We Can’t Go Back To Normal” and the high-energy “Sleepwalking,” which stem from their upcoming EP Tunnel Vision, (out March 24th, 2023 via Magnetic Moon). Exploring the anxiety and angst that has built up from the polarized political climate “Shout” is a non-EP track that pairs well not only with their previous EP BOIL from 2022, but also with their 2021 debut album A Good Distraction. For Tunnel Vision, the band let their more aggressive and frustrating emotions bubble to the surface, releasing them cathartically with a more genre-bending, experimental take.  

Forty Feet Tall
Forty Feet Tall
Photo credit: Harper King

With a more laid-back approach instrumentally on Tunnel Vision than on its preceding, more defiantly visceral EP BOIL, Forty Feet Tall instead imbue the newer tracks with a harder-hitting deep-seated reality, creating memorable riffs that turn somersaults over relentless grooves in lead single “Sleepwalking,” recalling their inspirations Archers of Loaf, the Killers, Pavement, and Pixies. Keep listening and uncover more surprises: the curious coda of dreamlike “Look Both Ways,” while twisting into the grungy and fuzzy “Cheery Blossoms.” Forty Feet Tall aren’t afraid to say that the kids aren’t alright on punky chaotic “We Can’t Go Back to Normal.” “This EP is a little more experimental and shows a slightly softer side than the previous one,” the band explains. “With a song like ‘Tunnel Vision,’ we really tried to explore different avenues and get weird.”  

Starting out further down the Pacific Coast in SoCal, Forty Feet Tall began with a childhood friendship between Los Angeles natives Cole Gann (lead singer/guitar) and Jack Sehres (guitar). They started out playing a benefit to save the rainforest, but by graduation had built a following big enough to play on stages including the Troubadour, Roxy, and the Whiskey. College took Jack to San Francisco and Cole to Portland, but the band continued to perform even as they focused on their studies. Forty Feet Tall then released their self-titled album in 2014, followed a few years later by the Red Dressed EP. Bass player Brett Marquette came aboard in 2017; later adding drummer Ian Kelley which solidified the band. Forty Feet Tall’s hard-edged, expansive sound drew attention from television and movie music supervisors. Having songs featured in Showtime’s Shameless, several MTV spots, in the Paramount feature Drunk Wedding, and even an Arnold Schwarzenegger flick (Killing Gunther).   

Forty Feet Tall
Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision

1.“Look Both Ways”
2. “Cherry Blossoms”
3. “Sleepwalking
4. “We Can’t Go Back To Normal
5. “Tunnel Vision”

Forty Feet Tall’s Cover of “Shout” was produced by Cameron Spies (Radiation City, Night Heron) and is out now. Their upcoming EP Tunnel Vision is coming out on March 24thvia Magnetic Moon.

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