The Forms – “Fire To The Ground” (Feat. Matt Berninger)

The Forms’ forthcoming Derealization EP reimagines material from the band’s first two LPs. Ironically, it’s these revisitations of older material that have revealed a newly vital band. When posting “Steady Hand” — a remake of the Forms’ “Bones,” from their self-titled, second LP, fronted in this new instance by the fluttering operatics of Andrew Thibaldeaux of Pattern Is Movement — we detailed the EP’s inception, inspiration, and execution: The tempos are generally quicker, the arrangements transubstantiated from mathematically minded post-hardcore emo of the originals to more gently breathing, spaciously symphonic treatments (courtesy of the strings and arrangements of St. Vincent/Physics Of Meaning violinist Daniel Hart and Dirty Projectors bassist Nat Baldwin). But of course, the headlines grab because of the guest vocalists: the Forms’ forefather Craig Wedren of Shudder To Think, the aforementioned Andrew Thibaldeaux, and here, in one of the EP’s star turns, the National’s Matt Berninger. His creaky baritone stands in for Alex Tween’s airy original, the strings swell at just the right time. It’s a far cry from its source material (titled “Redgun,” also downloadable below), and a good intro to the set if you’re just catching wind of it. Grab them below, where you’ll also find the dates for the Forms’ tour, including a couple of dates with another of their forefathers, the Dismemberment Plan.

The Forms – “Fire To The Ground” (Feat. Matt Berninger)

(via P4k)

The original:

The Forms – “Redgun”

01-28 Boston, MA – Paradise *
02-12 Brooklyn, NY – The Rock Shop
02-17 Pittsburgh, PA – Lava Lounge
02-19 Cincinnati, OH – Southgate House
02-20 Chicago, IL – Metro *
02-21 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
02-22 Ann Arbor, MI – Arbor Vitae
02-23 Milwaukee, WI – Mad Planet
02-24 Madison, WI – Project Lodge
02-26 Omaha, NE – Barley Street
02-28 Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
03-02 Nashville, TN – The End
03-04 Chapel Hill, NC – Nightlight
03-12-13 New Orleans, LA – Foburg Music Festival
03-16-19 Austin, TX – SXSW

* with the Dismemberment Plan


01 Fire to the Ground [ft. Matt Berninger]
02 Same Path Mantra
03 Steady Hand [ft. Andrew Thiboldeaux]
04 Alpha Wave
05 Finally [ft. Craig Wedren]
06 Derealization