What Studio 52 Says: Dear Forbidden makes grunge poppy, garage rock spooky, and stirs up memories of teenage angst. The Philly trio is musically on edge in their 2017 debut record Glitter and Dissonance as they jump frenetically between grooves, hauntingly chill sections, and crunch infused fuzz driven climaxes of grungy garage rock. The only sure constant is the eerie, spacey vocals that float with purpose through the unpredictable tide that is Dear Forbidden.
Their sophomore release Slow Beat shows off some significant growth; their sound became something much larger, at times heavier, while also sort of sounding like what the kids call “dream-pop” these days. Their most recent single “Pledge” falls apart before it pulls itself back together and rides on the type of indie rock drive you’ve come accustomed going to shows in Boston.