These guys are from New Zealand and are really well known for their energetic live shows more so than their recorded output. An old band of mine was on a sparsely attended show with them a few years back in Austin where they played their brand of noisy post punk to a crowd of about ten people. Despite this fact, they still played with the intensity of a band playing a packed show. Listening to this record now, I would never have guessed that it was the same band. Forms dives much deeper into an indie rock realm from what I remember, reminding me a lot of the newer records by New York indie darlings Les Savy Fav, if those records were showered in reverb and given a less prominent vocalist. The guitars are not as noisy as they used to be, instead infusing a greater sense of melody throughout. I suppose it’s a pleasant record to listen to, but it’s just not very exciting.
–Mark Twistworthy (Flying Nun, flyingnin.co.nz)