Forth honour a foursome of musical icons on their new single and video 1993 — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
This emotional four-minute song serves as the third and final single from the Finnish rockers’ latest album, and pays tribute to a quartet of grunge icons: Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, Alice In Chains’ Layne Staley, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland. “This song is about the loss of those voices, and the fading away of a kind of music that was real, powerful and driven by raw emotion,” the singer-guitarist Brian Forth says.
Musically, the song is clearly a product of the grunge era, though there are also traces of everyone from Bryan Adams and early 1990s Axl Rose to the stadium rock of German pop-metal mainstays The Scorpions, with the latter influence coming through loud and clear in guitar virtuoso Tim Norrgrann’s fretburning solo. Armed with these classic influences and more, Forth deliver a style they refer to as newstalgia — a sound grounded in our shared desire to look to the past and resurrect trends from bygone eras.
1993 was recorded, mixed and produced by Forth and Valtteri Kallio at Soundwell Studio and mastered by Janne Hakanen. The video was created by director Lassi Hurskainen, whose captivating short captures the aspiring band performing the song in-studio, with some intertwined flashbacks of the lead singer’s childhood — when he was given his first guitar by his girlfriend. “That guitar was the gateway to a lifelong affair with music for the singer,” reminisces Forth. “The memories come flooding back.”