Forever Young is refreshing yet will tickle your nostalgic senses. Throughout these ten tracks you'll find the common theme of either straight edge or animal rights issues while deliberately playing on their hometown of Umea's heritage. Don't expect any apologies or beating around the bush, this is a band that has decided to stand for something.
When did you last hear about a vegan straight edge band from Umeå? Not on this side of every Umeå band trying to sound like they were from Denmark, as somebody cleverly put it. Considering this, Forever Young both feels refreshing and tickles my most nostalgic senses. The band also very much deliberately plays on their city’s heritage, as well as their rather unique current status: “Watch your back when you cross bridge, never trust these straight edge kids, just leave your trends on the other side and bring along your hardcore pride, Umeå -94, here to bring it back”.
There are nine tracks and an intro on the record, and more or less every single one of them deals with either straight edge or animal rights issues. Don’t expect any apologies or beating around the bush, this is a band that has decided to stand for something, for better or for worse. In my case, it’s not surprisingly for the better, and I get super excited by songs like “The X on my hand” (which was picked by the guys behind “Edge The Movie” and is featured in the film) and “No time for sellouts”. That should be enough to get the attention of a lot of kids out there.
I hope that Forever Young will be able to hit Europe in 2010, and if they do, just “X up and step up”. It’s a pretty simple concept, and it always works.
Review from: Law & Order fanzine
2. Kids on the run
3. No time for sell-outs
4. The X on my hand
5. The guarantee
6. Looking back
7. Over our heads
8. No excuses / Take a stand
9. Youth crew attack
10. Open them all