The Forms (band)

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The Forms
Origin Queens, New York, USA
Genres Indie rock, Math Rock
Years active 2003–present
Labels Threespheres
Rebel Group/ADA
Members Alex Tween
Matt Walsh

The Forms are an American indie rock band from Queens, New York, whose style incorporates aspects of math rock, dream pop, and emo.[1] The band members include Alex Tween (vox, keyboards) and Matt Walsh (drums, sequencers).


The Forms released their debut album, Icarus, in 2003. The album was recorded with legendary producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, P. J. Harvey) at the helm.[1][2] They worked with Albini again on their latest (self-titled) album, which was released in October 2007.[3]

The Forms recorded a cover of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" for Engine Room Recordings' compilation album Guilt by Association Vol. 2, which was released in November 2008.[4]

The band has shared the stage with bands like The National, The Hold Steady, St. Vincent, Ok Go, Deerhunter, Minus the Bear, Ted Leo, and Nick Cave.


At the time of the debut release, reviews were generally very positive,[5] and critics compared the band favorably to early-emo rock group Sunny Day Real Estate.[1][6] Mac Randall of The New York Observer described the band as "aggro-artsy trio fond of awkward time signatures, sly rhythmic manipulation, curlicuing vocal lines, and giving one song two separate track numbers for no obvious reason... [T]hese guys make a virtue out of attention-deficit disorder."[6] PopMatters called the band "one of the most exciting, if not one of the best, new acts in indie rock right now."[7]





  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Terlesky, John (February 6, 2003). "Brooklyn-based Forms adds new content to emo-rock", The Morning Call, p. E14.
  2. Machosky, Michael (June 27, 2003). "Taking Forms", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved on 2009-07-05.
  3. Moerder, Adam (December 10, 2007). "The Forms: The Forms", Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 2009-07-05.
  4. Matthew Solarski (19 November 2008). "My Brightest Diamond, Frightened Rabbit Do Covers". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-06-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Proskocil, Niz (January 15, 2004). "Heavenly success for the Forms", Omaha World-Herald, p. GO10.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Randall, Mac (March 17, 2003). "My Two Cents on 50 Cent, Lovett, Massive Attack, Other 'Pokey' CD's", The New York Observer, p. 19.
  7. Jagernauth, Kevin (October 17, 2003). "The Forms: Icarus", PopMatters. Retrieved on 2009-07-05.

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