Indie rock band Sakara’s debut album Forgetting What Was is a rather aptly titled first effort for the Springfield, MA based band. That’s because putting on this record is like opening up a musical time capsule. It will *ahem* remind audiences of the mainstream music scene during the late 90s and early 2000s. The album’s ten tracks will instantly leave listeners to conjure thoughts of Chevelle, Project 86, and Taproot. That is just part of what makes this album worth the listen. Just as worth noting on this record is the album’s lyrical side. The songs’ sometimes cryptic lyrics will lead to plenty of discussion among listeners. The album’s production values round out the album’s positives, making it a wholly enjoyable record for anyone that is a fan of what was one of rock’s most pivotal moments.
The ten songs that make up Forgetting What Was are a musical time capsule of sorts broken open. Right from the album’s outset, audiences will be reminded of bands the likes of Chevelle, Taproot, and Chevelle among others. That sound populates the remainder of the album’s songs right to the very end of the album’s closer, ‘Simulation Theory.’ Many might hear this and instantly ask why it is important in the overall picture of the album. It is important because of the fact that so much of the rock world is dominated right now by indecipherable cookie monster vocals and crunching, down-tuned guitars. This applies both in the mainstream world and the underground rock scene. Given, there are bands whose albums actually boast real vocals and guitars, and whose drummers don’t rely on blast beats. But they seem to be few and far between. Add in the musical trip back in time to one of the industry’s most pivotal moments, and Forgetting What Was becomes an even more welcome reminder of what once was.
The musical side of Forgetting What Was is key to the album’s success. It takes the proverbial road less traveled thanks to its obvious musical influences from the late 90s and early 2000s. The album’s lyrical side is just as important as that of its music. The album’s lyrics are certain to create discussion among the band’s audiences. That is because the songs’ lyrics are at times somewhat cryptic to say the least. ‘Jonah,’ the album’s opener, is proof of this. The song was allegedly influenced by the biblical story of Jonah and the Whale, according to front man Dan Obrien. And no, that doesn’t mean that Sakara is a “Christian rock band” either. He sings in this song, “Burning candles in a churning sea/Waiting to be spit out like a missile from the war machine/There’s a drain at the center of the ocean/All I need is to pull the plug and see/Water will flow into the wells of the Earth/And leave floating visions from you to me.” It’s rather easy to see how this song could be misinterpreted. But the resultant discussions on lyrical significance actually serve to make the album even more worth the listen. Having the knowledge that a song such as this would be influenced from a biblical story would eventually lead to the discussion of how such an influence would come about. From there, discussions on each of the album’s remaining works will rise. And those resultant discussions will go to prove yet again the value of Forgetting What Was.
The music and lyrics that make up the ten tracks on Sakara’s debut album add quite a bit of depth to the record. By themselves, they make Forgetting What Was a fully successful debut for the members of Sakara. The album’s production values should not be ignored in the albums overall picture, either. Producer Johnny April deserves applause for his ability to balance each song, giving equal attention to each song’s music and vocal sections. And even the more minute nuances added into each song will be caught with a proper, thorough examination of each song. April’s ability to balance those parts with the songs’ primary sections rounds out the album. His sensibility and talent behind the boards along with the album’s writing and the talent of the band’s members together make Forgetting What Was quite the memorable record.
Sakara is currently touring in support of Forgetting What Was. The band will be in Rochester, New York alongside veteran rock band Skid Row. The band’s current tour schedule and all of the latest news from the band is all available online now at http://www.facebook.com/sakaramusic and http://www.sakaraband.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.