March Forth performs music that mixes influences from classic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith, and incorporate it into the alternative/garage rock sound of The White Stripes and The Black Keys to create a sound that adds a breath of fresh air to today's rock music by bringing it back to its roots; yet still sounding relevant. March Forth consists of Anthony D'Elia (Vocals), Eddie C. Lanes (Lead Guitar), Moiez Ismail (Bass), and Matthias Balaban (Drums).
The band's astounding drums, bass grooves, guitar riffs, and solo's, come together with powerful vocals and catchy melodies to create an energetic live show that will have you singing along and jumping up onto your feet!
Previously the band has performed all around Toronto and the GTA for various festivals, fairs, and concerts such as Canadian Music Week 2011, the UNITY Festival at Yonge-Dundas Square, Markham Fair, OCAD University's Orientation Week, York University, University of Toronto, The MOD Club, Lee's Palace, and recently became winners of the 2012 Maplefest Battle of the Bands.
Anthony D'Elia - Vocalist
Eddie C. Lanes - Lead Guitar, Background Vocals
Moiez Ismail - Bassist
Matthias Balaban - Drummer
The Revival EP:
1. Lady for the Night
2. Careful What You're Wishing For
3. Back Seat Bingo
4. Shades of Grey in F#m
"Do You Know Jack About Canada?" Roadrunner Records Blog
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There’s a band that’s been on my radar for a blog for some time called March Forth from the Toronto ...There’s a band that’s been on my radar for a blog for some time called March Forth from the Toronto area. They have a bit of a garage rock/punk type deal going on that I dig. The one thing that I have always liked about this particular style of music is the harkening back to the classic '70s sound with the grunge sensibilities of the '90s. It a good mix that March Forth does very well.
T.O. Snob's Music reviews March Forth
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The band have a classic rock influence that comes through on their post-punk base. The result are so...The band have a classic rock influence that comes through on their post-punk base. The result are songs with dynamic swings and great, deep grooves.
Grayowl Point reviews “The Revival” EP
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The boys behind March Forth have grown a ton in six months. The band is still relatively young—a fac...The boys behind March Forth have grown a ton in six months. The band is still relatively young—a fact I smiled upon fondly when I reviewed their self-titled debut in April—but over the past few months a lot has gone on behind the scenes. The quintet has become a quartet. The group has reevaluated its sound and let hip-hop take the back seat. And it seems these decisions were, for the most part, good ones—The Revival is a stronger record than its predecessor in terms of songwriting, musicianship, and production quality.
The band I previously compared to Linkin Park and N.E.R.D., I would now be more inclined to slot next to vintage Jet or Franz Ferdinand. Eddie C. Lane’s frantic guitar work—particularly on the EP opener, Lady for the Night—is reminiscent of the pop-rock of the early 2000’s; Anthonie D’Elia’s increasingly confident yelp fits that bill to a T. While most of March Forth’s earlier lyrics centered around heartbreak, tracks like the vintage sounding Backseat Bingo are more occupied with the rockstar celebration. Verses like, “So I man up, stand up, walk to her, say ‘girl, how’d you like your eggs,’/ What I meant to say was lady, wanna spread your legs?” blur the line between cheese and bravado—which what rock and roll is all about, really.
The album isn’t perfect. Sure March Forth are a tighter band, but a large part of their initial charm was their novelty—their music was rose-tinted with ambition. Now that the boys’ genre switch has landed them on a more populated path, they’re going to have to do a lot more to stand out. Whether that involves resurrecting past influences, or pushing even further forward, we’ll see, but if there’s one thing to be sure about, it’s that March Forth are dexterous. Given their speed and adaptability, I have no doubt that that horizon isn’t so far off. Once more, I look forward to hearing what they do next.
Music Review Database reviews "The Revival" EP
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I've often been accused of being extremely cynical when reviewing major artists. Negativity is a maj...I've often been accused of being extremely cynical when reviewing major artists. Negativity is a major aspect of my life, and it's one I participate in on a day to day basis. Moaning and complaining are every five minutes means I have a rather annoyed girlfriend. And as Johnny Rotten quite bluntly put it, "Anger is an energy." There's a major difference between critiquing newly formed adventurous bands and well established bands. We're talking about constructive criticism... Apposed to my typical destructive cynicism.
Today we're looking at March Forth, a laddish band with serious characteristics. Formed in Ontario Canada, they cite Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine and Pearl Jam as influences. The first thing I noticed when listening to this EP, was the hilarity of the lyrics. Not many bands introduce humour into their music, whilst keeping the seriousness behind it. They have a Facebook page, Last.fm, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Twitter, MySpace, Reverbnation, Tumblr, YouTube account and a promotion website. That’s pretty good going for a band with one other EP under their belt. They've taken the previous 'rap-rock' out of the format and focused on sounding retro, whilst keeping all the popular mod cons. 'Lady For The Night' opens with a rhythm guitar riff and the electric guitar soars on top of that. The bass needs to be tweaked and pumped up just a little to fill the void space. Singer Anthony D'Elia sounds marvelous live, but on this EP and especially this track, the vocal comes across thin and ultimately weak. The drumming could also be tweaked, but with funds being (what I presume) slim, recording and production are always going to be a problem. I'm sure if Steve Albini was in the studio, this would sound 10x better, without a doubt. I'm not knocking their skill level; it’s the recording that sounds standard. The final verse to this song features the most outrageous and hilarious lyrics on the EP, "Quarter past two, it's getting late, gotta make a move right now. I know what I got to do, I just don't know how. " Here we have Anthony questioning his confidence, but we know what’s coming... "So I man up, stand up, walk to her, say 'girl, how you like your eggs?'. What I meant to say was, 'lady, wanna spread your legs?'." Cue the awkward smile by Moiez.
'Backseat Bingo' is a major structural improvement over Lady For The Night. The bass is at perfect volume and sounds great, as does the drumming which is 50's/60's Chuck Berry-esque. Vocals have been taken care of, with screeches and random segments of 'ohhhhhhh' during the Led Zeppelin breakdown. I have to give it to them; they manage to sound modern even with the instrumentation sounding aged and common. Eddie C. Lanes is the man behind guitar, and what a fantastic job he's done on this track. 'Careful What You're Wishing For' isn’t as strong as the previous few. Lyrically it's too stark, and musically it's far too empty. The drumming standout, as does the left sided guitar solo towards the end. Too many breaks and changes can clutter a track, and that’s what happens here. It's sounding messy, take out some of the harsh left sided guitar, and introduce smoother bass. The vocals don't cut it for me on this track. I'm not sure what's happened, but the verses are far too quiet and predictable, whilst the loud vocal at 2.15 needs throwing out.
This EP shows future resilience and commitment to a direction. The final track 'Shades of Grey in F#m' has lovely guitar work at the beginning and very aggressive guitar work towards the end. The bass is strong and sounds a little heavy; it clogs the sound a little too much and obscures the drumming. The drumming really does need to be recorded differently lads, it's far too soft and becomes minimalized by the bass in the final mix. Guitar work is sounding smooth in most places, sharp in others, but the left/right twinges work a treat.
Depending on the length of the set, March Forth plays a variety of original songs at every performance and will occasionally perform a cover song.
"Ain't Lookin' for Love"
"Careful What You're Wishing For"
"Lady for the Night"
"When She Goes"
There are no upcoming dates at this time.