The Black Forest
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The Black Forest

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Founded by vocalist Deydra Baptiste, The Black Forest boasts a genre defying arsenal of songs.

Hitomi Kobayashi is the rhythm guitarist and Black Forest co-founder. With a careful listen you will hear latin-rhythmic undertones in many of her original riffs--always an unmistakeable, soothing, sway underneath her power chords and rock progressions.

The two met by chance when Deydra answered an ad on Craigslist to fill a room in Kobayashi’s current residence. Hitomi contends that she chose Deydra to fill the spot based on their common musical background. While Deydra says she had no idea of Hitomi’s musical skills until well after move in day.

The result of their inevitable, partnership is an album’s worth of tunes you are likely to be singing in the shower days after you have heard them for the first time.

After a few months of writing and successful acoustic, open mic performances as Yuumei, the duo swept the Honeyjam showcase in August 2008 winning top prizes and a raging audience approval. The girls were inspired to keep with their goal of finding more members to complete their live act.

James Everett answered Hitomi and Deydra’s open call for a drummer. At their second jam session, James quickly stepped up and offered his friend Devin to fill the bassist role and Black Forest was complete.

Devin Hornby holds down his part of the rhythm section with inventive bass lines—adding his flavour to parts originally written by Hitomi. Involved in the local music scene with various touring/recording acts, Devin is an experienced performer.

The new members admit the challenge of genre jumping between tunes is one of the most exciting aspects of this project. And bassist Hornby, has accurately dubbed the BF sound as ‘experimental pop’: classic composition with a lyrical and instrumental playfulness that always keeps the listener glued.

“There isn’t anything abstract about we do. Our songs have catchy melodies and universal content, always with a pop sensibility” explains Deydra.

You can rest-assured that The Black Forest project will never apologize for being pop driven in a world dominated by hipster electronic acts and the cash-cow rap scene.

“The thing that sets us apart from other contemporary pop bands is our ability to think outside the box in a way that entertains every listener. You’ll hear: a little splash of latin flavour, some reggae, some good old fashioned rock and roll, funk, nu-wave, some nu-metal bridges with brit-pop drum lines…it doesn’t matter what you like. Its all here. ”

This band is serious about delivering the world on a platter to anyone who chooses to take a listen. And if music is the universal language, The Black Forest is definitely fluent.