Soothing harmonies and driving rhythms help you keep peace of mind as you head out into the unknown with “When I Don’t Come Back” by Forest Fire Gospel Choir. A song dedicated fully to the uplifting feeling of escape and leaving as you head on to newer and better things. The lively and enlightened vocal performance of “When I Don’t Come Back”. It is no wonder they went to Belmont in Nashville with this much talent. Their sound could be somewhat comparable to acts Kings of Leon. The instrumentation is familiar with guitars, bass, drums, organ, and a layered vocals. A high point for me was the guitar solo and the epic interesting rhythmic choices made by the rest of the band to start the solo off right. Will McGees vocal performance is also something else to be admired with his epic vocal lines that are powerful and melodic. This is for sure a group to keep your eyes on as they continue growing, part of me is surprised “When I Don’t Come Back” isn’t already a hit. Please see attached streaming and biography below to learn more about this incredibly talented group Forest Fire Gospel Choir!
Forest Fire Gospel Choir is a five-piece American rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee. The band met at Belmont University in Nashville where they began to blend soulful harmonies with gritty instrumentals. Bassist Will McGee reaches deep into his Memphis roots to deliver vocals and bass grooves that are reminiscent of the late 1960s. East Coast and West Coast meet in the South as guitarists Nick Fields and Sam Hunt trade solos for riffs while Daniel Closser brings an indie rock flavor to the drums. Will Lynde, keyboardist and vocal arranging guru, collaborates with McGee to co-write much of their catalog. Forest Fire Gospel Choir’s first EP (2015) fused southern rock with soulful pop that draws influence from the likes of The Allman Brothers Band, Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket, Joe Cocker, and Alabama Shakes. Dynamic grooves, hard guitars, and lush group vocals bring the heart of their songs to new levels.
Since putting the band together in 2015, FFGC has dug into recording and transformed their basement into a fully functioning recording studio. Chasing the horizons of rock and roll, they have expanded their sound to embrace their musical diversity; from psychedelia to punk, southern rock to sixties pop, singer songwriter to soul music, nothing is out of bounds. Layer by layer, FFGC breaks the mold of rock n’ roll to inject their old souls into a new sound.
As the band continues putting out singles, they have been touring throughout the south and gaining traction regionally. They have recorded in noted Nashville studios such as Welcome to 1979 and Oceanway, as well as performing in prominent music competitions like Lighting 100’s Road to Roo, Music City Mayhem, Nashville Sunday Night Live, and Belmont’s Showcase series. Forest Fire Gospel Choir just released their split single When I Don’t Come Back / Indigo Rose this month.