BIO

The Forest Effect is a Boston-based indie rock band, led by guitarist/vocalist Elliot Page and keyboardist Ben Kuris. Rooting their sound in tight song forms and alt rock-inspired riffs, the group weaves in postmodern inventions and serpentine turns. Tube amp-saturated guitars and Rhodes keys, earthy vocals layered with harmonies, and live-pocket drumming intersect with sampled bass, bladerunner synths and treated loops, resulting in an evocative interplay between light and dark sounds.

 

The Forest Effect brings to mind indie bands like The Dismemberment PlanSpoon and Lake Trout, while owing a nod to mainstays such as Wilco and The Black Crowes, with a shade of late 80s from The Cure or Jane’s Addiction.

The band's releases, Melody Left in Ruin (2019) and Photos on the Shelf (2017), highlight their studio prowess and arrangement skills, with most of the tracks self-recorded at their home studios. Produced by Page, the two EPs were mixed by Paul Q Kolderie (RadioheadThe PixiesPortugal. The Man) of Fort Apache fame.
 

While The Forest Effect is a newer venture for Page and Kuris, the two are veterans of the Northeast club and festival circuit. In the early 2000s, Kuris joined Page in Zyrah’s Orange, where they developed their unique sound on stage through frequent regional tours. Since 2013, Page has played the counterweight to Bob Logan in Boston indie favs Vic Firecracker.

BANDMATES / CONSPIRATORS

Led by Page and Kuris, a varied cast of characters from the different corners of the Boston and New England music scene help round out the studio productions and the live sound.

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ELLIOT PAGE

Vocals, Guitars

Lead vocals, guitars, production, lyrics, occasional synthy things, drum loops, loopy loops

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BEN KURIS

Keyboards

Keyboards, synths, piano, loops, programmed bass, and strings

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BEN THIBAULT

Backing Vocals, Bass

Backing Vox on everything. Bass on Telling Me Off and Hide. Long time "associate" and trouble-maker.

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MIKE PIEHL

Drums

Drums on: Out on the Mountainside, Darkening My Door, Mosaic Tiles, Telling Me Off, Spin So the Stars

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DAN GULLOTTI

Drums

Drums on: From the Otherside, Constellations on Display, Roses or Nails. Dan's been part of Forest circle forevah!

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JOE LAZARUS

Drums

Drums on: To A Heartbeat. (And hopefully more to come.)

EMILY DESMOND

Backing Vocals

Backing Vox on: Mosaic Tiles, To A Heartbeat, Telling Me Off, Out on the Mountainside, Constellations on Display

TIM WEINER

Bass

Bass on: Darkening My Door, To A Heartbeat, Spin So the Stars

COLBY DIX

Backing Vocals

Backing Vox on: To A Heartbeat, In the Wind

VIN GONZALEZ

SPD Bass, Drums

SPD Bass, Drums on: most of Photos; SPD on Otherside; SPD, e-drums on Roses or Nails.

JOHN DEMPSEY

Curmudgeon, Drums

Drums on: all of Photos on the Shelf

MORE HELP

Additional musicians

Backing vocalists: Dan Sitar, Megan Zuver, Nick McConnell, Priya Carlberg

Kevin Barry: lap steel on Mosaic Tiles
Kimon Kirk: upright bass on In the Wind
John McDonald: Keys, Synths on Spin So the Stars