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 Plan, Spoon 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 (Radiohead, The Pixies, Portugal. 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, as well as in the studio. Since 2013, Page has played the counterweight to Bob Logan in resurrected 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.