Life I Know
***** ***** Three years ago Forrest Blackburn and his backing-band, The Gummie Bears, decided to take on the world of Rock and Roll. The journey has since been a long and tiresome foray through the endless Highways and infinite rock clubs across America. Though losing their original guitar player along the way, Forrest Blackburn is back with a new axe man and his exceptionally remarkable second album, 'The Life I Know.' Sounding tighter then they ever have before, Forrest Blackburn is perched on the brink of success within the world of indie rock. So, what the f***'s up!? Is Forrest Blackburn Orange County's best kept secret?? The world is about to find out... Written during the height of the War On Terrorism and recorded during our troop's decent on Baghdad, 'The Life I Know' is a passionate, loud, in your face, melodic rock anthem. The turgid blend of Tool, Incubus, Disturbed, Trapt, Chavelle, and Blink 182 rings loud to create what Blackburn refers to with a smile as 'the voices in my head'. Screaming guitars and walls of syncopated drum and bass patterns coupled with Forrest's raw melodic vocals and his ever-present energetic charm and raw sex appeal make this the best record yet. 'He has an amazing voice with this enormous sound,' stated Mastering Engineer Stephan Marsh (best known for his work with Incubus, Korn, Train, and Ozzy Ozborne) '...it's Arena-Rock and it's awesome!' Writing AND producing the record himself was a task that Forrest Blackburn felt right at home with. 'I've been in and out of studios my whole life so finally getting to do what I wanted to do with the kind of music that makes my world go 'round was an incredible experience.' Packed full of radio-ready hit singles, the title track 'The Life I Know' is a dramatic, inward fight for individuality while the energetic and much loved punk-rock hit 'Back To O.C.' takes you on a journey through the crazy reality of a day in the life of Orange County. With an amazing dynamic of songs, Forrest Blackburn does show his softer side with the final track 'Happy Birthday'. A true story, Blackburn re-creates a dark time in his life with the most moving acoustic ballad yet. 'I put it at the end of the record because it's the most pure and honest song I've ever written. The whole record is an examination of my life but Happy Birthday is definitely the most intimate -it's just me and my guitar.' Well known to national audiences, Forrest Blackburn is a promotional rocket. His marketability is of superstar magnitude and his music is a sure-fire hit. With artists such as this, there is simply no limit of what can be accomplished. ***** *****.