FORA is comprised of three members who share the same passion for ministry, music, and the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Their backgrounds and diverse influences allow each member to bring a unique edge to modern worship music and entertainment. The name FORA means “meeting place” and fits perfectly into the bands mission to bring people together in Christ. “when I first saw the definition of FORA I was immediately reminded of jesus when he said ‘where two or three are gathered in my name, there am i among them.’ (matt 18:20)” said Steven Lemos, lead vocals and guitar. FORA has plenty in store for this year and the future as they work on writing, tour, and much more.
Bringing a new style and an ability to excite audiences, frontman Steven Lemos and guitar virtuoso Evan Hussar created the energetic powerhouse called “Fora”. The band was formed in the beginning of 2011 in Salinas, California. Soon after, the band recorded with producer Kyle Monroe (Hazel and Vine, Golden Youth) in the summer of 2011 and released their debut album, “The Gathering” on October 14th 2011, selling hundreds of CDs in two shows. With the addition of their bass player Nathan Miller and drummer Anthony Norwood, their new backgrounds and diverse influences allow each member to bring a unique edge to the Christian Alternative Rock scene, and barely scratching the surface of their musical abilities.
Interitum draws you in right away with an extended instrumental intro, assuring you that the ride you’re in for won’t be a typical one, and when it breaks into lyrics for the first time in “Let Them Say”, it further drives the point home with an encouraging message akin to Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle”, in that although you can’t always stop or shut out what other people say about you, you have the choice to not take it to heart. The theme is visited again in “Breakdown”, in which unconditional love is declared for another, no matter the problems one has faced in their life and that they’ve always been there for the other person – a perspective that can be interpreted in many ways: the love of a parent or other family member, a friend, or perhaps even a higher being. When the perspective is flipped and FORA expresses their own doubts and insecurities it’s just as compelling, such as in “Afterlife”, “Alive”, and “Comfortable” in which they voice their desires to escape from letting life pass them by, while also wondering how or why others still see value in and want to associate with them when they themselves know they’re not operating at full capacity or at their best, but luckily, imperfections and flaws never prevent love from coming through. As mentioned earlier, the subject of FORA and their personal walk with their faith is another topic touched upon in “To My Rescue”, “Mirrors”, and “Quiet Now” just to name a few, and the reason it doesn’t matter if you don’t have that in common with the band members is because they’re so honest about the difficulties and struggles that come along with it sometimes, whether it’s peer pressure or getting caught up with other things going on in your life that the focus on faith is sometimes lost. At the same time, they never make it sound like a downer but rather something real with highs and lows, giving those who share that with them reassurance that they’re not alone in the trials they face, while also giving those who don’t a deeper insight into a part of their life they might or might not discuss too much, or with as much detail and depth as is expressed throughout this album. –Musicmurmur.com