The Ones You Forgot
Having toured with the likes of Sleeping With Sirens, We The Kings, Boys Like Girls, New Jersey’s The Ones You Forgot have been consistently killing it with the summery vibes of their pop punk tracks. We chat to them about their recent single ‘Something For Me’, their first memories of music and more.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Photos: Bill Cardella
Tell us a little about yourself. Where the name came from, how long you’ve been going for and anything else new fans would want to know.
Hello! We are a pop rock band from New Jersey called The Ones You Forgot! We have been playing together for about 6 years now and wow, just writing that sure is a reminder of how fast time flies. When we named the band, it was actually super simple. Our lead singer Jenna came up with a big list of words and phrases she liked, and TOYF was the one we all agreed we liked. Some of the names were super cheesy so we’re forever thankful that we settled on what we did, haha!
What is your very first memory of music?
Jenna: Hearing ‘No Such Thing’ by John Mayer on the radio in my moms mini van. Sang my heart out to it then, just as I do now!
Ferd: My first memory of music is when I first watched the ‘In Too Deep’ music video waking up before school and thinking it was sick.
Matt: My first memory of music is discovering music videos on MTV and thinking how cool they were. Specifically ‘Helena’ and ‘Sugar We’re Going Down’!
Lance: My first memory is listening to Social Distortion while skateboarding as a kid.
Justin: My first memory of music is ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen while driving in the car with my dad.
“The single [“Here Forever”] is a down to the earth hook driven tune with sweeping refrains, glowing melodies and a relatable set of lyrics.”
Who’s on your wishlist of artists that you’d love to collaborate with and/or open for on tour?
There are so many answers we can give here! We were all Warped Tour junkies throughout the 2010’s, so we’d definitely love to work with a lot of the artists that found their way onto those lineups.
Speaking of live shows, what’s your favourite story from a show so far?
Probably when we played in a gigantic pyramid in the middle of the woods.
You recently released ‘Something For Me’ – congratulations! What were some of the most fun and also the most challenging aspects of recording the single?
Thank you so much! Recording the single was super smooth and really fun (as it always is at the studio). Working with our producer Rob is awesome and he makes the environment super chill. The part that was most challenging was the actual release. Because of the pandemic, we had to get creative with quite a few different things that are usually simple. We had to push back our original dates a couple times, but now that the song is here, it’s all good!
You’re pretty active on Twitch. How do you think it’s helped you stay connected with fans over the last few months?
Streaming on Twitch (twitch.tv/theonesyouforgot) has been great! The fact that we can interact with everyone directly and in real time is so cool. It has not only kept us connected with our fans and friends, but it also helped us make those connections even stronger. We have been wanting to use Twitch for a long time, so when the pandemic came around, we knew we had no reason not to start.
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world) pineapple on pizza?
Well considering we bring a pineapple up on stage with us, looks like we’d have to say the answer is yes!
Rising to the challenge, The Ones You Forgot have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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