Combining elements of early 2000s alt-rock and modern synth-based indie pop, The Forum brings a new energy to the indie music scene of central Florida.
In early 2016, founding members Michael Higgins, Jacob Farrell, and Nick Wheeler came together after discovering similar music tastes from one another’s Craigslist ads. The college students began meeting at their Gainesville apartments as they formed an initial sound that they completed with the release of their debut EP Rain/Shade in October 2016. The group continued to pursue an identity, playing around the college town with melodic guitar and dance rhythms as they worked toward writing new material for the new year. Their sophomore EP Illuminate was released in November of 2017, capping off a year of writing and looking toward a future of touring.