The music of Loud Forest is an artistic, emotional approach to rock shot through with everything from alternative to folk to gospel to shoegaze. Add then tender lyricism and the clean fluidity of
modern pop production.
If Loud Forest’s music can be called pop, a four-letter word for artists after purity, it is only in its
likeability, its warmth, its tidy edges. Here is then pop imbued with love and artisanship.
The love pours in from founders and mainstays, Bernard and Rachel Chadwick, a husband-and-
wife duo. Theirs is an enviable creative relationship built around making more of themselves and the
world through their collaboration.
The art arrives from the band starting as an excuse to play gallery openings while Bernard was
earning his MFA at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. It was a way for rock to run into art
and art to run into rock, or, the exact purpose of their music.
Doused in indie credibility from years of self-releases, homemade microphones and hosting
shows in their experimental art space in Pasadena, it is easy to call up like souls in their influences
Arcade Fire, The Pixies, Sonic Youth and Spoon.
The band’s recent incorporation of pop sensibilities comes from a partnership with co-writer and
drummer, Steve Wilmot (OneRepublic), with support from their label, New York-based AntiFragile
In their writing, Bernard comes in direct and minimal, Rachel abstract and experimental. The
fusion of their individual sounds is then built out by a marauding group of likeminded family and friends
entering their space with voice and instrument to create the band’s often ruckus, danceable soundscapes.
The couple met in the cloud forests of Costa Rica as teens. Both were by chance visiting from
their native California. Bernard played Rachel a song, Rachel tuned Bernard's guitar and Bernard tried
the song again. Then came marriage, two daughters and always more music.
Loud Forest endures past pop’s usual events of finding the dream girl or losing that lover. As a
couple who caught their love young, Bernard and Rachel sing what they know: leaning into the life-giving
challenges of a union, the sometimes resulting cravings of independence and the thousands of points in a relationship where courage and fidelity are called upon again sweetly by two powerful voices.