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Back to the Woods

Story & Photos by Gordon Friedman

After nearly ten years, four studio albums, several national tours, and countless memories The Lonely Forest is done. The Anacortes, WA indie rock quartet admirably said goodbye to several thousand fans, some of them in tears, during their last ever performance on Saturday, August 30th at Bumbershoot festival in Seattle. Ending with their signature song “We Sing in Time,” the falsetto vocals of front man John Van Deusen belted fitting lyrics to close their emotive last set. In time the trees die and light will fade / But I hope for a new breath / A new life, to take me away. “This is the end of a really intense chapter in our lives,” Van Deusen said to the crowd. “Thank you.”

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Guitarist Tony Ruland looks pensive after The Lonely Forest’s last set. “Looking at the crowd and seeing people crying made me feel like crying,” Ruland says of the performance. “But, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Intense is the right word for it.”
A fan sings along with The Lonely Forest during their Bumbershoot performance.
A fan sings along with The Lonely Forest during their Bumbershoot performance.
The Lonely Forest performs at Bumbershoot festival in Seattle on August 30th, 2014.
The Lonely Forest performs at Bumbershoot festival in Seattle on August 30th, 2014.
Van Deusen screams during “We Sing In Time,” the last song of the show. The song comes off of the band’s second LP, “We Sing The Body Electric!” The Lonely Forest recorded four full length albums. Their first, “Regicide,” was produced by Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden). The band partnered with former Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla to produce the albums “Arrows” and “Adding Up the Wasted Hours.”
Van Deusen screams during “We Sing In Time,” the last song of the show. The song comes off of the band’s second LP, “We Sing The Body Electric!” The Lonely Forest recorded four full length albums. Their first, “Regicide,” was produced by Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden). The band partnered with former Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla to produce the albums “Arrows” and “Adding Up the Wasted Hours.”
Loyal fans crowded the Fountain Lawn Stage to hear The Lonely Forest’s last set. Bumbershoot takes place at the picturesque Seattle Center which is home to the Space Needle.
Loyal fans crowded the Fountain Lawn Stage to hear The Lonely Forest’s last set. Bumbershoot takes place at the picturesque Seattle Center which is home to the Space Needle.

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