The Lonely Forest

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The Lonely Forest
OriginAnacortes, Washington, US
GenresRock, alternative rock, indie rock
Years active2005 – 2014
LabelsBurning Building Recordings (2009)

Trans (2010-2013)

Chop Shop (2013-2014)
MembersJohn Van Deusen
Eric Sturgeon
Braydn Krueger
Tony Ruland

The Lonely Forest is an American indie rock band from Anacortes, Washington with two EP’s and four studio albums.[1] In 2011 lead singer, John Van Deusen, was selected for Seattle Weekly’s best male vocalist award and the band appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[2][3] The group went on indefinite hiatus in 2014.


The Lonely Forest was formed in 2005 and won EMP's under-21 Sound Off! competition.[4] The band Lonely Forest released the album 'Arrows' in 2011 on ILG, Warner Music Group’s independent label.[citation needed]

The band played at Bonnaroo (2012), Sasquatch (2010, 2014), and Bumbershoot (2006, 2009, 2011, 2014). Their videos debuted on MTV,[5] and they received support from the Seattle radio station KEXP.[6] In August 2011 the song "We Sing in Time" was in the Number 1 spot for the People's Choice Countdown.[7]

Regicide is the band's debut EP and was self-released in September 2006. It was produced by Jack Endino.[8][9]

Nuclear Winter is the first full-length album by The Lonely Forest. It was released in August 2007 and produced by Sam Winston and the band.

We Sing The Body Electric! was released in April 2009 through Burning Building Recordings. For this album the band had abandoned the experimental rhetoric of their previous releases and fully embraced their knack for writing realized pop songs.[10]

The Lonely Forest is a self-titled EP, produced and engineered by Chris Walla.[11]

Arrows was released in March 2011.[12] The song “We Sing In Time” won NPR’s 2011 “Best New Artist” award.[13][14][15] The song “Woe is me… I Am Ruined” was appeared on The Vampire Diaries TV show.[1]

Adding Up the Wasted Hours is the band's fourth album. It was released on Trans/Chop Shop Records in October 2013.[16]

In May 2014, the band announced that they would be taking an indefinite hiatus.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Music from The Vampire Diaries Season 4, Episode 2 | "Memorial" Playlist". 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  2. ^ "THE LONELY FOREST Makes Television Debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! « News «". 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  3. ^ Tue., Jul 26 2011 at 12:00AM (2011-07-26). "Seattle News and Events | Best Vocalist, Male". Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  4. ^ "KEXP @ CMJ 2011, Day 2: The Lonely Forest". 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  5. ^ "The Lonely Forest MTV". MTV. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  6. ^ Loree, Jewel. "Pop Viz: What music matters most to KEXP?". Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  7. ^ "1077 People's Choice Countdown". 1077. 1077. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  8. ^ Brickner, Sara (2009-04-21). "Seattle News and Events | The Lonely Forest's Spine-Tingling Sing-Along". Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  9. ^ Jack Endino
  10. ^ "burning building recordings / seattle, washington /". 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  11. ^ "Lonely Forest, The - The Lonely Forest EP - Album Review". 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  12. ^ "Album Review: The Lonely Forest – Arrows". Consequence of Sound. 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  13. ^ "Discussion: The Year's Best Music (So Far) : All Songs Considered". NPR. 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  14. ^ Lonely, The (2011-06-30). "The Lonely Forest: A Catchy Call To Arms". NPR. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  15. ^ "Song of the Day: The Lonely Forest – Coyote". 2011-03-11. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  16. ^ "The Lonely Forest Releasing New Album". Glide Publishing LLC. 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2013-09-30.

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