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Forever the Sickest Kids bring pop-punk to Cleveland

John Benson • Jul 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Even though Forever the Sickest Kids formed roughly five years ago, it didn’t take long for one of the pop-punk group members to get his comeuppance regarding the band’s moniker.

Want to go?

WHO: Forever the Sickest Kids opening for Good Charlotte

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. March 12

WHERE: House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

TICKETS: $26 to $29.50 at Ticketmaster outlets

INFO: 216-241-5555 in Cleveland or www.ticketmaster.com

Even though Forever the Sickest Kids formed roughly five years ago, it didn’t take long for one of the pop-punk group members to get his comeuppance regarding the band’s moniker.


“Yeah, I had swine flu on tour last year, it was very funny, very ironic,” said guitarist Marc Stewart, calling from outside of Ft. Worth, Texas. “I definitely heard a lot of jokes. Just like, ‘Hey dude, you’re actually sick, it came true.’”


Unlikely things coming true are nothing new to this rock act that seemingly overnight went from an obscure band of teenagers to a touring entity in support of its debut, “Underdog Alma Mater.” The band toured incessantly with the likes of All Time Low, Good Charlotte, Boys Like Girls, Third Eye Blind and 3OH!3. The quintet appeared on the 2008 Warped Tour and made its late night television debut on “Late Night with Conan O'Brien.”


When it came time for the group to release something new, the outfit decided to take a different route releasing three mini-LPs. The first of which, titled “The Weekend: Friday,” arrived in November 2009. However, something funny happened when Forever the Sickest Kids went back to record the follow-up mini-LP. The music sounded too good to waste on what amounted to an EP release. Fast-forward a year and the band’s highly anticipated self-titled sophomore effort is finally out. So much for the group’s grand plan.


“I don’t think it was a mistake,” Stewart said. “It’s just, things change. We kind of had that feeling when we wrote all of the new songs that this sounds really good. We finally drew the conclusion that we need to finish this album. It has the same skeletal bones, catchy choruses, real guitars, real instruments. ‘Keep on Bringing me Down’ is one of my favorites. That’s a pretty good rock song that goes back to our roots a little bit. Another track is ‘What Happened to Emotion? (Killing Me),’ which is all organic. There’s piano, guitar and no computerized sounds that we’re kind of known for. It’s like a power ballad, but slower and very emotional.”


Fans of the group can look forward to an evening of new and old tunes when the act returns to Cleveland for a March 12 show at the House of Blues. Speaking of a playful time, there appears to be a connection between Forever the Sickest Kids and the kid’s toy line Nerf. Over the past few years, a couple of the band’s songs have been used in commercials to sell everything from foam-based footballs to dart guns.


“I think our music is just happy go lucky, and we always want to bring a positive message,” Stewart said. “Plus, their buyers are 13-year-old boys, and as a band that’s perfect.”


Do the band members always wear their Bono-looking Nerf protective eyewear when shooting darts at each other?


“Always, you don’t want to shoot your eye out,” he said.


The Barenaked Ladies have macaroni and cheese thrown to them on stage, while Tom Jones was famously the recipient of women’s undergarments. Finally, have fans of Forever the Sickest Kids started shooting Nerf darts at them?


“Not yet, but it’s possible,” Stewart laughed. “It’s very possible.”

Video of Forever the Sickest Kids performing Whoa Oh (Me vs Everyone):

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