Forgive Durden / You, Me, and Everyone We Know / Anarbor

Wednesday / May 6, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States
Photo courtesy of David Kalani Larkins

Seattle-based rock/pop outfit Forgive Durden will take the stage in support of their 2008 release Razia's Shadow: A Musical.

Lead vocalist/guitarist Thomas Dutton founded Forgive Durden in 2003. Looking to become more serious with his songwriting, he soon found kindred musical spirits in schoolmate/bassist Jesse Bauer and drummer Andy Mannino. The trio debuted in September 2004 with an independently released seven-song EP When You're Alone, You're Not Alone. After the addition of second guitarist Thomas Hunter to the lineup, the quartet hopped on the road.

Forgive Durden ultimately caught the eye of Fueled by Ramen, inking a deal with the label by the end of 2005. The band's conceptual label debut Wonderland surfaced the following May—a social commentary on the world of capitalism, greed, and corruption metaphorically built around the fictitious Wonderland. Tour dates with the likes of Panic! at the Disco followed, and Forgive Durden joined the Warped Tour that same summer.

Dutton's bandmates eventually quit the band, leaving him as the sole member. Retaining the Forgive Durden moniker, Dutton enlisted help from his brother and set to work on a musical, taking influence from films like Moulin Rouge and The Newsies. The result was Razia's Shadow: A Musical, a 2008 release that featured cameos by Max Bemis (Say Anything), Chris Conley (Saves the Day), Greta Salpeter (the Hush Sound), and Aaron Weiss (mewithoutYou).