Forest Pooky’s music is one of a hard working man, of a perfectionist haunted by the fear of mediocrity. Some have compared him to Tom Gabel from Against Me!, Chuck Ragan, Frank Turner, Evan Dando from the Lemonheads or Glen Hansard. All these artists started playing in punk rock bands before taking the road with an acoustic guitar and traded distortion against the desire to hug wood and to perform in the simplest way, eliminating any artifice.
Forest, alias Gwenolé smallest of the UncommonMenFromMars' brotherhood, started out within The Pookies, a savage and rageful trio. An uncontrollable band that consumed itself and self destructed after one album. He then went on to form pop punk trio, Sons of Buddha with his brother Ed from UncommonMenFromMars and Pat ISP.
Always keen to expand his musical horizons, he became one of Opium du Peuples' ("Me first and the Gimme Gimmes like" with French standards) and was also guitarist and co-lead singer in Annita Babyface and the Tasty Poneys for three years. But solo performing, with only a guitar hanging suits him well. There's a lot a magical moments in Forest's repertoire. At the same time funny, weird, goofy ("I have been kidnapped by aliens, they cut my hair") but also touching and sensitive ("Lullabies" about the fear of the dark).
Although calm in relation to his electric projects, his style has not lost any passion or energy. The music Forest Pooky offers is not only to be heard, but to be lived.