When Bob Forrest uses the title Survival Songs for his latest album, there's not a single hint of irony to it. Having previously been in the legendary Los Angeles post-punk band, Thelonious Monster, and the more alternative The Bicycle Thief, Bob Forrest was the Los Angeles music scene, on top of his incredibly close relationship to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But in a moment of weakness, he succumbed to the horrors of heroin. After years of struggles, he finally kicked the habit and made a healthy full-circle by becoming a drug counselor. But the music still burned inside of him and nearly thirty years since starting his career, he's prepared to give us his new solo album. Stripping away any type of egotistical flourishes or rock showboating, Survival Songs is a solid singer-songwriter beauty that's as raw and intimate as sitting in the recording studio itself. Armed with just a guitar and his trademark scrowl, the lack of any superfluous sounds just makes this a bigger gut-punch of an album. This is an album about the complexities and realities of death, tragedy, love, celebration, terror, the past and present. In one word: emotions.