A big pop hook moment from one of my favorite Brooklyn bands. Looking forward to this album!
The gentleman, Fort Lean are prepping the release of their second EP entitled “Change Your Name”. They have enlisted Patrick from Chairlift to help produce. The 4 track release has that feel good retro-alt vibes that Fort Lean is bringing back with gusto while dressing it up with some tasteful modern production touches. Listen to the closing track, “All the Lights” which is a ballad that escalates into full on epic.
Download: Fort Lean – All the Lights
The Fort Lean bros enlist Twin Shadow to take their sun-tinged single “Sunsick” to a new place. Twin Shadow transformers “Sunsick” into a mutated balearic disco tune that is surely could be a soundtrack to your summer BBQ’s. Just make sure to stay hydrated so you don’t get – sunsick, get it?!
Download: Fort Lean – Sunsick (Twin Shadow Remix)
Fort Lean is back. This time with a bombastic track entitled “Sunsick”. Fort Lean is quickly climbing the rock and or roll ladder and with a driving rock tune like this, they are surely proving that they can play with the big boys. If you get a chance to catch Fort Lean you will definitely be impressed by how great “Sunsick” is live because of the super tight drums and bass that propel this epic pop tune forward.
I will come out with it now and say that Fort Lean is my favorite band of the year. I listen to their free 4-track EP at least once a day and sing-along to every tune, especially “High Definition”. They are well on their way to becoming a household name with all the buzz and success that has come to them in just the past 6 months. Once again I will say that I had the honor of sharing the bill with them twice this year with Emil & Friends and that they always destroy it live. Check out this interview with Keenan from Fort Lean in Interview Magazine and be on the lookout for their next single, “Sunsick” out on Neon Gold in February 2012.
The Fort Lean boys show that they are quite LOLzy by submitting their Top 10 Cars of All Time list instead of the traditional Top 10 Tracks of 2011. Be sure to read their Asian Dan Q&A that they answered a few months ago.
Fort Lean’s Top 10 Cars of All Time:
1. geo tracker – a classic in every sense
2. suzuki x-90 – so compact, so sleek
3. chevy el camino – in case you need to move anything
4. plymouth prowler – the virtual boy of cars
5. pontiac aztec – angular, aggressive
6. chrysler pt cruiser – mini-hearse
7. mazda miata – 90s mid-life crisis embodied
8. vw beetle (2000) – comes with built-in flower holder
9. vw rabbit pickup – is it a station wagon? is it a pickup?
10. mazda mpv – is it a van? is it a station wagon?
I will be honest and say that Fort Lean is my favorite band of 2011 and all they have released was a free 4 track EP. I have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with them twice this year while playing with Emil & Friends and they always impress me. I always end up singing along to their songs in the crowd. Their latest video for “Beach Holiday” shows what a LOLzy band they are. Pure fun tunes. Looking forward to their future releases and more sing alongs.
Fort Lean are one of the very few bands that are amazing songwriters, musicians, performers and all around good people. We, Emil & Friends had the pleasure of sharing a bill with them a few weeks ago and I must say they put on quite a rock show. I hope to play with them in the near future. Till then I suggest to you all to try to catch them live sometime during CMJ. Here is a music video directed by a “Friend” that lays down the beats for Emil who is coincidently a fantastic director, Alex Russek. Enjoy!
When I listen to Fort lean I imagine it is a hazy summer afternoon and that their music is that refreshing summer breeze carries you into a lovely summers evening. There is something refreshing in the familiarity and vibe of Fort Lean and the the way they execute their music to-the-point Pop Rock.
“Dreams (Never Come True)” is my favorite cut off their 4 song EP that they are giving away on their Bandcamp. There is a touch of Roy Orbison thrown in with some 60s Pop vibes, but in the end just dig it y’all.
Asian Dan Q&A : Fort Lean
1. Who is Fort Lean? How and why did the five of you come together to form the band?
Fort Lean is Keenan Mitchell on vocals and guitar, Jake Aron on bass, Sam Ubl on drums, Will Runge on synths, and Zach Fried on guitar. We all met at college and have played together on and off for the last few years. We were all at a point at the beginning of 2011 where our other commitments had come to an end, and we’d all been meaning to get something going together. The timing worked out so we jumped on it.
2. As I browsed the official Fort Lean tumblr fortlean.com, I noticed a theme of “NYC Bum’s Living the Dream aka sleeping on the warm asphalt of the city”. Is this a metaphor for Fort Lean itself? A true meaning of the “sounds of the streets”? Discuss.
That is a actually part of an ongoing series that Keenan is working on titled “Guys Chillin.” . We are working with Gagosian Gallery on an exhibition of selected work in late fall 2011.
3. “The weather’s perfect all the time.” dominates the header of the Fort Lean website. What is this perfect weather you speak of?
At Fort Lean, which is a place you can go, the weather is perfect all the time. Hot but not too sticky, and you can sleep in the park comfortably without getting hassled by the cops. Fort Lean is about getting too drunk at your own picnic. Fort Lean is about leaving the city. Fort Lean is a place where you can still see the skyline but you can’t hear any cars and you can put all your stolen wine in the stream to keep it cool and when the fire dies out you can see some stars and not too many airplanes.