What’s special about a band like Fortnight is how little they’re trying to be special. In a world where musicians transparently calculate their sound, songs, and appearance to target some niche (and not that there’s anything wrong with that, in fact it’s helpful), Fortnight just sounds like a bunch of regular folks who decided to write some songs, but it never occurred to them to have a genre more specific than “have lyrics, melodies, chords, verses and choruses.” They sound about as earnest and guileless as it gets, and the songs have got some hooks. The song that opens this demo in a live-recording form, “Making Asses Of Ourselves,” may as well be musically their mission statement:
Tell me you’re not shouting-along “We got the bomb we got the bomb” in your head now. And check that little “Rockin’ Robin”-quoting instrumental bit.
Apart from the introductions to the two live tracks, I have no song titles to go on, there was nothing written on the disc or the sleeve except their MySpace URL. Download it if you promise to listen:fortnight-demo2010.zip
Fortnight appears at Stir Live And Loud at Harrah’s Casino in Council Bluffs this Saturday night (May 15) at 9:30 pm.
UPDATE: fixed the song player and the download link; thought I had done that once already…