Chicago’s Indie-Rock Fort Frances plays Portland’s White Eagle Saloon tomorrow night. Touring in support of their new record “Alio,” the show is sure to be top notch, pleasing fans and enlarging their fan base.
Their second album has much to offer music lovers. It launches with strong opener “You Got the Wrong Man,” a pensive rocker with luscious hooks and ace drumming.
You’ll love “Take the Wheel” for similar reasons – this is a band with big league instincts for crafting appealing rock n’ roll tracks and tantalizing musical touches.
Have a listen:
Take the Wheel
About Fort Frances
The Chicago-based trio left their indie-rock roots three years ago to record their version of hip hop “Summertime.” It made lists of must-download summer songs but U.S. reception didn’t measure up to a surprisingly large fan base that had formed in Lithuania, of all places.
Says lead singer McMillin: “We started to get all these messages from fans in Eastern Europe about how much they loved the song. We really didn’t think that we were catching on somewhere halfway around the world.”
Fort Frances are: Jeffrey Piper, bass; David McMillin, lead vocals, guitar, and Aaron Kiser, drums.
At the invite of the US Embassy in Lithuania, Fort Frances later headlined the country’s popular Loftas Fest. “Our week in Lithuania was one of the most rewarding times of my life,” says McMillin. “I never would have expected the road could lead us to a stage in the former Eastern Bloc.”
Give a listen to rousing rocker “Days Get Heavy” – another track with massive mainstream radio potential. As the band belts its lyrics: “The days get heavy and the nights get thin / Do you know the trouble I’m in?”, you’ll find it hard not to love the Imagine Dragons-like vibe.
Another standout? A shout-out for plaintive track “Sigh of Relief” with its driving beat, rich sound and captivating hooks.
Sigh of Relief
Fans and merrymakers will also gravitate to the fun, easy vibe of “Anonymous.”
Their show at McMenamins White Eagle, located at 836 N. Russell Street, starts at 7:00 pm.