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Fort Lean – “New Hobbies”

Fort Lean are a Brooklyn indie band who kick out hooks with the vigor and focus of an old-school power-pop wrecking crew, and they’ll finally release their long-awaited full-length debut Quiet Day later this spring. We’ve heard “Cut To The Chase,” “I Don’t Mind,” and the title track. And now they’ve shared a brief burst… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 28, 2015 - 11:12 am

Fort Lean – “Quiet Day” (Stereogum Premiere)

Though they’ve been putting out music since 2011, Brooklyn’s Fort Lean are only now releasing their debut album. Quiet Day will be out 6/2, and today we’re premiering the title track, which follows up their other new singles “I Don’t Mind” and “Cut To The Chase.” The title track rolls along with the force of… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 11, 2015 - 10:24 am

Fort Lean – “Travellin” (Jeremy Spencer Band Cover)

Brooklyn rockers Fort Lean have shared a cover of Jeremy Spencer Band’s “Travellin'” as a teaser for their long-gestating debut album, Quiet Day. “Jeremy Spencer was a guitar player in the initial incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, mostly known for abruptly disappearing while they were on tour in LA and joining a religious cult,” guitarist Zach… More »

By: James Rettig / February 22, 2015 - 2:40 pm

Fort Lean – “I Don’t Mind”

If Fort Lean feel like they’ve been around for a while, it’s because they kind of have been: The Brooklyn band has been putting out singles since way back in 2011, but they haven’t gotten around to releasing a debut album until this year. We announced that the album was on the way last fall… More »

By: James Rettig / January 14, 2015 - 6:17 pm

Fort Lean – “Cut To The Chase” (Stereogum Premiere)

Fort Lean caught our attention at the beginning of this decade with singles like “Perfect” and “Beach Holiday,” but it’s only recently that they’ve finished their debut album, Quiet Day. Letting the buzz cool might be deadly for some bands, but for the Brooklyn quintet and their sweeping rock songs, it feels like a blessing. More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 15, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Fort Lean – “The Mall”

Brooklyn’s Fort Lean will release their new Change Your Name EP (produced by Patrick Wimberly of Chairlift) next week, and they’re ramping up for its release by dropping a new song on us. “The Mall” is razor-sharp, upbeat guitar pop with a candy-sweet melody and handclap percussion. It’s a total joy, and the perfect way… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 9, 2012 - 5:46 pm

Fort Lean – “Sunsick” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Here’s the mirage-like video for Brooklyn rockers Fort Lean’s “Sunsick,” a clip that finds lead singer Keenan Mitchell wandering through an eerie Williamsburg, finding solace in the beach. Ethan Berger directs. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / September 12, 2012 - 12:46 pm

The 25 Bands We’re Most Excited To See At SXSW 2012

Hey, everybody, it’s that time again! South By Southwest 2012. Are you ready? How’s your hashtag game? Can you feel the early-onset FOMO? As the Austin institution grows larger and larger, with more and more high-level acts (ahem) interjecting themselves into the fray, there’s still plenty of room for the groups that are just starting… More »

By: Stereogum / March 9, 2012 - 11:24 am

Fort Lean – “Sunsick”

The Brooklyn indie crew have a way with a clean power-pop melody that few can match, and their self-titled EP, still up for free download, is an absolute monster. The band has a new 7″ single on the way, and below, we’ve got their charged-up new song “Sunsick.”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 6, 2012 - 1:49 pm

Fort Lean – “Beach Holiday” Video

In the video for the sticky, fired-up anthem “Beach Holiday,” Keenan Mitchell, frontman for the classic-rock-inflected Brooklyn indie band Fort Lean, works goes to work behind the counter of a Brooklyn deli and wishes he was hanging out with girls in daisy dukes instead. This is a feeling you may have felt before. Mitchell and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 28, 2011 - 3:58 pm

Quit Your Day Job: Fort Lean

Though we’ve known about beachy indie rockers Fort Lean for a little while, the group made a major splash at CMJ thanks to glowing praise from outlets like The New York Times. Before that, though, I saw somebody I followed on Twitter thank Fort Lean’s Zach Fried for his help in finding an apartment i… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 1, 2011 - 2:52 pm

Fort Lean – “Perfect” Video

NYC-based quintet Fort Lean met in college, playing music together in various combinations until this year, when they became the band whose video is embedded below. Their rhythm section is plugged into a broader music dialogue: drummer Sam Ubl is a music critic, bassist Jake Aron is a producer/engineer who has worked alongside Chris Taylor… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 10, 2011 - 3:26 pm