As I drove in a Saab convertible to Greenpoint [read hipster] to see Fort Lean at Coco66, I learned about how certain people who aren’t naturally blonde look when their hair is dyed. Even with this added preparation, I was intrigued to see a lead man sporting a bleach blonde perm and a seriously brown mustache.
That said, Fort Lean can rock.
They’ve got a cool vibe with an upbeat yet soft sound that harkens somewhere between Vampire Weekend and the Strokes. I noticed the driving beats (especially on the toms), strong backing on the synths, melodic guitar partnering and a voice that complements it all.
All in all, aside from the awkward pauses between songs, I enjoyed dancing to their music and would see them again.