FORT UNION'S 2016 album, id (FEIIL Records), is a pysch-rock odyssey into a demented mind. The songs explore the idea of what happens when humans tap into their lizard brains--the most primal core of their mind. The things we think and desire, but never say or do.
What would happen if we acted on those urges?
Vocals, Guitar / Jace Krause
Guitar, Sounds / Ryan Lynch
Drums / Andy Morris
Bass Guitar / Chris Benson & Jake Rohr
FORT UNION is essentially the songwriting nom du guerre for Jace Krause, along with his friends. Krause moved to Portland in 2011 from Seattle, where he started the band. With a new city and some new musicians (Andy Morris and Chris Benson), they also found a new sound. Guitarist Ryan Lynch fired off seething riffs while Morris pounded deftly on the drums in semi-regular jams on rainy winter nights in southeast Portland. Krause eagerly turned the jams into little psyche pop gems.
Krause and Lynch had started a food cart together, and would spend the days working while listening to recordings of their rehearsals. They began to talk about Freud's concept of the id. What would society look like if everyone acted upon the urges of their id?
Krause took those ideas and set lyrics to those themes. The songs mostly came easy.
But the process of actually making the record was slow and frustrating, according to Krause and Morris.
"We would get traction going, and then something would happen. We'd lose the rehearsal space. I had a baby. Ryan had to step back to focus on his solo project. Our old bass player Jake Rohr moved back to Seattle right after we tracked the record."
With no bass player or guitarist, Krause and Morris were stalled. The recordings were shelved for about a year. Then Morris and Krause decided they needed to get it finished. In late 2015, they mixed and mastered id.
"We couldn't get away from it. It kept pulling us back. I had to get it finished. Andy helped me get things done, and contributed some mind-bending artwork for the cover. There's definitely a newfound excitement for the project."
FORT UNION first broke onto the scene in 2012 when they released their self-titled lo-fi atmospheric folk-rock record. Recorded in Krause's garage with just a laptop, a few mics, and a room full of friends and instruments, it explores themes of staking one's own claim, growing up, having kids, and realizing that we aren't going to be here forever.