Fortified” will be a new weekly column acting as the definitive round-up for all the crazy creatives that make up our Fortress.  As ever, Fortress artists were making waves at all corners of the globe this week.

Normanton Street

Normanton Street, following a string of blistering performances at Brighton Dome and then Hoxton Square Bar, released their brand new single ‘Take Time’ to much fan-fare.  The mellow track, written by the band and produced by Pinky and the Brain, almost sounds like a nonchalant jam session, except that nonchalant jam sessions never sound this good.  The soothing, soulful track can be heard below and is available as a free download.

Andrew St James

Another new release this week came from Andrew St James, whose slow-burning loosie ‘Millennial Malaise’ is also available to stream now on soundcloud after it premiered on My Old Kentucky Blog.  Its release came just after Andrew took part in San Diego Music Thing, an annual two-day music and media conference held across the city that featured performances from 150 upcoming and established artists.  Meanwhile, Mystery Skulls’ remix of Pompeya’s single ‘Real’ has also been gaining traction in the blogs.

The Orwells

The Orwells controversy-filled Converse Rubber Tracks tour came to an end in Vancouver on Friday night.  The series of free shows has been nothing short of eventful – highlights have included Mario’s leopard print tights which don’t leave much to the imagination, and a heckler getting karma served on a platter – as well as performances that have been described as “fun, yet mentally deranged.”

Photo by Michelle Siers.  See more here.

Ian Moore

Elsewhere Ian Moore and the Lossy Coils took part in a star-studded line up in The Lone Star State.  Following American FUSE, Ian Moore and company played fan favourites like ‘Muddy Jesus’ for the Dallas crowd before legends Cheap Trick finished off the evening.  Check out pictures of the incredible evening here and keep a look out for Ian Moore’s forthcoming tour dates for the new year on his website.

Wes Period

To round it off, it looks like resident flower-child Wes Period has decided to join the rest of us in 2015 by joining snapchat, although judging from the photo below it looks like he may have gotten a little nudge in that direction from fellow Californian and woman of the moment, Kehlani.  Rumours also that Wes was also spotted at Camp Flog Naw this weekend.  Add his username ‘wes_dot’ to keep up to date with his shenanigans as he continues to prepare for Late Bloomer.

@kehlani made me do it ?? add me on that snap beeeooooyyy !!! Its Wes_dot I think! ???

A photo posted by @wesperiod on

This week’s don’t miss:

  • Mystery Skulls live at the Resident in Los Angeles on Friday, 11th of December.
  • The Wild Things live at the Cavendish in Stockwell, London on Saturday, 21st of November.
  • Normanton Street live at The Plug in Sheffield on Saturday, 21st of November.