Newcastle three-piece rock band, Fortunes Sons, return after quite a long hiatus so Lee Allcock caught up with the band to find out why they’re returning, to talk about their comeback gig, and to see what they make of the current North East music scene.
For those of our readers who don’t remember Fortunes Sons, how would you describe your sound? And has it changed since you were last together?
Ross: Our sound has improved a lot through maturity more than anything. We still have our own very unique sound which is a mixture of Journey, Van Haley, Boston to Def Leppard – all the bands we grew up listening to, really.
Stu: Massively so. And with Ross really finding his voice now we have got back together, it’s brought a brilliant new dynamic to how we play.
You’ve been away from the music scene for some time now, so what’s made you come back?
Ross: After a long time out we decided that music was always our greatest hobby. It was never a job to us – we just love playing.
Stu: I couldn’t agree more. Nearly 15 years of making music together and we needed to get it back, so we got in touch with Hans and got him straight in.
You’re playing your comeback gig at The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle on Saturday 11th August, so what can old fans and new expect from your set?
Hans: It’s coming together so nicely. We are bonding more each week and practises are so much fun.
Ross: We genuinely look forward to going to the studio each week – it’s always fun. We enjoy what we do. We’ve also got 3 new songs ready for the set and, of course, we’ll be playing some of our old ones which people will remember, with the biggest being ‘Take Me Away’.
How did you actually get back together? And were you discussing getting back together for a while?
Stu: It was a conversation over the phone with Ross that made me go and find Hans.
Ross: Yeah, I told him we needed to get back on the road and he had two weeks to find us a drummer – we did it in three days! It was great. We had wanted to get back together for a couple of years but never pulled it out, so we really ran hard with it this time.
If you’ve been following the live music scene in the North East, what do you make of the current scene compared to when you were last playing with Fortunes Sons?
Ross: The current scene is great and the best part is that there’s a lot of genuine support out there; people want to see people do what they love and want to help them do it. I think the biggest change for us was realising a lot of the bands we knew aren’t playing anymore which is a shame.
And finally, what else do you have coming up in 2018 that your fans can get excited about?
Ross: We have a lot of plans, some of which we can’t say yet – sorry. There will be an Academy gig in the New Year to follow with our new album release and then we’ll be heavy gigging in 2019. We hope to see a lot of new people and make a lot of new friends on the road!
Fortunes Sons play their comeback gig at The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle on Saturday 11th August. Tickets, priced at £5.00 in advance, are available from musicglue.com.