Fortune and Glory - Fortune and Glory
Record Label: Self-released
Release Date: July 2009
"Oh snap, it's Fortune and Glory!" chants a group of shouting people on the band's self-titled EP. Fortune and Glory are a five-piece hailing from Madison, Wisconsin. They're another group in the ever-expanding cannon of hardcore-influenced pop punk. The band recruited vocalist Brett Wise earlier this year and self-released their debut EP a couple months later.
How is it?
Fortune and Glory is a pretty good debut, but the band is likely to ultimately get lost in the shuffle. The songs are catchy, but Wise's singing becomes bland. His monotone delivery lacks the energy to match that of the upbeat music, crunchy guitars, and gang vocals. The five-track, thirteen-minute length is perfect; had it been much longer it would have grown stale. It's a fun little album that will surely gain the band a local following, but there are just too many bands that have been doing the same thing better and longer. But as the band sings in the album closer "Old Boyz": "We have come too far to just give this up." I hope they take the stick to their word, because with some more work they could be in the same league as the bands that they emulate.