What Kinda Records is proud to present this first full-length release from Boston power-popsters Miss Fortune. Devoid of metallic belligerence, and not pretty enough to be a slick boy-band, they carry the songwriters' torch, in hopes of providing subway-station buskers with something to sing in 10 years. With jangly guitars, a rock-solid rhythm section and soaring vocals, the band conveys their clever pop songcraft with authority on this radio-friendly record. Fans of the Gin Blossoms, Counting Crows, Goo Goo Dolls, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, the Wallflowers, U2, R.E.M., Jellyfish, Crowded House, the Replacements, and even (we reluctantly acknowledge) Matchbox 20 will enjoy it. Others may be pleasantly surprised.
Guitarist Jay Barclay, the only Massachusetts native of the band, started playing at age nine. He wrote 9 of the 10 songs on the record, many before Ryan Link responded to the "band seeking singer" ad Barclay posted on a bulletin board in early 1999. Barclay is a heartfelt storyteller, and owns arguably Boston's most complete pop-rock record collection. By contrast, Link, the label founder and a former singing drummer from Seattle, brings a jack-of-all-trades musical experience to the young band, having dabbled in jazz and all things funky since the grungy early '90s. He holds a B.S. in Math and smokes a lot less pot now.
In his relatively new role of pop-star frontman, Link delivers Barclay's persuasive melodies with passion and soul, and has started to contribute his own pieces to the repertoire as his guitar skills improve. Drummer Chris Hobbick and bassist Jon Hindmarsh were fellow students who started playing with Barclay way back in 1997. The band met while studying at a certain music college in Boston that they are not getting paid to endorse.
In July, the band hired Q Division's rock scientist Mike Denneen (Aimee Mann, the Pixies, Fountains of Wayne, the Sheila Divine) to mix the 10 songs they had recorded earlier in the year at Zippah (with pop connoisseur Brian Charles engineering and Barclay's longtime mentor, David Medeiros, as producer). It took a full year of insufficient funds, disgruntled personnel, and transportation-related calamities to get from the initial tracking sessions to the final product, but this fully independent release was well worth the wait.
The eminently capable Jon Bistline now handles live bass duties.