Rock music: A wide genre with a boatload of subgenres and even more bands who try to break the mold. From punkrock to metal, there are plenty of hairy men and tough rock chicks that have a weak spot for the type of music that’s driven by loud guitars and bangin’ drums. But unfortunately rock music is being pushed back in modern music. It was as a counter measure that Fort ’99 came to be.
The band, that places itself in the hardrock segment, gets its inspiration from different genres (progressive rock, punkrock, metal, blues and more), and has been compared to the likes of Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, Motörhead and Danko Jones. The current line-up has been since the start in 2014, after the members gained experience in different bands, amongst which are folk-rock band The Blackhill Bandits and pop-rock band Domination. After these formations broke up, they decided something different had to be done.
The goal? To give a new, fresh face to rock music and provide a counter to the lovey-dovey songs and dance beats. Hard, in-your-face and without bullshit. This has brought guitarists Jelle and Jeroen, bass player Pieter, drummer Bram and frontman Tristan some success already with gigs at the HBO-intro festival in Breda and open-air festival Popelucht in Etten-leur for example. If the band has a say, it won’t stop there: with the first single “Come On” fresh from release, Fort ’99 will take every opportunity to get on stage and put the cojones back in modern music.