Jace Krause and Jake Rohr had just gone through a band breakup and wanted to change the way they made music. They wanted to eschew polished studio sounds and capture the rough edges and untethered sound of a garage demo.
The men set up shop in Krause's garage with just a few mics, a laptop, and some songs. They invited friend Ryan Lynch to contribute his ideas, and with his help, their breezy folk rock songs got pushed into a loose, experimental sonic landscape.
It was a refreshing departure from Seattle's "guy with a guitar" music scene. More songs followed, and the resulting 10 tracks became Fort Union's debut self-titled album.
released 31 July 2012
Created by Jace Krause, Jake Rohr, and Ryan Lynch. Extra help from from Chad Clibborn, Ian Shuler, Adam Palagi, the Fort Union Choir (Holly Campbell, Matt Coughlin, Jake Hemming, Phil O’Sullivan, Kevin Sur, Hannah Williams, Daniel Williams, and Luke Williams). Recorded at The Confluence in beautiful Ballard, Wash. Additional parts recorded at Columbia City Theater and the Overs in Portland, Ore. Mixed by Gary Mula at the Bani-Love. Mastered by Chris Hanzek. Printed on blue-sky 12" LP by Pirate Press.