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FORTITUDE VALLEY Reveal Video For New Single ‘Baby, I’m Afraid’

21st July 2021

Durham-based indie punks Fortitude Valley are pleased to reveal the video for their new single ‘Baby, I’m Afraid’ which is set for release on 9th July 2021 via Fika Recordings.

Watch and share here: https://youtu.be/AguuDCgWQtM

The track is the third single to be taken from their self-titled debut album set for release on 29th October2021 – preorders are live now: https://fikarecordings.bandcamp.com/album/fortitude-valley

Alongside the new single, the band are also pleased to announce appearances at End of The Road Festival2021 and Twisterella Festival 2021 (see below for listings).

Channelling Weezer’s Blue Album for this latest offering, the band tear through three minutes of scorching rock with crunchy riffs and indelible hooks, harnessing their vibrant slacker-pop to dissect a stalling relationship. 

Vocalist and songwriter Laura Kovic comments on the track: “This is a break up song.  It’s two people feeling that the vibe is off, but not communicating. It’s about feeling insecure, over analysing little things and assuming the worst rather than actually speaking to the other person.”

Previously-released singles ‘Wreck’ and ‘Cassini’ received praise from For The RabbitsGet In Her EarsNARC.MagazineSweeping The Nation, Distorted Sound and more.

Fortitude Valley is the new outlet for the songwriting talents of Durham-based Brisbanite Laura Kovic. Having spent the majority of her musical career playing keyboards in other people’s bands, bringing their songs to life with a melodic flourish, it was about time for Kovic to find an outlet for her songs: awkward power-pop that’s bound to appeal to fans of The BethsWeezer or The Weakerthans

She assembled quite the band, too, teaming up with Martha’s Daniel Ellis (lead guitar) and Nathan Stephens Griffin (drums), and Night Flowers’ Greg Ullyart on bass.

The quartet take their name from Brisbane suburb Fortitude Valley—or just “The Valley” if you’re from Brisbane—the heart of the city’s music scene, and also where Kovic first started playing in bands, before moving to the UK in 2010. “It was a place that objectively felt mythical, a suburb with a special meaning, looking back from the other side of the world and many years later,” she reflects. 

The band will be revealing further details of the album, live dates, and new music over the coming months.

Fortitude Valley’s debut self-titled album is released 29th October 2021

‘Fortitude Valley’ Live Dates:

02.09.21—05.09.21 – Dorset – End of The Road Festival
09.10.21 – Middlesbrough – Twisterella Festival

‘Baby, I’m Afraid’ artwork: