WE DID IT. LOVE WINS! Pop the bubbles, dance in the streets, hug everyone!!!
With lyrics that warm you from the inside out and a soft R’n’B sound, Fortunes.‘ New single Daddies has us all wrapped up in love. It’s the perfect soundtrack to this morning.
Premiered on Inertia’s mixtape for marriage equality, Thirty Days Of Yes, vocalist Conor McCabe lays down sweet yet strong words on the YES vote, while producer Barnaby Matthews creates four minutes of R’n’B-infused electronica.
The Melbourne-based, New Zealand-born duo are getting nothing but positive feedback. With lyrics “I am devoted to you / Let’s get married / Ee can be daddies / I am devoted to you” it speaks to the hearts of everyone fighting for love.
We spoke to McCabe and Matthews a little before today’s amazing news of a resoundingly successful YES vote, when uncertainty still surrounded the outcome.
McCabe sums up his position in a less romanticised way than in Daddies: “What’s it even bloody to ya?”
Matthews laughs in agreement, “That about sums it up.”
“But seriously,” Matthews continues on in a more serious tone, “The no campaign has been all revolved around a ‘Think of the children’ and ‘What about the heterosexuals’ mentality when gay marriage doesn’t affect any of them.”
I wondered if the track has seen much backlash from the No Campaigners? “We haven’t copped that much hate,” Matthews answers, and McCabe chimes in “the only hate was for my jacket that I was wearing in the video.”
“We all just need to love each other” McCabe finishes.
And it seems love is all that they’re receiving, with a signed off on a Future Classic deal and an upcoming gig supporting the likes of Sampa The Great at Melbourne Music Week. It all goes down seven days after the same-sex marriage results go to air, and Fortunes. will be playing Daddies in a cathedral.
Matthews goes on to explain, “It’s ironic we’re playing at a church. I can say now, it will be a very sombre experience if the law doesn’t get passed.”
McCabe jumps in and lightens the mood of the call back up. “It’s been one of my dreams to play at St Pauls cathedral. Every time I go there, I want to sing so loud and now I finally can. Maybe I should just run down the bloody aisle in a big puffy wedding dress!”
But it hasn’t all happened overnight for Fortunes. It’s taken persistence to get from their high school music rooms to playing major Australian festivals.
After the duo found themselves discussing music at a Melbourne house party after years of no contact, they found themselves in a home studio. The pair has since gone on to release their 2015 EP Hoodie, followed by 2016’s Jacket EP and have supported the likes of Alunageorge, Shlohmo and Lapsley.
Yet the two kicked off their musical affair with a track they can now confidently say is permanently deleted off all channels.
“The first song we did was a cover,” Matthews explained. McCabe laughs with embarrassment, “it was actually There You Go by P!NK. It’s not on the internet anymore.”
“One time I was listening to Spotify and it played the P!NK cover – I genuinely freaked out. Apparently, sometimes Spotify connects to your iTunes,” McCabe laughs.
Matthews quickly chimes in, “That still happens to me. Sometimes it’s a half-finished demo and you instantly freak out, thinking ‘Why is this on Spotify!?’” McCabe sounded traumatised. “It’s actually terrifying, my heart drops and I think ‘What the fuck is that?’’’
But, what was the one piece of advice that got them from that terrible P!NK cover to nearly three million Spotify hits on their single Focus?
Matthews immediately pipes up “Persistence.” The producer goes on to explain “I’ve put out so much trash music, it went nowhere. But you’ll get better, just stick with it.”
McCabe offers a more simplistic view of success: “Be original, be yourself.”
See the duo live at St Pauls Cathedral on 24 November – we hope McCabe follows through on the wedding dress!