1974 (Image courtesy of the artist / September 16, 2013)


You go from winning Best New Band one year to nabbing Best Rock Band the next. Simple, right?

"To be honest, we had no expectations about winning last year, so we thought it was almost a fluke," said Mike Forgette, guitarist and singer for the Newington-area prog-rock titans 1974. "We thought we had our five minutes of fame. To be nominated [this year] amazed every single member of the band."

What started as a lark — a bunch of musicians getting together once a week to write songs and geek out over complicated story lines — has turned into much more. "It wasn't very public," Forgette said. "We were friends before we were band mates." 1974 now has a full-length album, 1974 & The Battle For the Lazer Fortress, and two 5-song EPs: The Return and A Soldier's Tale. It's theatrical and conceptual rock, and much of it is woven together through character development, back-story, exposition and so on. And guitars.

Their next full-length album, 1974 & The Dearth of The Herald, drops in October. They've already booked Arch Street Tavern for a Halloween throwdown with Little Ugly and Shag Frenzy.

"We want to get as much exposure and reach people who like it, but we don't want to sacrifice the fact that we started this band because we wanted to," Forgette said. "Sometimes we want to just take a step back and keep it fun. As soon as it starts feeling like work, that's when we want to stop." —Michael Hamad