Fort Hope: Exclusive First Interview

Ultimate-Guitar talks with ex-My Passion members about new band.

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During 2012, My Passion was a band who was on the cusp of something big. Having racked up a CV that included several well received European tours, the release of two well-received full length records and high-profile appearances on the cover of Kerrang! they were climbing their way up the rock music ladder, something which the release of their third album looked set to cement. And then, on December 3rd 2012, after six months of relative silence following a performance at Download Festival, came the surprise announcement that the band was calling it a day.

Yesterday (12/01/2013) evening, former My Passion members John Gaskin, Ande D'Mello, Simon Rolands and Jamie Nicholls announced the formation of a new band called Fort Hope, releasing a new song entitled Control via their Facebook band page. Now, Ultimate-Guitar has an exclusive first interview with the group, talking with guitarist Ande D'Mello about life after My Passion and the direction for the new band:

What was it that inspired you guys to keep working together after the dissolution of My Passion?

We are all very keen on creating music. We've all been doing it from a very young age and the dynamic between the 4 of us is just so good. It would be a shame not to continue working together. After My Passion split we had long chats about where we wanted to go from there and the 4 of us seemed to really be on the same page.

In terms of new material, what sort of thing can we expect? Do you see what you are doing as a continuation of the My Passion sound or as a step into new territory?

This is totally new for us! It's still rock, it's still dramatic but we've lost the synths and we've picked up a few new things. The music is a lot more melodic with some post-rock inspired atmospherics and I think the appeal will be much further reaching. When writing, Jon and myself have really drawn on some influences from bands such as Silverchair, Sigur Ros, Thrice and Muse. There's some real drama in the music and we can't wait to transfer that to the stage.

My Passion was renowned for having a strong relationship with their fans. How are you planning to incorporate your fan base into the new project?

Well, as I mentioned, we'll be doing a webcam performance where we'll be playing a few tunes and after we do that we're going to be giving the fans a chance to talk to us and ask us questions directly. The video diaries will also be a way to give the fans an insight into who we are. We'll even be giving fans a chance to be part of the video diaries once we're out on tour and meeting everyone.

Twitter and Facebook are another way we keep in contact with our fans. We encourage people to add us on our personal Facebook profiles and chat to us on Twitter. We love to hear what fans have to say.

"Control", the new single from Fort Hope, is available to stream from the following location:

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12 comments sorted by best / new / date

    loungeact88
    So what I'm reading is that 4 guys started a band, broke up that band, then those same 4 guys started another unknown band...
    Abacus11
    Haha yeah I don't get it either. Guys break up and start bands that no one's ever heard of every day. Anyone know where I can find 4 generic cookie-cutter "rock" dudes who's Mommy and Daddy have lots and lots of money??? Are they ready to ROCK?!?!?
    highkingnm
    My Passion were, in the part of the rock scene that contains Deaf Havana, Mallory Knox and other new rock bands from the East of England, absolutely huge and set to be massive. They were actually a 5 piece, they've just continued without Laurence, their singer.
    agentstarbucks
    actually, they broke up, ditched their singer, and then formed a new band... which is pretty good since the dude they've got singing now actually can
    dragozan
    Didn't think i'd see these guys on the front page this early. I liked My Passion's sound, and hope these guys go far
    Msjhboy
    Not the best, but better than the shit that My Passion spewed out.
    katie.jones.906
    Why's everyone being so horrible about them? They've got some great stuff!! Give them a chance and be more respectful
    Musical_Connor
    Saw them live, they were one of the best bands I have ever saw, I met the singer and he is one of the nicest people I have ever spoke to. these guys deserve the good credit. people start fresh so they can experiment. yeah my passion wasn't the best but it was still good. But Fort Hope are amazing! Download their album! I Recommend it.
    Musical_Connor
    Saw them live, they were one of the best bands I have ever saw, I met the singer and he is one of the nicest people I have ever spoke to. these guys deserve the good credit. people start fresh so they can experiment. yeah my passion wasn't the best but it was still good. But Fort Hope are amazing! Download their album! I Recommend it.
    Musical_Connor
    Saw them live, they were one of the best bands I have ever saw, I met the singer and he is one of the nicest people I have ever spoke to. these guys deserve the good credit. people start fresh so they can experiment. yeah my passion wasn't the best but it was still good. But Fort Hope are amazing! Download their album! I Recommend it.