Published: 23/02/2016 12:49 - Updated: 24/02/2016 10:18

Fort Hope for the Highlands

Fort Hope
Fort Hope

HIGHLIGHTED by Kerrang! magazine as a band to watch when they were nominated as Best Newcomer, Hertfordshire-based trio Fort Hope play Mad Hatters in Inverness on Wednesday May 11.

Formed in 2013 by ex-members of electronic act My Passion, Fort Hope have toured with Mallory Knox, Moose Blood, My Chemical Romance’s Frank Iero and Jimmy Eat World and played the Pit Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival.

They also saw their debut mini-album break into the Top 10 in the UK Rock and Metal charts.

Jon Gaskin (vocals, guitar and piano), Jamie Nicholls (drums) and Simon Rowlands (bass) have been playing together for over a decade, but say that with Fort Hope, their drive is now more focused than ever before.

"We look at everything we’ve got," Gaskin stated.

"We just get stuck into each track to try to make it as beautiful as we can without concerning ourselves with what other people think. We love the contrast because it shows the different levels of the band.

"For us, it’s just about us being able to do music with each other. Our music gets us out of feeling down, and we hope that it can have that effect on other people. That’s why we want that positivity to come through in our music – the main reason for us writing songs is the hope that it can actually help people."

Tickets go on sale via the Church Street venue from 9am on Friday.

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