The trio of Jon Gaskin (vocals and guitar), Simon Rowlands (bass) and Jamie Nicholls (drums) will be releasing a new song every week before the album launch, of which the first is The People Of The Lake. The track is the first single since last year’s excellent EP A r m u r e, which saw Fort Hope produce probably their heaviest sound yet.
It kicks off with Jon’s vocals, with light guitar and heavy bass support, introducing the scene: “Have you heard about the people, the people of the lake?, That try save all their money for 3 years, But in six weeks your mums have turned on each other.” Then heavy bursts of guitar chord come in through the pre-chorus before a big smash of Jon’s trademark powerful, high-pitched vocals through the chorus.
The second verse sees the story spin off to “a boy that couldn’t climb a wall without splitting his heart into three” supported by more guitar bursts. There’s faint electronic noise as we move into the pre-chorus, before diving back into the big chorus once more, with intriguing combinations of smashes of drums followed by big, powerful guitar bursts in support of the intense vocals. The track winds down with drawn-out, ranging vocals and a more chilled vibe.
This is a great sign of Fort Hope’s evolution as a band, it’s one of their most polished tracks to date while retaining their big sound encompassed by Jon’s infectious vocals – which promises a lot for the forthcoming album.
Check out The People Of The Lake in the video below, and add it to your Spotify playlists here.
The Flood Flowers: Volume 1 is out on 16 June and you can pre-order it here. Fort Hope will also be out on tour with Ryan Hamilton and the Traitors in August, and you can catch them at Fort Fest in August.
And to find out more about the band, read our interview with Jon ahead of the release of A r m u r e back in November here.