Shard

My Passion are the new band that have been made out of the old band, Shard. One of the first changes I’ve spotted is that one of the band members is wearing a suit, rather than the satin negligees of old and, on the whole, they all look a bit more new-wave than transvestite these days.

The music is bit more manly and muscular too, although there are plenty of links to their previous glam-selves in the riffy guitars, hand-claps and dramatic vocal.

The new style though, uses a hooky guitar to drive things along to the pounding drums and there’s a ton of synth strings to add some depth to the music. The ambiguity remains courtesy of the chorus of ‘Bitter Too’, which hangs for ages on the first syllable of ‘Geisha’, giving you a part-second to wonder what’s about to be said.

Even better than the opener, ‘Tomorrow Girls’ is brilliantly put together with an anthemic chorus surrounded by lots of individual musical parts that have a nicely contrived combined power.

My Passion are a manly-rock band with a new age attitude towards their feminine side and because of this, they’ve got a rather unique style.

Fenton
Steve Fenton was Editor in Chief for The Mag and also wrote for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues across the country alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.