2004 - Hope of the States - The Lost Riots
The moment I started this journal, I knew exactly what would feature under 2004. This is perhaps my favourite album of all time.
It's an old cliche, but this album literally changed my life. It opened my ears, to use another cliche, to a whole new approach to 'indie' music as it is dubbed. This was something entirely different.
Opener The Black Amnesias send shivers down my spine, stands the hairs on the back of my neck on end, blows me away. While the band was touring Left, I missed the days when they used to open with this track. I always like things that start with a bang and this is one of the biggest bangs there is... albeit not literally, and not in volume, but in sheer magnitude.
"Come on people, keep yr friends close, yr enemies won't matter in the end," Sam Herlihy repeats in Enemies/Friends. …