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Hope Of The States were a post/indie rock band from Chichester in England. The band consisted of six members: Sam Herlihy (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Anthony Theaker (guitar, keyboards), Paul Wilson (bass), Mike Siddell (violin), Michael Hibbert (replacing the late James Lawrence on guitar), and Simon Jones (drums).

Preceded by the singles Black Dollar Bills and Enemies/Friends, the album’s release was postponed in 2004 following Jimmi Lawrence’s death; however, the group recorded new experimental material and bounced back four months later with album ‘The Lost Riots’ and single ‘The Red The White The Black The Blue’. Later, Nehemiah was released as another single.

The band spent most of 2005 writing and demoing material for their second album, the vast majority of which was given to their fans in the form of more free ‘Dust Rackets’ albums and YouSendIt downloads. A limited edition EP, Blood Meridian, was released in April 2006. The followup single ‘Sing It Out’ charted at #39 in the UK and new album ‘Left’ was expected to gain a similar position. However, the album failed to make the UK top 40 amidst a lukewarm critical response, many of whom were disappointed that the band had moved away from the intense, stylings of their earlier material.

The band released their final single ‘Left’ on August 18th, before breaking up later that week. They played their last gig on the 27th at the and Leeds Festival. The band have not yet formally announced whether they have any plans for the future.

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  • TalkingToPylons

    Rest in Peace James Lawrence my good sir, you’ve been gone 10 years now, but we’ll never forget you & the music you made with your friends.

    15 Jan 3:33am Reply
  • nicorebel

    RIP JiMMY

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • bob_average

    "Have to echo a couple of criticisms in here. I like them, excellent instrumentation but they were always held back from greatness by their shitty vocalist. I really struggle to get past his voice, which is why The Black Amnesias is by far my favourite track by them." +1

    18 Mar 2013 Reply
  • NihilisticRobot

    Unhappiness in Leftist America? Better blame the man in charge.

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • ZoneFox

    Their vocalist is amazing.

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • mart-the-mod

    If there is one band that defines the frustration of being in an incredible band but going nowhere, this is that band. I feel for you guys, I really do. Oh yeah, for a gig I borrowed your pedals and never said thanks. So thankyou : )

    24 Jul 2011 Reply
  • The_Cole_Train

    Have to echo a couple of criticisms in here. I like them, excellent instrumentation but they were always held back from greatness by their shitty vocalist. I really struggle to get past his voice, which is why The Black Amnesias is by far my favourite track by them.

    6 Jun 2011 Reply
  • donotlabel1

    Thanks fot the post sam, what a band. I forgot my old password so had to create a new profile. Such a pity they split

    18 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Adeptmusic

    Неплохая группа, когда не поют.

    3 Apr 2011 Reply
  • dermilch23

    Please try this: http://www.last.fm/music/audiocæneat! Thanks a lot :)

    21 Mar 2011 Reply
  • the_jezmeister

    Fans of Hope of the States might be interested to take a look at this upcoming Arctic Circle event at Kings Place http://www.last.fm/event/1823317+Re-arranging+Folk featuring both Mike Siddell and Sam Herlihy alongside a host of other recommended acts.

    28 Feb 2011 Reply
  • serunin

    The red white and the blue has always been what led you.

    26 Feb 2011 Reply
  • sambobgeldof

    The Black Amnesias was just used as the background for Christopher Lee's compilation on the BAFTA's!

    13 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Y050Y

    Enemies/Friends!!!

    28 Dec 2010 Reply
  • kick_yr_crutch

    George Washington :)

    1 Dec 2010 Reply
  • kick_yr_crutch

    What happened to these guys? The Lost Riots was good, not so sure about Left. Saw em live a couple of times awhile back, pretty epic shows.

    1 Dec 2010 Reply
  • duncky

    terrible band.

    28 Nov 2010 Reply
  • junkerr

    Anyone have/willing to share Thee Dust Rackets? pm plz.

    18 Nov 2010 Reply
  • OwenAutumnFall

    Last night I dreamt they got back together. I've only just realised it was just a dream and now I'm gutted all over again

    15 Sep 2010 Reply
  • jamesssssss

    Come on PEOPLE!!!!!

    16 Aug 2010 Reply
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