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Hope of the States

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Chichester, United Kingdom (2000 – 2006)

Hope Of The States were a post/indie rock band from Chichester, UK. The band formed out of teenage experiments by childhood friends, singer/songwriter Sam Herlihy, instrumentalist Anthony Theaker, and guitarist/vocalist James Lawrence, joined by drummer Simon Jones and violinist Mike Siddell as Hope of the States in 2000 while at university. Paul Wilson later joined as permanent bassist from 2002, and Michael Hibbert joined as guitarist after the death of Jimmi in 2004.

Adopting the name from Albert Deutsch’s 1948 report on the US mental health system signalled a break with their earlier Mansun/Britpop pastiches in order to marry the hooks and songs to the kind of new post-rock sounds being made by groups like Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Herlihy had landed a development deal with Parlophone Records, giving the band an opportunity to explore expensive and expansive instrumentation & ultimately allowing haunting instrumental The American Revolution to see release in 2002 on Hermetech Records. The limited single Black Dollar Bills followed in 2003; it sold out quickly and gave the band slots at UK festivals as well as a multi-album deal with Sony & Columbia Records.

Preceded by the 2003 single Enemies/Friends, the album’s release was postponed indefinitely following Jimmi Lawrence’s studio suicide in January 2004; however, the group recorded and toured new experimental material as Thee Dust Rackets and bounced back four months later with album The Lost Riots and UK Top 15 single The Red The White The Black The Blue.

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  • Stefanszz

    I need to listen to em more again.

    13 Oct 1:28pm Reply
  • Stefanszz

    Daaaaayum these guys bring back some memories.

    13 Oct 1:28pm Reply
  • 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
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