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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.

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  • 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.
  • RIP JiMMY
  • Unhappiness in Leftist America? Better blame the man in charge.
  • Their vocalist is amazing.
  • 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 : )
  • 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.
  • 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

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