March 12, 2004 10:00
The epic rockers talk for the first time about their future plans following their guitarist's shock death...
NME.COM visited the band at George Martin’s Air Studio in London, where they had been putting the finishing touches to their as-yet-untitled debut album, due in June.
Speaking to NME, singer Sam Herlihy spoke about how the record has changed since the death of Lawrence. The guitarist was found hanging in Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios on January 15 this year, midway through the band recording there.
Sam said that the album was almost completed when Jimmi died. He told NME.COM: "From our point of view (Jimmi’s death) is gonna be a factor. It’s our biggest worry with our record and everything that we do from now on, that it’ll always be tainted by what happened. At the end of the day the six of us and Jimmi, we’ve made this record. And it’s a fucking great record. And if he was here now it’d still be a great record. Really, I don’t think it’d be any different."
He also reassured fans that Hope Of The States still have a long-term future. "I think it probably would’ve crossed everybody’s minds (to split)," said Herlihy, "but this is all we’ve got. At the end of the day we’re here. We have to carry on for him and also for us. I don’t know what else we’d do. We all worked so hard for so long to get here and to not be able to do that because of something that’s already so sad, so heartbreaking would just be the worst thing ever."
For more on Hope Of The States see this week’s NME.