Fans will get to hear new stuff on the band's trip round the UK and Ireland...

Hope Of The States opened their

biggest ever tour of the UK and Ireland last night in

BELFAST’s MANDELA HALL (October 17).

The six-piece had only seven hours to recover after

a month-long US tour before they headed back on the

road. However, they showed no signs of fatigue and

instead seemed to have added steel and menace that

wasn’t always present before the American tour.

“It’s good to be back on this side of the

Atlantic,” frontman Sam Herlihy told the 1,000 strong crowd.

The band worked through a 13-song set drawn mostly

from debut album ‘The Lost Riots’.

They also played one new untitled song.

After the show Herlihy told NME.COM he already had a number of songs ready for the second album, but there were no plans to record it at present.

Hope Of The States move to Dublin tonight.

The remaining dates are:

Dublin Music Centre (18)

Glasgow Garage (19)

Newcastle University (21)

Liverpool Barfly (22)

Bristol University (23)

Nottingham Rescue Rooms (25)

London Astoria (26)

Norwich Waterfront (27)

Birmingham Academy (29)

Manchester Academy 1 (30)

Leeds Cockpit (31)

Wrexham Central Station (November 2)

Preston University (3)

Bangor University (4)

Glamorgan University (5)

Gloucester Guildhall (7)

Plymouth Academy (9)

Portsmouth Wedgewood (11)

Swansea University (12)

Keele University (13)

Sheffield Leadmill (14)

Brighton Centre (December 4)

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