Hope Of the States: Left

Hope Of the States: Left

Hope Of The States seem to be running twice as fast as other bands. Skipping straight past the barely-refined-demos stage, the Chichester combo revealed a fully-formed post-rock landscape on 2004’s debut ‘The Lost Riots’. Two years on, and...

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Hope Of The States: The Late Room, Manchester: Wednesday, March 29

Hope Of The States: The Late Room, Manchester:...

Pissed-up Manc bruiser: “Put some bollocks into it!” Dazed Sam Herlihy: “I’m trying to put some bollocks into it! Jesus Christ!” Girl clinging to the bar for dear life: “Garlic bread!” Such is life on this side of the canvas....

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Hope Of The States: Blood Meridian EP

Hope Of The States: Blood Meridian EP

Self-conscious but still revelling in their own self-importance, prone to meaningless soundbites expressing bewilderment at world events, clinging to credibility via association: yup, Chantelle’s tawdry efforts to “live the dream” will...

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Hope Of The State/Sons And Daughters/The Bravery/Willy Mason : London Astoria

Hope Of The State/Sons And Daughters/The...

Willy Mason is up first, batting for the US . Backed by the 22-20s , his bedroom Beck meets dimestore Dylan bojangle immediately reduces the early birds to hushed silence. Why a 20-year-old would actually want to write music as mournfully...

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Hope Of The States : Mandela Hall, Belfast, Sunday, October 17

Hope Of The States : Mandela Hall, Belfast,...

It hasn’t quite happened for Hope Of The States. They were tipped to be one of the hottest bands of 2004. But their grandiose, paranoid, America-obsessed debut album ‘The Lost Riots’ failed to sear itself on to the national consciousness....

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Hope Of The States : Nottingham Rescue Rooms

Hope Of The States : Nottingham Rescue Rooms

There are things you might expect from a poignant comeback tour: a jaunty opening solo on a toy accordion is not one of them. But then Hope Of The States never studied the rock'n'roll rule books. When they first emerged on the back of the Great...

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Hope Of The States : The Lost Riots

Hope Of The States : The Lost Riots

This was always going to be an important record. A year ago, Hope Of The States had just released 'Black Dollar Bills' and whispers had already begun - an odd little band from Chichester delivering lush, politicised polemics were making...

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Hope Of The States : The Red The White The Black The Blue

Hope Of The States : The Red The White The...

There’s a storm in heaven tonight. While many bands would mark the death of a key member with a string-bloated torch anthem (‘A Design For Life’, say) or a sombre but ludicrously-titled ballad (‘Too Much Love Will Kill You’, perhaps),...

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Hope Of The States : Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut

Hope Of The States : Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut

The champagne's on ice and tonight the Chichester boys are ready to celebrate. Single 'Enemies/Friends' has gatecrashed the Top 30 and next Friday night, the nation will look up from their tea to see Hope Of The States and their orchestral...

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Hope Of The States : Black Dollar Bills

Hope Of The States : Black Dollar Bills

Attention, indie fetishists: Hope Of The States are Chichester’s answer to God Speed You Black Emperor . But luckily, seems we can mention the word ‘chorus’ in their company without them sternly buggering off to a treehouse, because...

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