The tragedy-stricken band make their first tentative steps back into the public eye...

Hope Of The States are taking tentative steps back into the public eye.

The band, stricken by the death of guitarist Jimmi Lawrence in January, play their first show since the tragedy tonight (March 5) at London’s Filthy McNasty’s.

A posting on the band’s official website from singer Sam Herhily reads: “Mike and Sam of the (un)popular misery beat group hopeofthestates will be performing songs from the first record currently being pieced together in Londontown along with lost songs and new laments on Friday March the fifth at Filthy Mcnastys Whiskey Café.


“Firstly a dear friend will sing a few ditties and then a wooden guitar, wooden violin and cracked voice yogle and eucrid shall perform at around 8:30pm. If ye can spend some valuable friday evenin cheer with us we would be most honoured/touched. We are hoping for a packed out house of drink and giggles so try and wander down early to ensure ye can get in, its only a tiny wee place… “

Meanwhile, the band are asking fans to submit artwork to feature on the band’s new single ‘The Red The White The Black The Blue’.

They are requesting any size or shaped sketch or drawing inspired by the music or lyrics of the song, already a live favourite. Around ten of the images will be incorporated into the final cut.

Fans can submit as many images as they like to the band’s official website [url=] until next Friday (March 12).

‘The Red The White The Black The Blue’ will be released in May.