The band are back working on their debut LP following the recent tragic death of guitarist Jimmi Lawrence...

Hope Of The States are in the studio for the first time since the death of guitarist JIMMI LAWRENCE.

The band had almost completed work on their debut album when they found the body of Lawrence hanged in Real World studios near Bath last month.

A spokesperson for the group confirmed to NME.COM the band are back working on the record, but said no more details were available at present.

Hope Of The States were due to release their anticipated debut album in late spring after months spent recording in Russia and then Ireland. The finishing touches were being put on the album at Real World when the guitarist died of an apparent suicide.

The Chichester six-piece, who signed to Sony imprint Seeker following an intense bidding war, have been working with Sigur Ros producer Ken Thomas.