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  • Audio CD (13 May 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00027LEDI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Black Amnesias
  2. Enemies/Friends
  3. 66 Sleepers to Summer
  4. Don't Go To Pieces
  5. The Red The White The Black The Blue
  6. Black Dollar Bills
  7. George Washington
  8. Me Ves Y Sufres
  9. Sadness On My Back
  10. Nehemiah
  11. Goodhorsehymn
  12. 1776

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HOPE OF THE STATES The Lost Riots (2004 UK 12-track CD album featuring the singles Enemies/Friends and The Red The White The Black The Blue presented in gatefold digipack)

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Early reports billed Chichester's Hope of the States as "the new Radiohead", but The Lost Riots actually positions them as a fairly conventional rock concern--if one with ambitions far beyond many of their guitar-wielding peers. From just a quick listen to grandiose instrumental opener "The Black Amnesias", it's clear that something of Hope of the States's massive scope has been inherited from bands such as Montreal anarchist's orchestra Godspeed You Black Emperor or Scots instrumental rockers Mogwai. But Hope of the States pull off the commendable trick of twisting avant-garde apocalyptica into bona fide pop songs. In particular, "Enemies/Friends" and "The Red, the White, the Black, the Blue" are some of the strangest records ever to have cracked the UK Top 20, violin-augmented post-rock warships bedecked with billowing guitars and martial drumming, powered by the unblinking fervour of the young and righteous. The excitement occasionally gets a little much for frontman Sam Herlihy, who stretches his voice to painful breaking point on a couple of numbers. Luckily, the regal swathe cut by the likes of "Black Dollar Bills" keeps this fine debut album on track. --Louis Pattison

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Format: Audio CD
When I first got 'The Lost Riots' I was a bit disappointed. I bought it off the back of the incendiary call to arms of 'The Red The White The Black The Blue' and was then quite annoyed that the rest of the album was a more sombre affair. To be fair, I had absolutely no idea what I was on about.

HOTS practically bleed sincerity, and while Sam's voice is admittedly terrible, this is not a bad thing. Bob Dylan was no singer, and his cracked and broken voice only made his protest songs better. Exactly the same thing happens here, with Sam howling over a storm of feedback on more than one occasion, sounding like a man with nothing to lose and everything to say.

From the frankly terrifying aural storm of opener 'The Black Amnesias' you know that HOTS are not your average indie rock band, and they prove this again and again throughout the album. Their most commercial songs - 'Nehemiah' and 'The Red The White The Black The Blue' - are still wilfully different to the rest of the stuff in the charts, with weird staccato violins and fuzzy guitars everywhere. Songs like 'Black Dollar Bills' just build and build into a crescendo of sound that is at once soothing and unsettling, and the overall sense is one of despair at the way things are, but also optimism that things can change.

Lyrics, too, are a real highlight with some of the best lines to come out of a British band in years. Forget the 'street' wit of Arctic Monkeys, HOTS know how to create both rabble-rousing slogans ("less politics and dirty tricks/more standing up and shouting out!
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By A Customer on 21 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Whatever happened on the way, this was always going to be an important album. Whatever obstacles arose, this was always going to tear through the speakers like an iceberg ripping through the sinking Titanic, grand and melancholy; thudding, juddering and ripping up anything in its wake. For all the shadows that Jimmi Lawrence's death might cast on 'The Lost Riots', Hope Of The States were always going to make a great album. And they have.
Because, for all the fears that their debut would be a pretentious seven hour Dali-esque romp, point blankly refusing to acquaint itself with a tune, 'The Lost Riots' is full of them. From the opening, instrumental heaven-to-hell carnage of 'The Black Amnesias' to the point where violin cacophonies open up 'Goodhorsehymn''s wounds, Hope Of The States push the idea of the song one step further. How, we ask, will you be able to listen to Coldplay again without them descending into a satanic waltz in the middle of 'Clocks', like HOTS do during 'The Red, The White, The Black, The Blue'? Or Keane without Tom Arse-Face spitting bile'n'blood for the cause, like Sam Herlihy does in the climax to 'Nehemiah'?
At a time when authenticity means Kings Of Leon doing their level-best to persuade you that their moustaches are made from the finest hairs in the Southern states, Hope Of The States mean it maaan. Where other bands chug their guitars, HOTS throttle, where they get heavy, HOTS are apocalyptic, where they get gentle, HOTS are heavenly. After 'The Black Amnesias' has sent Mogwai and Godspeed You!
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By A Customer on 2 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
In all honesty and rather unusually i purchased this album on the stregnth of just one song (the red the white..). After hearing this song and hearing a few good reviews i was impressed and thought these guys must have some talent. I listend to the album a few times and wasn't overly impressed, then put it amongst my collection and forgot about it. One night something possesed me to pick the album back up and listen to it in depth. After listening to it for several hours i was bowled over by it's beauty, i love the way the songs build up and climax via a mix of various instruments. I couldn't really come up with a band that's anything like them one or 2 reviews i've read compare them with radio head or coldplay but for me the music has more appeal than either of these and doesn't deserve to be compared with anything as it is rather unique. I would suggest you buy this album and listen to it alone giving it the deserved attention i'm pretty sure it'll win you over,
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It's odd the way you find yourself listing to bands you normally would have found an excuse to avoid when you turn up at a music festival. Maybe it's the beer, the company, or perhaps even just the atmosphere which leads you into a tent to watch some unknown band trying to make it big. This is exactly what happened to me at T in the Park 2004. "Hope of the States", not new, but relatively unknown by those who have had their eyes glazed over by whatever manufactured "musicians" MTV executives decide to force feed the British public. Fortunately, being a lover of most things alternative, I had heard some of Hope of the States earlier works, but not enough to have aloud me to make a firm decision whether I liked the band or not. After a 30 or so minuet set however, my some what limited opinion of Hope of the States was to change. The atmosphere was incredible. The projections which illuminated back and forth across the tent walls made the audience fell like they were actually inside the music itself. The very essence of the sounds stirred emotions of such incredible happiness; it was a pleasure to be at that place, at that very moment. After witnessing over 200 or so bands across the past 3 years id never felt sp privileged watching such a talented group of musicians. Like "Saves the Day" its strange the way in which music can hide lyrics of such sorrow, and yet, Hope of the States cover them well, yet leave splinters of meanings by which, if we want, we can discover the truth. The day after I got home I went out and bought "The lost Riots" and let's just say... I never regretted it for one second.
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