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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)
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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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!Read more ›
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had to purchase this class album again after o had lost my previous copyPublished 10 months ago by adam greenwood
There's some outstanding song-writing here, some great musicianship, and it's all let down by the vocals. Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2013 by EFN
one of the best most majestic beautifully orchestrated and delicately layered sonic soundscapes I've ever heard. Own it, wear it out, buy it again. Read morePublished on 2 April 2007 by Ally Heath
If you've read other reviews for this album you'll see a pattern emerging- generally high praise but a few people absolutely hating it. Read morePublished on 20 May 2006 by Jam sandwich
Most reviews of Hope of The States seem to be focussing on the inevitable comparisons to Radiohead- ie. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2006 by William Warren
I'm a big fan of GYBE and Explosions in the Sky and admit Hope of the States do borrow a lot from what makes these bands extraordinary, however that's not the point. Read morePublished on 28 July 2005
This CD has the ability to help you experience every single emotion in 13 amazing songs.
The mysterious start of 'The Black Amnesias' gives the listener no illusion as to what... Read more
'The Lost Riots' is exceptional and by far the best album of 2004. It is very instrumental and orcherstral; not to mention emotional. Read morePublished on 22 July 2005 by Mrs. B. Bastiampillai