totally forgot about these until i bumped into them on last fm.
they were alright no?
It's pretty good, but his Oasis style singing is a little wearing over the songs. Not because I hate that style, but more because it doesn't fit at all well.
Beautiful packaging as well. Same fellas who worked with youthmovie soundtrack strategies...
it pisses all over the first album from a massive height.
I lie, I have the first one.
album, does not compute!
Left is superb of epic proportions. Easily my favourite album of the decade and possibly ever.
I thought I was the only one who liked Left.
But that's just too far.
If I'm in a bad mood I'll always feel better after listening to The Lost Riots. Superb album.
It's quite good but not amazing
Worst band ever
The first album was excellent, which was especially sweet as I bought it on a whim. I love when that happens.
around the lost riots, to a completely stupid extent.
second album is total gash though.
...which formed around the same time as HOTS ended?
They were a bit bollocks though. Rather boring.
the packaging was, up until then, the best I'd ever seen too.
It's strange what happened with the follow-up, the wait for it seemed unbearable - then it was out and instantly didn't seem to matter. It seems pretty clear that the guitarist who committed suicide had a huge influence over the sound; They were a completely different band afterwards. A shame.
is pretty underrated. The Black Amnesias and Black Dollar Bills are both brilliant if nothing else.
Left...it's not too bad, but it's clear that's something is missing on that album, most of the stuff that made The Lost Riots so good seems to be missing from it.
really into the first album. there was a special version of the album packaging that was really something...but i dunno, i didnt get the second for one reason or another when it came out. rented it from the library a few months back and enjoyed it but it didnt hit me like the first.
what are they all doing now?
are doing something called troubles, which is pretty ambient instrumental stuff. got a 2-disc demo in rough trade a while back, not sure how old it is or how demonstrative of their sound as a whole.
It's the best thing they or HotS have ever done;
Seriously, it's incredible; modern classical / post-rock crossover in a film score style.
I was a massive HotS fan, for my sins - Sam's singing grated at first, I must admit, but after a while it just seemed to fit the music really well. I don't know why they weren't better known/liked. Hmm.
Their experimental b-sides and sideprojects are some of the best things I've heard by any band, by a long way.
troubles gig on, an amazing night. seeing this band that you had loved starting all over, and being just as, if not more passionate about what they were doing. a lot of people said that on the last hots tour there was a certain energy lacking, though i'd disagree as that was probably when my favourite show of theirs was (manc academy 3).
also worth checking out, sam's blips and blops project called blocks. he supported troubles on that first tour, though i had to miss out as i was still working the door!
So I've never seen Blocks. Grr.
have a band called troubles who released a double album and two ep's, post-rock ambient stuff. The singer had a electronic project called blocks. They also have formed a new band, with singing in it again, recorded an album have no name and have had no mention of them for a few months, but hopefully will do something eventually.
Also hope of the states best band from the last 10 years
was now in Brighton folk act The Miserable Rich? They released a strangely good cover of Hot Chip's Over & Over not so long ago.
and The Miserable Rich, and Sons of Noel and Adrian, and Shoreline, and no doubt a fair few other bands too.
I can't keep track, really.
...heading over to http://www.hopeofthestates.com/ (which is now the halfway home) and checking out some of their b-sides, which you can download from that site. Most of them are better than stuff on Left, but as someone has already said, it does grow a lot.
Of particular interest being http://www.forwardirektion.com/?page_id=7 which has Ant Theaker's (YMSS producer, etc.) remixes of HotS, YMSS and Redjetson. They're damned good.
Totally spoilt this band for me. Their instrumental stuff is great though.
for a couple of quid. I might invest in a copy. I seem to remember quite liking the singles when they came out but never investigated any further.
I got VERY excited when it came out & saw them a few times at places like the Roadhouse, brilliant stuff. Saw them again on their last tour, and it just all seemed a bit... doomed.
It has this unique ability and rare gift to really drag the listener down into devestation and depression during the lowest moments (Me Ves Y Sufres, Black Dollar Bills) and yet almost immediately lift their spirits with bursts of uplifting, life-affirming euphoria (Nehemiah, George Washington).
As for Left, well I never got the hate for it. No it isn't as good as the aforementioned album but who can deny the unshakeable conviction and raw prowess of songs like The Church Choir, Industry, Bonfires and Little Silver Birds (among others). Brilliant album.
It's like being pulled in different directions by wild horses.
Although I'll never ever get over how much better the single version of Enemies/Friends was, purely because it had a different drumbeat in the chorus. I've got some crazy copy of LR which came in a really tall cardboard case with liner notes all writen on cards with different parts of the body on them, definitely the best packaging I've ever seen. I've got Left, propably listened to it twice, and then completely forgot about this band all together.
Left doesn't match the Lost Riots, but then few albums do.
Have Troubles released anything?
mention Troubles, seems they have released one or two things
Personally, my pick for best B-side band ever. Angels Over Kilburn, A Heart Can Stop A Bullet, AMM=IBM, Thee Seventies Song, Static In The Cities...also, Red Stars Black Stars was one of the best live instrumentals I've ever seen.
Thanks for the links guys. Troubles lp ordered and my mac is busily downloading loads of exciting stuff!
this has brought back a few.
some good, some bad.
some of it sounded a bit like the early 70s prog-folk of String Driven Thing. I didn't listen to the second album.
No, it's not as good as the first (in my opinion), but there's some great stuff on there.
Still wear my T shirt ALL the time