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^ right there
i seem to remember watching a jools holland (i think) that had Hope of the states and The Killers first TV appearances
i had a real moment, some lad going mad on a violin with end of days guitars & this reedy voiced singer...i went out and bought the Hope of the States album the next day
saw some old bloke with a hope of the states t shirt at field day last weekend, had a nice little chat with him
i get what you mean but i don't think it was THAT bad. the album version of The Black Amnesias was a lot better at least
but the demo version is definitely the best
Remember hearing the first version of Black Dollar Bills and being blown away. Had a really fuzzy warm quality to it and the album version just sounded flat as anything.
those were great days
reignited my love of music
still see a few people from back then fairly regularly (clockwork purple & dominic both live in bristol now, rolyateel, shambeko) & a fair few are quite active on facebook
there are also a few on here you know
when i think about bands of my yoof, I normally reach straight for the Libertines, but really, it was probably these guys and this album.
listening to tracks on this album is like getting shot back to 17 years old again and being able to once again understand the irrationality of investing so much in a group of vaguely unremarkable men that happened to make some noises that made you feel stuff.
I've definitely lost that thing in the last ten years. I only ever appreciate music and artists with a sort of cool detachment now, like someone who has tired of relationships and refuses to open his heart up too much anymore. content just to nod and say, 'yeah, I really like that' instead of, 'jesus, i fucking love this, this means so much to me, it's such a big part of my life, blah, blah blah'.
But i listen to this and i remember that there was a time that a group of men with musical instruments could inspire me to go out and buy some silver duck tape to wrap around my jacket, like a dick.
Ruined the song (still a really great song but still).
remains an all time classic imo
Great article Jordan!
Bloody hell. Absolutely loved this lot, remember driving down to Nottingham to see them at the Rescue Rooms, think it was just before The Lost Riots came out. They were probably playing somewhere closer, but I'd just passed my driving test so wanted to drive more. Left that evening convinced they were going to be the biggest band in the world. Shame it didn't happen. Going to have to stick this on now.
Good words Jordan!
or was it new rhodes and ymss?
Hadn't heard of either before going. Bought something off of YMSS after I think.
These and the Coopers had a real sense of community amongst their fans as well. I'll never forget going to New York and reading in Time Out that they were playing at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Great evening.
Loved this band, loved this album
I notice there are a few people here who were on their message boards. I managed to accidentally delete all the B-Sides, session, unreleased stuff etc which they made available on their website, and I loved all that stuff, perhaps even more than their albums. I don't suppose anyone has it, please???
somehow found the album in my local branch of WHSmith when I was 17 and it changed things for me.
Up until then it was the most beautifully produced physical edition of an album I'd ever seen, and the music itself owned me completely.
Very few albums have such peaks of togetherness and such troughs of despair. Would also love to be pointed to all those B Sides again.
Ah, christ what a feeling. What a band. What a fucking, crying, shitting shame about that lad that killed himself.
i had some of the very best (and very worst) times of my life knocking about with those guys and youthmovies on tour way back then, so that record is a bit of a tricky listen for me! just played it for the first time in probably 6 years or something and it's still super strong - every track. I hope Sam does a new band or project sometime. Ant has been producing/mixing some great records and was doing live sound for the Horrors for a few years, think he probably still is. Although i wasnt massively involved in it i totally loved that the messageboard people were always around at shows...met some ace people around that lot.
just got too deep into the album. saw you for the first time supporting hots, think it was the same for dom. your set in mansfield is still one of the best we've put on.