Sam Herlihy (vocals)
Anthony Theaker (guitar)
Paul Wilson (bass)
Mike Siddell (violin)
Simon Jones (drums)

Hope of the States got together in 2000 in Chichester (West Sussex). They named themselves after the book 'The Shame of the States' by Albert Deutschs (1948)that riduculed the state of the American's mental health system. In 2003 the band signed to Sony.

In February of 2004, just before Hope of the States planned to release their first album, Jimmi Lawrence (guitarist in the band at that point) was found hanged at the Real World Studios near Bath. Obviously this was a great shock to the band but they have soldiered on an released their album 'The Lost Riots' in June.

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