It’s hardly a JFK moment, but I remember where I was when I found out that Hope of the States were splitting up. I was sat around some makeshift fire with my friend/cousin James, and he broke the news. It came completyely out of the blue, and a few hour too late – we were at leeds gestival, and the band had just played their final ever show with little prior warning. Where had I been? At my camp, drinking cooking rum or something, convincing myself that I’d see them the next time they played Manchester.
Anyway, it’s time to move on, and that’s what Sam Herlihy, lead singer from HOTS has done, forming a new outfit called ‘The Northwestern’. having just released their debut EP, Ghostrock, on their own Bloodbank imprint, I emailed him a few questions over, and he sent me some replies. TLOBF have the results:
Sam Herlihy (The Northwestern) interview (TLOBF)
And here’s a reminder or why I was so sad:
Hope of the States – Blood Meridian (mediafire)