Hope of the States - Blood Meridian
Released as a taster for their second album "Left", due out in June, Chichester band Hope of the States return with this wonderful little song, out as a limited release on ten inch vinyl or as a download. Whiny vocals aside, this is a great little track, with some thoughtful and intelligent lyrics which gel brilliantly with the video which is getting heavy rotation on MTV2 at the moment.
A song that slowly grows on you each time you hear it, "Blood Meridian" builds and rises, with snappy drums and an almost military presence. The intro is wonderful, chiming guitars taking you by the hand into the vocal. Strings swell as the orchestra plays but they never overcome the spirit of the song and its pessimistic outlook.
The 10" in the shops is very limited, and you will do well to find it - this song then is certainly worthy of a download as an appetizer for more to come in the summer.
View the Myspace page and watch the excellent video for Blood Meridian