HOPE premiere live video for ‘Kingdom’

By Penny Bennett

Imagine Portishead formed in Berlin today. Josef Beuys comes along, shreds the band with a coarse wire brush, and exhibits them in a dark, 100 foot high silo for the production of artificial icebergs. The resulting Gesamtkunstwerk may well be a close approximation of Hope.

Their self-titled debut album was recorded by Olaf Opal (The Notwist) in the remains of an abandoned lung sanatorium to capture inner destruction and coldness. It has what it takes to become a timeless classic. Songs like RAW, CELL, KINGDOM and DROP YOUR KNIVES radiate more dark and dystopic energy than all seasons of Black Mirror combined.

A vigorous recording of Hope’s track ‘Kingdom’ played live at this year’s Haldern Pop Festival. The band is at it’s boiling core – vibrant, growling, with Christine Börsch-Supan’s voice piercing through, swinging back and forth between attack and defence, taking the song into a frenzy finale.

Catch HOPE on the following dates:

19 SOUTHAMPTON, Joiners w/Listener
20 LONDON, Borderline w/ Listener
21 NOTTINGHAM, Bodega w/ Listener
22 MANCHESTER, Soup Kitchen w/ Listener
25 LONDON, Shacklewell Arms w/ Chest Pains

or at their website or on Facebook