January 5, 2018

Yorkshire Electric

New year, new music, new tour, new van! With Santa and his reindeers safely back in Lapland, this years surviving turkeys breathing a sigh of relief… not only that they’ll see another few months before the Bernard Matthews gang get their hands on ’em, but also that if they traipse north of Watford Gap they’ll – Read more


November 16, 2016

FEEL – a song a week #4: Dig Hard

Dig Hard The Song Si: In our original set of demos for this album there was a song which we all agreed had a lovely melody, but not necessarily one we’d want on one of our albums. It was a little too MOR, even for us. It was certainly a strong melody but it just wasn’t – Read more

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August 15, 2016

The Vinyl Countdown

A Way To Blue. . . 12″ Vinyl Wheels are in motion, cogs are whirring and spreadsheets are being filled in here at H&S HQ, readying ourselves to drop our brand spanking new album ‘FEEL‘ on your laps on Monday the 10th of October. It’s all recorded, we’re just at the stage of signing off – Read more

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July 31, 2015

“Difficult Tenth Album” Syndrome

Whoa there Horsie! ————- The good ship H&S has recently returned from a month having THE best fun at 11 shows at Grassington Festival, Oakwell Festival, Durham Brass, Scarborough Seafest and Underneath The Stars. Prior to that, I started this blog-post, to reflect on where we’re at in the making of this next Hope and – Read more

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June 9, 2015


Day six at the crypt, and we’re in uncharted territory in a number of senses. It’s different, as I hinted at at the start of the week, both in terms of how we’re approaching this record… and that for the first time since November 2009, we have a change in personnel. First up, we want – Read more

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March 20, 2015

“Connect: Resound” – A Live Lesson on Sound

… from inside your computer!!! This coming Thursday (26th March 2015) from 1:15pm to 2:15pm, schools across the county are tuning in to join Hope and Social (the musical equivalent to the interior designers’ “shabby-chic”) deliver a live lesson in sound and recording via the wondrous interwebz. This is the third event in NYMAZ’s Connect:Resound – Read more

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April 1, 2014

Crypt Covers: Vol. 1

2 years on from our first ever Crypt Covers session, we’re releasing the first album’s worth of Crypt Covers. For the uninitiated, Crypt Covers is our one day challenge to record and video a fan-chosen cover version, with another artist, in one day. It’s been a challenging, interesting and worthwhile experience throughout. We wanted to – Read more


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June 2, 2011

Sleep Sound track a day blog: The Road Never Lies

The Road Never Lies by Hope and Social First off I think we need to give Ed a massive pat on the back for this one. He took many many tracks of “stuff”…strings, brass, keys, guitar, vocal, 2 pianos which just went on and on and on….and sculptured them into something beautiful. Ed and I – Read more


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May 31, 2011

Sleep Sound track a day blog: Swaddled in Dark Clouds

Swaddled in Dark Clouds by Hope and Social The verse to Swaddled came from a fragment of an idea I had and recorded into my phone months ago, and it was originally intended to be a hymn. It was really really simple and was literally the melody and those first four lines. I’d just sing – Read more


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May 24, 2011

Sleep Sound track a day blog: Them Rolling Boys

Them Rolling Boys by Hope and Social This track was written so quickly at first. Literally banged out in an afternoon all from the opening riff which Rich plucked out of the air. In every writing session we always seem to write quite a lot of big guitar stuff – most of which doesn’t get – Read more


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May 23, 2011

Sleep Sound track a day blog: Cotton Wool

Cotton Wool by Hope and Social [Si] This started life for me as a tiny nothing of a tune I played very late one night in my kitchen and recorded into my laptop. (original demo here – I had to be quiet because everyone was in bed!) It was an irrelevance really – just one – Read more


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May 19, 2011

Sleep Sound track a day blog: Rolling Sideways

Rolling Sideways Rolling Sideways by Hope and Social Rolling Sideways is made of 100% jamming around. It’s a bit hazy but I seem to remember that it all came pretty easy in terms of the music at first – sections and parts just slotted into place and the feel of it was coloured by the – Read more

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May 18, 2011

Sleep Sound track a day blog: Family Man

Family Man by Hope and Social This track had been kicking around my guitar for a while and I’d put it down on a couple of Garageband demos just with me and an acoustic guitar (have a listen here if you’re interested) I’d thought it wasn’t really appropriate for this album after all we’d discussed – Read more


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May 16, 2011

Sleep Sound track a day blog: Sleep Sound

Sleep Sound has now been out a few days and we thought we’d do a track by track blog like we did for April last year. Loads of people commented on how much they’d enjoyed reading about each song, and to be honest it was a great way to put a full stop on the – Read more


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May 10, 2011

A little bit about Sleep Sound…

… the Album So here it is… Sleep Sound. The third Hope and Social album in as many years (actually, it’s less than two calendar years since we released “Architect…“). We’re very proud of it indeed… Over the next couple of weeks we’re going to do blog posts for each song like we did for – Read more