Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ States of Emotion

Sometimes when you listen to a band for the first time, you can tell that they possess all of the elements of something special. One such band is the UK’s States of Emotion. Driven by blistering guitars and beautifully melodic songs, it is easy to see why so many people had told us here at AMBY that we need to hear this lot. So we did one better and caught up with SOE’s singer and guitarist Olly Hookings to see what the band has been up to!

AMBY: For those who haven’t had the treat of hearing you, how would you describe States of Emotion’s sound in three words?

OH: Download Seeking Oblivion.

AMBY: How did the band come to form?

OH: We formed 11 years ago as teenagers through mutual friends at school. We barely knew each other at first but were like brothers nowadays. It was the old fashioned formula, buy instruments, learn 3 chords, practice on a Friday night in a shed at the bottom of the garden and then book a gig when you’re probably not ready to play one yet !

AMBY: Congratulations on your recent signing to Rinse, when can we expect to see an album?

OH: Thank you. As you can probably imagine, It’s something that we’re all very excited about. Our debut album Black and White to Gold will be out mid to late 2013. The recording is finished we just have to put the finishing touches on the mix at the beginning of the year.

AMBY: What does “We are the unsung” mean to you?

OH: I think any band that’s properly earned their stripes playing in shitty little boozers, working dead end jobs to fund their music careers, laying down cheap demos, getting fucked around by dickhead a & r people that don’t know their arse from their elbow and all the other gritty but necessary steps along the way have at least one inevitable period of sheer discontent where they feel like they deserve more…it all feels like its about to come on top and then suddenly something clicks into gear to reignite everyone’s spirit again. That’s what The Unsung is about, so it means the world to us. I hope that one day young aspiring musicians can relate to the lyrics and it will inspire them to charge on through the dark periods when it feels like it might never happen.

AMBY: Seeking Oblivion is a wicked track, what is the story behind the song?

OH: Nice 1 ! We wrote that last year when we first got the Rinse offer so we were all hyped up in the studio and on a real high for writing some tunes. I guess that’s where the jubilant energy in the music and melodies comes from in that one. The lyrical content is actually the polar opposite, it’s about the realities of addiction and how we have it in us all. I’ve experienced it first hand in my family and its something that’s with me every day. Like anyone that’s had to deal with it first hand it’s shaped who I am.

AMBY: You recently did a your with The Enemy, how was that experience?

OH: The tour with The Enemy and Antics easily has to be one of the best experiences we’ve had as a band so far. The Enemy fans are a fuckin great crowd, they love their Rock n Roll, they love their football, they love a beer. All the ingredients ya know ! The gigs were a pleasure to play. Simple as that…and both The Enemy and Antics are not only class bands but lovely people. We’ll have to do it again sometime !

AMBY: Describe your dream gig and who would be on the bill with you.

OH: We’d be headlining Wembley Stadium or the Pyramid Stage and the other acts on the bill would be our Essex family Electric Child House, The Bracknall and The Tomorrow Men.

AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?

OH: I can’t speak for the other members here but my 3 are The Stone Roses self tilted debut, The Prodigy The Fat of The Land and Nirvana Nevermind.

AMBY: What is the most memorable moment you have had while touring?

OH: Glasgow O2 academy, one of those gigs where you completely escape for half hour of your life and everything else comes to a stand still. It’s just you and the music. I don’t care if that sounds cheesy. I’m just being completely honest. There’s something special about the Scottish audiences. Any band that’s been lucky enough to play there will tell you that.

AMBY: Who’s the best band in the world?

OH: U2

AMBY: …And who’s the worst?

OH: I’m over being negative about other bands. It’s something I have naively participated in before and its just not where I’m at right now. The Drums are fucking shite though.

AMBY: What is the best song of 2012 so far?

OH: In my personal opinion Ill Mind of Hopsin 5 by Hopsin.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about States of Emotion that nobody knows yet?

OH: Bonzai took a shit in the flower bed of my Nans garden.


Download the stellar track Seeking Oblivion off their page here, and you’ll find you have a new song to adore. Keep an eye out for their debut album Black and White to Gold, set to be released in 2013. I’m sure you’ll hear about it on here when the time comes because from the tracks we’ve heard so far, this album is going to rock. Lastly, thank you Olly, for giving us your answers!


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