The Hope Conspiracy
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|The Hope Conspiracy|
|Origin||Boston, Massachusetts, USA|
Equal Vision Records
|Associated acts||Pure Love
All Pigs Must Die
The Suicide File
Give Up the Ghost
Holy Roman Empire
Ten Yard Fight
The Hope Conspiracy is a hardcore punk band from Boston, Massachusetts that formed late 1999. They were picked up by Equal Vision Records and Bridge 9 Records before signing a deal with Deathwish Records.
With the help of Mark Thompson of Tortuga and Hydra Head Records, The Hope Conspiracy headed to Godcity Studios in Norwood, Massachusetts to record their first demo in November 1999. It consisted of three songs ("Escapist", "Divinity Sickness", and "When the Doves Fly"). They produced 1000 copies of the tape, and managed to present 200 copies at their first show with black and white covers (which were quickly made on the way to the gig). Then they produced 800 more color copies of the demo cover based on a design by Aaron Turner. In early 2000, Turner brought up the idea of the demo cassette being put on CD and 7" vinyl, and the band accepted the invitation. The CD version contained one extra song, "It Meant Nothing". In both demos, the song "When the Doves Fly" was renamed to "Regret Kills". This demo is now out of print.
In July 2000, The Hope Conspiracy set out recording their debut full-length entitled Cold Blue on Equal Vision Records. The 10-song album was recorded in a week in both Godcity Studios and The Outpost in Stoughton, Massachusetts. It was released on October 23, 2000. In the next two years the band toured off of this album, contributed a cover of "Nervous Breakdown" to the Back on Black 7" Black Flag tribute on Initial Records, and released an EP called File 03 on Bridge 9 Records. File 03 was a rerelease of their original demo tracks plus two new tracks (one song of original material called "No Love Goes Unpunished" and a cover of Naked Raygun's "Treason"). The European version of "File 03" is available from Join the Team Player Records.
When it came time to record their second full-length, the band had gone through what they called "a long overdue lineup solidification." The album, entitled Endnote, was recorded during May and June 2002 in Brooklyn, New York's Atomic Studios. The 12-song album was produced by Dean Baltunosis and was released on October 17, 2002. In November 2002, Deathwish Records released a limited split 7" with The Suicide File with a song called "Failure", which was an outtake from earlier recording sessions.
Their third album, Death Knows Your Name, was released on September 19, 2006 on Deathwish Records. The album has received favorable reviews. As a teaser, the record label released the Hang Your Cross EP in July 2006.
With high anticipation surrounding new material (recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios) "True Nihilist EP 7"" was released in 2009 on Deathwish Inc.
- Kevin Baker - Vocals (1999–present)
- Neeraj Kane - Guitar (1999–2001; 2006–present; mainly participates in songwriting)
- Jonas Feinberg - Bass (1999–present)
- Jared Shavelson - Drums (2002–present)
- Jim Carroll - Guitar (live appearances 2003–present; usually replaces Kane for live dates)
- Adam Patterson - Drums (1999–2002)
- Dan Zimmerman - Guitar (1999–2002)
- Aaron Lisi - Guitar (2001–2003)
- Jarrod Alexander - Drums (2002)
- Tim Cossar - Guitar (2005–2008)
- Self-titled Demo (1999, 2000 Life Recordings)
- Cold Blue (2000 Equal Vision Records)
- File 03 (2001 Bridge 9 Records / European Version on Join the Team Player Records)
- Endnote (2002 Equal Vision Records)
- Limited Split 7" with The Suicide File (2002 Deathwish Records)
- Hang Your Cross EP (2006 Vinyl Version on Deathwish Records / CD Version licensed to Resist Records)
- Death Knows Your Name (2006 Deathwish Records)
- True Nihilist 7' (2009 Vinyl Deathwish Records)