GRAHAM Massey is remarkably enthusiastic for a man who has just spent two months touring the United States. Especially when you consider the average 808 State concert goes on for about eight hours. ''The show in Hongkong is going to be spectacular, unlike anything you've ever seen,'' he said. ''It's not just going to be blasts of techno music, we've got a 'real' band with guitar, percussion even saxophone to give the show variety. We've also got two singers. ''There's going to be a spectacular light show including a laser rig. It's going to give the whole event a great atmosphere.'' 808 State has good reason to be excited about the Hongkong show. The response to its unique blend of hard, fast techno dance music and more soulful, ambient music has been fantastic on the US tour. Massey sees no reason why this should not be the same in Hongkong. The band's progression from Manchester disc jockeying to a world tour has been remarkable. It has been on top of the pile throughout the progression of the rave scene in Britain, since its birth in the late 1980s. But Massey feels that, unlike the early days, the rave scene is no longer confined to Britain. ''There's a global dance network now,'' he said. ''DJ's find it easier to get hold of records and this means that our style of dance music has spread.'' 808 State is seen as the leader in the field, because it has enjoyed critical and commercial success. However, the band is never easy to pin down. The debut single in 1989, Pacific State, was a mellow, ambient instrumental that went Top 10 in Britain and became the dance anthem of the year. This led to the more pop-orientated partnership with Manchester rapper MC Tunes. More recently 808 State hit Top 20 in Britain with One in Ten, a rework of the UB40 classic. The new album, Gorgeous, is much deeper than 1991s Ex:El and should dispel criticism levelled at electronic dance music, that it lacks soul or real feeling. ''Some people get lost in technology,'' Massey said. ''But you can express things with your music rather than just play it. The new album is much more emotional.'' The list of stars the band has worked with is long and impressive: there have been recordings with New Order's Bernard Sumner; former Echo and the Bunnymen singer Ian McCulloch; and Bjork from the Sugarcubes. Thanks to its reputation as a support act which gets the crowd going, 808 State has backed Madness and The Farm, and will be touring the US with New Order this summer. Working with other musicians is one way in which 808 State keeps an element of surprise in its music. The band hates the idea of dance music becoming tired. ''After touring and travelling as much as we did in 1991, it's a weird thing to stay in one place, to sit down and start writing again,'' Massey said. ''But the advantage is that sometimes you have to be uncomfortable to get the creative edge back. It stops you getting lazy.'' After Hongkong, the band has shows planned in Japan and Singapore and considering its summer commitments, the pace does not look like slowing down for 808 State. Later this week a 24-hour answer phone goes on line to announce the venue for the gig. For information call: 317-0313.