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Last year Swedish indie rock outfit Hater released not only their great debut album “You Tried” (which was among my best albums of the year list) but also the EP with Red Blinders.

The band recently stopped into the Danish studio Tapetown to record a “Live At Tapetown” session, giving us a heavenly version of Red Blinders track “Blushing.” Fans of Alvvays should look no further, these guys will be  among your new favorite bands. Hater performed the set in Aarhus a few weeks back for a headlining set in TAPE.  They were positively grinning from ear to ear  when Hater was up for doing a Live At Tapetown session .  If you were one of the lucky few who happened to be there, you got a great lil’ show. It might have been the first time they’d performed in Aarhus . The rest of the indie-savvy scene is catching on to them. This might help if you’re new to the ball.

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You can imagine John Peel’s hurriedly inaccurate summation of a cold and unforgiving Swedish winter as he juxtaposes the big-jumper-like welcoming warmth of Hater. Their lush and tempered guitars are an almost Marr-approved Smiths-like foil for Caroline Landahl’s beautifully accented and accentuated vocal – it’s a heartwarming brew.

“We know little of their home town, Malmo,” Peel might have mused, caught up in Hater’s minor chord world weariness, “ Indeed. Hater are new to the game. This year’s well-received debut album, ‘You Tried’ earned comparisons to Alvvays, The Pretenders and even Jefferson Airplane, eclectic for sure, but that’s just incidental.

Their new EP distinguishes their very own super polished and intricate guitar-led dreamy pop. Featuring their first single for Fire Records, the wonderfully forlorn and truly lovesick ‘Blushing’ (we’ve all been there) and ‘Rest’ with its haunting monosyllabic guitar break, a super-clean chiming motif that seems like a closing salvo before it regains momentum and brings proceedings to a suitable climax, welcoming back Landahl for one last chorus.

The echoey eeriness of ‘Red Blinders’ could have come right out of the bubble blowing indie pop hey days of the early ‘80s, while ‘Penthouse’ is a chunkier c86 groove with a wind blowing through its motorik rhythm.

Hater release their new EP ‘Red Blinders’ on December 1st on Fire Records.

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“Their ability to effortlessly write songs that are devastating in their lyrical impact yet bewitching to hear is only rivaled by a few.” Revue

“Their unique take on rock music feels familiar and lived-in, taking bits from indie-pop, post-punk, and classic rock.” Stereogum

“Gorgeous, achingly bittersweet vocals, perpetually swaying between comforting and devastating.” Gorilla Vs Bear

Hater New EP ‘Red Blinders’
Out December 1st

It’s been a quick rise for Swedish indie pop quartet Hater. Formed last year by friends in Malmö, the band released an EP in July with PNKSLM Recordings (the label responsible for keeping Sweden weird, learning them comparisons ranging from The Pretenders to Alvvays. They now return to PNKSLM for their full length debut, proclaimed by many blogs, to be their favorite album of 2017 so far, citing frontwoman Caroline Landahl’s “gorgeous, achingly bittersweet vocals, perpetually swaying between comforting and devastating.” An assured and consistent record, “You Tried” blends jangle with grit.
Hater was formed this spring by Caroline Landahl, Måns Leonartsson, Adam Agace and Lukas Thomasson, all musicians based in Sweden’s third biggest city Malmö, just across the strait from Copenhagen, who’d all had their share of experience in other local acts before deciding to strike out as Hater. They quickly set to recording what would become their debut EP Radius, working with Joakim Lindberg, and soon signed with PNKSLM Recordings who released the EP in early July. Taking their musical cues from the likes of Alvvays, The Pretenders, Neil Young and The Radio Dept, all led by Landahl’s gorgeous vocals, Hater soon drew a lot of attention, including praise from international music publications.

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Among those to declare themselves fans were the band’s heroes in The Radio Dept. who asked them to open for them on their first Scandinavian tour in five years. After spending the summer and early fall recording “You Tried” while touring around Sweden and making their UK debut show in London, Hater will be touring with The Radio Dept. later this year ahead of a full UK and EU tour around the album release this spring. With You Tried Hater easily establishes themselves as Sweden’s most exciting new indie act, offering up a sound that’s both instantly accessible and grows with every listen.

Digitally released Hater’s debut EP “Radius” earlier this year to critical acclaim, which is also included for the first time pressed to 7″ vinyl in this Limited Edition Deluxe Package. Only 50 of these packages are available, which also includes the exclusive T-shirt, designed by Caroline, the band’s lead singer. Hater are from Malmö, Sweden.

It takes something very special to get us this psyched about indie pop but in Hater’s case, that is the raw emotional heft of frontwoman Caroline Landahl‘s gorgeous, achingly bittersweet vocals, perpetually swaying between comforting and devastating.
“Lead single “Mental Haven” is awash with chiming guitar chords and shimmering synth embellishments, an old-school rock song shrouded in indie-pop softness. Second single from Hater’s debut LP You Tried, out March 10th via PNKSLM Recordings.

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Ive listened to a couple of excellent tracks from the Swedish indie-pop quartet Hater’s debut EP Radius during this summer. Now they’re back with some new music in the shape of new single Mental Haven, the first from their upcoming debut LP You Triedwhich is due on 10th March 2017.

Mental Haven is full of chiming guitar chords and shimmering synth embellishments, Its an old-school rock song shrouded in indie-pop softness” along with the urgency of their debut tracks, it has  both emotion and heart. We suspect fans of Alvvays to the Pretenders will find something to like

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Lead single from Hater’s debut LP You Tried, due March 10 via PNKSLM Recordings