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Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Hater - Red Blinders
Try if you like, but you really can't hate Hater, although after the first few notes of their new Red Blinders EP we don't think anyone would even try. The quick and simple take on the band is that they hoist the banner of glossy, shimmering Swedish indie pop and carry it proudly and well. Fine enough, I suppose, but in our view that is the lazy approach as Hater really offers more. The scope of the Malmo quartet's music finds room for elements of '80s post punk pop-rock, C-86, and dreampop. Then adding the band's lyrical talents, minor key melodic creations, and a mature ability to polish all of the components into coherent and seamless musical gems, you have some of the finest indie pop you are going to discover this year. Hater is a band that can can slay you with a few bittersweet words while thrilling your heart with adeptly chosen hooks and chords -- and you will love every second of it.
Red Blinders is released Friday, December 1 via Fire Records. And note that Hater is scheduled to perform at SXSW in 2018.