Formed in Malmö during the early part of 2016, the sweet but spiky indie pop quartet Hater follow in the long tradition of sparklingly clean Swedish indie pop like the Concretes and Club 8.
Their ultra-melodic songs aren't afraid to get a little dark, however, and in vocalist Caroline Landahl the band has a singer who can go beyond bittersweet and into real sadness when the need arises.
Comprising Landahl (who also plays guitar), guitarist Måns Leonartsson, bassist Adam Agace, and drummer Lukas Thomasson, all of whom had experience playing in other bands in the city, Hater began recording their first single almost immediately after forming. With producer Joakim Lindberg at the helm, they recorded a three-song EP and soon signed with Swedish label PNKSLM, who released the EP in July of 2016. By the time the record was out, the band was back in the studio working with Lindberg for a full album. The finished product, You Tried, was released by PNKSLM in July of 2017, and the band soon went on tour with the Radio Dept. The album garnered a lot of positive press and also caught the ear of London's Fire Records, which signed the band to a contract.
Their first release for the label was a four-song EP, Red Blinders, which came out in December of 2017. Hater headed out on a headlining tour of Europe, then retreated with Lindberg to Studio Sickan outside Malmö to begin recording their second album. The bandmembers worked together to come up with a more diverse batch of songs, with influences ranging from widescreen synth pop to sparse post-punk ballads. Siesta was issued in September of 2018 by Fire Records; then the band launched another headlining tour of Europe and the U.K. ~ Tim Sendra, Rovi