Hater – “You Tried”
New single and video out now, debut LP You Tried out now via PNKSLM Recordings.
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Following the release of their acclaimed debut album You Tried Swedish indie pop quartet Hater are now releasing the title track “You Tried” as the fourth single from the album, along with the official visuals made by Nils Ekman, which premiered on GoldFlakePaint alongside a new interview with the band.
The debut album You Tried finds the band taking a big step forward, with a more confident and melodious effort than the EP, but still retaining the urgency along with a heavy dose of both emotion and heart. It arrived following praise from ex Stereogum, Gorilla vs. Bear, The Line of Best Fit, DIY, The FADER, KEXP and in the interview the band revealed that they’ve just recorded a brand new EP which is set for release this fall.
Following a packed out London show this weekend and a Scandinavian tour earlier this year Hater are set to play Stockholm next week for PNKSLM’s fourth birthday party before heading out on tour this summer, with gigs at ex Roskilde Festival announced already.
Hater was formed last 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 (a Malmö based producer who’s previously worked with acclaimed Swedish indie acts such as YAST and Hey Elbow), 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 such as The FADER, DIY and The Line of Best Fit.
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 toured with The Radio Dept. late last year ahead.
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.
2. Mental Haven
3. Common Way
4. Had It All
5. Cry Later
6. Always To Get By
7. Heavy Hearts
8. Stay Gold
9. You Tried
Press for Hater:
“An assured and consistent record, You Tried blends jangle with grit.” – Hype Machine
“In the most basic terms, it’s just an excellent album that you really ought to check out” – Stereogum
“our favorite record of the year” – Gorilla vs. Bear
““Cry Later” is a very good lovelorn indie-pop song that’s elevated to greatness by Caroline Landahl‘s gorgeous, pining vocals, which radiate with a warmth and fragile strength that destroys all of the feels every time.” – Gorilla vs. Bear
“awash with chiming guitar chords and shimmering synth embellishments, an old-school rock song shrouded in indie-pop softness” – Stereogum
“Hater have carved out a niche of breezy guitars and star-spangled refrains ripe for getting lost in” – The Line of Best Fit
“wistful indie of the highest order, drenched in emotion and longing” – Wonderland
“their best pop song yet” – GoldFlakePaint
“Something really wonderful happens when Hater‘s Caroline Landahl sings. With her flooring combo of urgency and emotion, new track ‘Mental Haven’ bursts with enough warmth for everyone on the coldest of days.” – Ja Ja Ja
“a gorgeous starting-point; gnarly guitars and an eerily distinct lead vocal that seems to diver the entire day down some unexpectedly clouded pathway” – GoldFlakePaint
“drips with raw and misty passion – The FADER
“A whirlwind of energy wrapped in a reverb-heavy haze, the track storms without being showy, enticing the listener into a brand new world.” – The Line of Best Fit
“gorgeously melodic bass playing and guitar jangle work to create a serene atmosphere, the track’s hoarse, husky vocal take (sounding as if it were recorded just after a fierce lover’s quarrel) pierces through the blanket of reverb with a startling urgency” – Under the Radar