Hater – “Had It All”
From You Tried, out March 10 via PNKSLM Recordings
Listen to and embed “Had It All”
“the new single from our favorite record of the year” – Gorilla vs. Bear
Following the release of their debut EP last summer and previous singles “Mental Haven”, the Swedish indie pop quartet Hater are now back with new single “Had It All”, which premiered on Gorilla vs. Bear last night. “Had It All” is the second single from the band’s upcoming debut LP You Tried, which is due on March 10 via PNKSLM Recordings. A big step forward for the young act, more confident and melodious than the EP, but still retaining the urgency along with a heavy dose of both emotion and heart.
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 (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 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.
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
Listen to “Mental Haven” via Spotify // Apple Music // Deezer // Tidal // YouTube
Listen to the Radius EP via Spotify // Apple Music // Deezer // Tidal
Listen, buy and embed the Radius EP via Bandcamp
Press for Radius EP and “Mental Haven”:
“one of the most gorgeous guitar songs in recent memory” – Stereogum
“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