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When: 7.30pm on Friday 2 November 2018
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be welcoming Swedish quartet Hater back to Manchester – with guest Jennifer Castle!

Hater have announced the release of new album Siesta, which comes out on 28 September. Resolute in their sound, Siesta is the perfect soundtrack for that summer romance and the inevitable break up. Heartbreak has never sounded so sweet!

Hater’s powerful vulnerability and charm has seen them rise quickly through the ranks earning kudos from NPR (Austin 100), Stereogum (Best New Bands Of 2017), The Fader, BBC6 Music, BBC Radio 1 and more.

Sprawling guitars chime while slow-burning grooves and classic rock rhythms allow tender-hearted vocals to soar over intelligible dream pop. Effortless and assured, the Scandi quartet drift eloquently into well-structured and stunning melodies.

Produced by Joakim Lindberg (Yast and Hey Elbow) at Studio Sickan within old railway sheds outside of Malmö. Hater tackle their personal experiences of life, love and relationships yet through their shared songwriting there’s a togetherness. Synth pop earworm It’s So Easy contrasts the slower paced I Wish I Gave You More Time Because I Love You that blends beautiful sweeping sax from Inge Petersson Lindbäck. The haunting metronomic beat of I Sure Want To calls to mind local residents Death And Vanilla, Hollywood glamour exudes on shimmering Things To Keep Up With and Cut Me Loose captures those long youthful days of summers gone by.. ‘Wouldn’t it be fun? Noon is halfway and I feel gone’.

Hater ‘boast Marr-esque guitars and vocals reminiscent of fellow Swedes The Concretes‘ (Norman Records) while having the pop sensibilities of The Chills, Alvvays, Snail Mail and Makthaverskan.

In early 2017 Hater released their debut album You Tried, blending jangle with grit. Their recent EP Red Blinders (Fire Records) soon followed in support of their first headline tour across Europe. Festivals in 2018 have already included SxSW, Eurosonic and Ment.

Hater release Siesta on limited edition yellow opaque double LP, standard black vinyl and CD via Fire Records.

‘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

Special guest is Toronto’s Jennifer Castle. Over the course of her fruitful career in music, Jennifer Castle has collaborated with U.S. Girls, Owen Pallett, Doug Paisley, Fucked Up and Kath Bloom; she has toured with Destroyer, Steve Gunn, Cass McCombs, Kurt Vile, Iron & Wine and M. Ward, among others. Daniel Romano has even recorded a song called ‘Jennifer Castle’. But never before has she sounded so certain of her uncertainty, or so possessed by the urgency of her explorations.

Angels of Death was produced by Castle and longtime collaborator Jeff McMurrich. Although augmented by notable other players at subsequent sessions, the core band comprised Paul Mortimer on lead guitar, David Clarke on acoustic guitar, Jonathan Adjemian on organ/piano, Mike Smith on bass (he also wrote the string arrangements), Robbie Gordon on drums, and Castle on guitar and vocals. Much of it, and most of Jennifer’s vocal tracks, were recorded live in the church over one cold weekend; ‘the moon,’ Castle reflects, ‘was a member of the band’.

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