UK Artist of the Week: The Hate Eighties

The Hate Eighties are more than just a musical act. To be honest, when we first saw their promo shots we were immediately turned off—wife beater vests, band branded baseball caps, and “fuck you” glares don’t really do it for us. But, we were gently prodded to dig a little deeper, and what we found was pretty special.

The duo is from Glasgow and pride themselves as being a sort of fully immersive art outfit lifting the lid on the relationship between creativity and commerce. Their debut album, POW takes place in a dystopian future (or present) where corporations have won and control everything we consume. They perform shows as alter egos Sebastian & Lucius, where they spin their take on reality using their music and specifically made art pieces during the show.

As for their sound—the track we’ve heard so far has electronic pop written all over it, but on repeat plays you realise that it is laced with hidden lyrical razor blades ready to slice away at the listener’s expectations. Very much recommend that you keep a close eye on these guys, as they’re cooking up something extraordinary.

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