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First Hate

October 17, 2017


WATCH & SHARE: First Hate – “A Prayer For The Unemployed” Video

“omnipresent melodic nod to the 80s, and vocals that are at once commanding, wavering and sensitive” – Noisey

“bright, synthetic pop music from yearning melodies, sparkling Euro trance keyboards, and padding club beats.” – Pitchfork

“the wistful harmonicas on tracks like ‘The One’ recall the Balearic beats of Korallreven, or New Order at their most lovelorn.” – The Line of Best Fit

“a new wave banger that makes great use of Anton Falck’s deep, romantic voice… spoken word passages and harmonica breaks that give me serious The The vibes, and it all builds to a gloriously euphoric climax.” – Stereogum

“a pristine piece of teenage melancholia… an exciting new voice in the burgeoning nostalgia-tinged comedown-pop scene.” – The Guardian

a compelling balance of beatific and elegiac pop.” – the FADER

First Hate shares their latest video “A Prayer For The Unemployed” via Noisey, who says the duo “have a knack for making the mundane feel weirdly beautiful.” The song is the title track from their debut album, which was released earlier this year via Escho Records. First Hate explains that the video is about a “love story from the afterlife”. You can check it out here.
Rising from the snake pit into the international spotlight, it’s been a short and steady climb for Copenhagen duo First Hate. Since the release of their self-titled debut EP in September 2014, which featured hit singles “Girls In The Club” and “In My Dreams”, the band showcased early on music that transcends genres, making the underground more accessible through piercing beats. In support of the EP, they toured with both Trentemøller (October 2014) and Iceage (April 2015).Summer 2015 was spent in the studio which resulted in the follow-up EP The Mind Of A Gemini (released on Escho in March 2016). Headline shows at Lille Vega in Copenhagen and Tape in Aarhus proved the band’s steady rise was now hitting a bigger audience, with singles “White Heron” and “Trojan Horse” getting heavy rotation on national radio. 2016 found the band on the road with fellow Copenhageners Lust For Youth around Europe plus tours across Asia and North America and festival dates across the world including a notable triumphant set headlining the Countdown Stage at Roskilde Festival.

First Hate’s debut album A Prayer For The Unemployed is out now via Escho Records.