I’m not even sure if I could call this music. It’s definitely not popular music, maybe like sound art, definitely sound effects-y. HTRK (pronounced hate-rock) are a mysterious trio from Melbourne who recently relocated to Berlin, for what I assume is an artistic led decision in order to develop their curious musical leanings. The band was formed as a middle finger gesture to the retro rock revival that dominated their hometown scene of Melbourne (think Jet). Good friends of other rock haters My Disco, their shows are also played in excessively loud volume. So the song below, or maybe I should say the next piece, should be played the same way. Crank it up.

HTRK – ‘Hate Rock Trio’

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7 Responses

  1. Adam

    September 13, 2006 4:01 am

    Kudos for this post. Love this band… definately one of our most underrated bands. Am cautiously optimistic to hear their album… not sure what to make of the song they’ve put out. Pretty different. But definately growing on me.

  2. sarah

    October 11, 2007 1:53 am

    how funny, here i am googling htrk in a hostel in budapest, and what should i find but a blog post by you jerry!

    looking forward to seeing you in london x

  3. Teh

    January 26, 2009 8:56 am

    Sound art… Come on now if you know nothing about sound art or noise music than you shouldn’t write anything about it before doing some research on it….. They could be classified more as noise rock anyway not pure noise music as their music still has some more traditional elements… If you didn’t know there is a musical genre called noise… Generally the music has no beat, harmony melody, or any traditional compositional elements at all in fact most of it tends to be improvised not that there isn’t composed noise music but the composition style is not done in a traditional manner… Never the less the intention of the artist tends to be to make music… Sound art on the other hand does not intend to be music but just sound… That’s why there are things like sound sculpture 😉 Love it when ignorant people make comments like these….

  4. ...

    February 21, 2009 11:51 am

    wow i don’t give a shit about this at all, just reading about HTRK but ‘Teh’ that has managed to be one of the most arrogant posts i’ve ever read. enough so as to make me post a reply for the first time ever. well fucking done. go drown yourself in some sound sculpture. Jesus.



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