Down The Rabbit Hole with Love Like Hate

Right when you’re hanging out for some good, broody tunes for wintry nights, Brisbane duo Love Like Hate have dropped their debut EP Rabbit Hole, and it’s an earful of feels. Recorded with Lachlan Mitchell, Rabbit Hole recalls The Jezabels in its drama and instrumentation. It’s not a record you chuck on while cooking tea, or driving home from work – it’s more the sort you turn up really loud when you’ve got the house to yourself and you’re lying on the lounge room floor midway through a bottle of red. (We all do that, right?) It’s intense, atmospheric music that demands attention.

Heather Cheketri (vocals/guitar) and Sonja Ter Horst (piano) blend post-punk sensibilities with melodic piano. Lead single ‘21’ is tightly-coiled ball of tension and teenaged hunger. It’s that all-too-familiar malaise – wanting to keep someone “baited”, but being too clumsy. Cheketri’s frustration is palpable, and it’ll have you feeling adolescent all over again. You can have a gander at the video here:

Ter Horst’s piano moves seamlessly between rhythm and theatrics, with the cascading arpeggios of ‘Not My Heart’ showcasing her skills. ‘Porcelain Brothel’ trades drums for galloping chords that drive the refrain, while Chektri turns embittered lover.

Love Like Hate are hitting the road for a tour that coincides with the release of their EP. Dates are as follows:

Friday August 10 – Buddha Brewery, Byron Bay
Saturday August 11 – Tatts Hotel, Lismore
Friday August 17– The Cornish Arms, Melbourne
Friday August 31 – Red Rattler ‘Scooter‘, Sydney
Friday September 7 – Beetle Bar, Brisbane
Saturday September 29– Lansdowne, Sydney

You can listen to the rest of the EP and download ‘21’ for free here.

Jennifer D


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