Who are they?
Hatari is a three-piece band from Reykjavík, consisting of members Klemens Hannigan, Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson, and Einar Stefánsson. They have been called art-pop punk, industrial goth, and many things in between. Their major calling cards are outrageous, visceral live shows and an underlying philosophy of deep social discontent.
When were they formed?
Though the band’s origins are murky, their first recorded appearance was at the Iceland Airwaves festival in 2016, where they sprang onto the scene fully formed, with a soul-searingly aggressive goth-horror aesthetic that immediately captured audiences’ imaginations, in addition to scaring the shit out of them.
What’s their style?
A harsh, combative, and in-your-face combination of chainsaw synths, guttural growls, and bludgeoning electronic beats, undergirded by a deeply pessimistic and anti-establishment take on life. Their work so far resists easy categorization; while influences are apparent from punk and industrial music, nothing quite like Hatari has ever come along before. They have occasionally faced criticism from goth purists for their irreverent mixture of art-house stylings with more traditional goth tropes, but as anyone who has been to one of their shows can attest, there is nothing inauthentic about this group.
Where can I listen?
Their four-track debut, the Neysluvara EP, is on Spotify and their Bandcamp page, released in October 2017 by their publisher, Svikamylla ehf.
Two videos from tracks off said EP:
Why should I go see them?
Because you won’t see anything like it anywhere else. It’s less of a live event and more of a life event. For a small example of their thunderous live show, as well as an interview detailing their aesthetic and philosophical angle, have a look at this:
“Neysluvara” EP (October 31, 2017)
“The years slip from you like breadcrumbs tossed in the trash.
They pile up on the heaps of broken dreams.
You look back and think:
Why did I sell myself–