Never has a name been so purposely utilised, like a badge of pride that has grown beyond its deferential snub. HTRK, or Hate Rock, have been pressing their minimalist and emotionless presence into our lives since 2003. Their music a disconnected soundtrack to electronic dreams, and not the kind you’d want to share.
During a tour of the US in 2011, HTRK entered the studio of Los Angeles radio station KXLU with tour-mates Tropic of Cancer to record a live session for the Part-Time Punks radio show. The session has since been put to vinyl on Ghostly International, a 12″ six track affair released appropriately in time for Halloween. Trick or treat, take your pick.
To accompany this, HTRK have paired the session version of “Fascinator” (which originally appeared on 2009’s Marry Me Tonight) with visuals taken from 1992 Japanese S&M film ‘Tokyo Decadence’. Somehow this doesn’t seem at all surprising.