The Hates’ unlikely debut was at a black tie affair in downtown Houston on December 15, 1978 opening for Louisiana’s King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier under the name of Guyana Boys Choir. Dropping the moniker but keeping the material, frontman Christian Arnheiter and bassist Robert Kainer recruited Glenn Sorvisto to play drums. This lineup recorded two EPs and ushered in the next decade performing “No Talk in the Eighties” at the stroke of midnight, December 31st, 1979 on the stage of the now-defunct Paradise Island. When the rhythm section graduated high school, Glenn moved to San Francisco and Robert went on to attend the University of Texas in Austin. Christian then filled out the lineup with 17-year old Lawrence Baker and San Antonio medical student Paul Minot. Together they recorded the Hates’ first
eight-song 12” vinyl LP entitled, Panacea. But the Hates would see numerous personnel changes over the next few years due to the scarcity of venues that welcomed their kind of music.
In 1990, Christian made a back-to-basics effort to redefine his vision of punk. The outcome was an uncompromising minimalist landscape that evolved into the band’s next offering to the masses. Bassist Eric Andrews and drummer John Hawkins, provided the fire to temper Arnheiter’s 13-song manifesto, a cassette tape christened New World Oi. Long after this lineup’s demise, a German record label, Bullet, released this punk rock proclamation on CD.
The next incarnation of the Hates, with Screech pounding on drums and Daid Deviant burning up the bass, finally invaded the mainstream by playing outdoor events and short-lived venues while shooting videos and recording the most material to date. Texas Insanity and Greatest Hates were the crowning achievements before it was all said and done. After slugging it out amongst the over-21 bar Neanderthals or the catering to the occasional kiddy-friendly events, Daid sided with Christian when he inducted Joel Mora to take over the drums. Their efforts produced 1999’s Forbidden Existence, which unleashed politically-charged lyrics in a music form that was now referred to as “old school” onto a Y2K-obsessed society.
In 2004, the Hates toured Texas, Nevada, Arizona, and California, playing for longtime fans and wide-eyed newcomers alike, making an impression everywhere they went. Incorporating various experiences from his travels to Australia and the UK, Christian produced some tongue-in-cheek, slang-tinged ditties. "Gonna Get Pissed Tonight" quickly became a favourite sing-along amongst the crowds at Hates shows.
In late 2007, the Hates went back in the studio to work on their first self-produced release in more than six years, dubbed 30 Years of Hate - 1978 - 2008. The album slams twenty purist punk songs into a fast and furious CD, spanning from one of the first Hates songs never released, through the years of previously unreleased material and four brand spankin' new songs to start a pit with.
The Hates in the Press
“Seeing this Houston punk rock institution zipping about town on his Vespa is a sentimental reminder of the city’s amazing hard-core underground scene from two decades ago. Unmistakable in his well-coiffed pink mohawk, Arnheither (aka Christian Anarchy) carries on the flame fronting the Hates, who rocked things heartily at the Art Car Parade.”
- Ultimate Houston Guide, Houston Chronicle
“Every song has a rambunctious youthfulness, words that pour forth with a snarl and a rhythm that almost almost runs off without the lyrics. Standouts include the fiery "Teenage Psychopath" (1992), the catchy "No Talk in the 80s" (1979), and the sunny "Houston" (1982).”
- Sarah Cress, Houston Chronicle
“Ultra catchiness, fully audible high-speed vocals and no let-up in the power pushes...” “Liven up a dull life and put style in your stride with the Hates!”
- Pookie, Flipside Magazine
“The Hates’ songwriting is as strong as ever. They’re striving towards continual existence against the odds, trying to reestabilsh the punk community in Houston. The Hates are the future of punk rock in Houston if
there is to be a future.”
- Exithor, Rivethead
“The Hates are proof that the spirit of the original 1977 punk band is still alive.”
- Diane Harrington, Public News
“The Hates are a band from Houston who follow the rough and ready tradition which has made Texas bands great.”
- Brian, Beef Magazine
“This is the Hates from the early 80s, and they’ve kept that early 80s sound. Speedy tunes with roving bass lines and well-placed hooks.”
- Hal MacLean, Maximum RockNRoll Press
The Boys in the Band
South of Houston, Texas is the small town of Santa Fe where Joel Mora grew up. In his youth, he and his friends took turns on various instruments, trying to ﬁnd who would be best to ﬁll out which position in the band they wanted to put together. Joel could have ended up as a guitar player, but when someone left their drum kit behind, he decided to give it a go. Years later, a friend of Joel’s who was a Hates fan literally drove the veteran drummer an hour into town to audition for Christian’s band. That fateful evening led to more than ten years of broken drumsticks and sweaty black t-shirts with the Hates.
Daid Deviant’s ﬁrst musical rumblings were heard in his parent’s garage when he took to learning how to play drums, guitar, and bass as a high school student. His hard and fast approach to playing led him to ﬁlling the bass slot for the Hates, a position he has kept for the past ﬁfteen years.
It was during Christian Arnheiter’s high school years in Houston, Texas that his love for rock music prompted him to buy a guitar from a downtown music
store. The next few years brought sporadic lessons and evening jam sessions
while working as an assemblyman at a valve company. It all seemed to fall into place for him when punk started to wield its inﬂuence on the Gulf Coast
in the late Seventies, which inspired him to take a stab at songwriting. The early results were minimalistic, ﬁre-driven songs which have evolved over the decades with humorous and more complex ideas both lyrically and musically.