Music Hates You is the angriest band in Athens, Georgia. In a town known for esoteric pop bands and quirky, sometimes precious, singer/songwriters, Music Hates You is the dissenting vote- the sound of disenchantment. We are not students. We are not artistes and what we do is not entertainment. A Music Hates You fan is not simply a consumer. We are not your monkey and you are not our meal ticket.
This is not art. It is something more elemental.
Music Hates You is a thunderous live band, a cacophonous tumult of sound and flying bodies. At our best shows, the line is so blurred between us and our audience that it is impossible to know where We begin and They end. Excellent. Perfect. Music Hates You is a community, yes, but also something more intentional. Our audience comes to us with their accumulated anger, grief, disappointment, and sadness and we bring them noise and boundless love.
Everything we do is to protect this relationship. This is Our Mission.
This is, therefore, not New Punk, nor is it Mall Punk or Nu Metal. Once, while searching for a name for what we do, we pondered the grime under our fingernails, our battered boots, the sorry state of our jeans, our empty pockets, and the stink of our lives. “Dirt metal,” someone said. Dirt metal it is, then.
Our live show is our reputation, and we mean for this album to be an extension of that- a hurricane of sweat, blood, spit, whiskey and shattered equipment.
‘Send More Paramedics’ is a document of the last year of our lives. It is an angry, desperate album for angry, desperate times. Recorded over the course of seven months, for us it is no longer music. ‘Send More Paramdics’ is the sound of jobs lost, electricity turned off (then on, then back off again), speaker cabinets burning, drumheads splitting, strings breaking, tendonitis, tinitus, fistfights, depression, drunkenness, debt, disappointment and lost opportunities. We are restless men and unmanageable. Simply muscling this across the finish line and into your hands is a kind of victory.
This is our revenge for the year 2005. MHY goes on and 2005 is dead.
Send More Paramedics.
What the Press Say about Music Hates You:
When you’re staring down a band like Athens’ Music Hates You, it’s like coming face-to-face with a grizzly. You know you’re going to get batted around, but if you can escape at all, you’ll call yourself fortunate. -Andy Stokes, Metrospirit Magazine, Augusta, GA
For the uninitiated, let me just say this: Music Hates You is brutal. These guys are seriously one of the heaviest bands to ever call our town home.
-Gordon Lamb, Flagpole Magazine, Athens, GA
Right now, there’s a band in Athens called Music Hates You that I think is fucking great, but they’re a vicious metal band that doesn’t subscribe to the art-student vibe.
-Hugo Burnham, Gang of Four
Harder than hard Athens band Music Hates You has found that this format is the best possible avenue for their music. “You’re more likely to get punched in the face [live than] when you’re in the studio,” notes drummer Patrick, “I think it’s important to make the distinction between that being a bad thing and being something that we expect. A live show is a free-for-all. It’s not like we draw a line between audience and performer where it’s like ‘You stand there and watch us and we’ll stand here and play.’ A lot of times this [approach] takes the form of a giant, swirling mosh pit or people jumping off the speakers. It’s important that it’s a participatory experience.”
-Southeastern Performer Magazine, Atlanta, GA
Vocalist and guitarist Noah of local metal band Music Hates You has no explanation for the rage that drives him. “Some people are on fire,” he says. “There is no ‘real’ reason, just convenient targets. I spare none.” He is so devoted to current project Music Hates You, Ray denies involvement in any other band. “This is the alpha and omega of everything I have worked toward.” Describing the heated grindcore he and fellow members Zaxx(guitar), Frst (bass) and Patrick (drums) spew out, he says: “It’s dirt metal, straight from the red mud of Georgia’s junkyards.”
-Deirdre Sugiuchi, Flagpole Magazine, Athens, GA