Hate Club is Back on Their Bullshit with 'A Clear Mistake"
Albany, NY, quartet Hate Club strikes the perfect balance between moody and energetic on their newest release, A Clear Mistake. The EP comes almost a whole year after their split release with fellow Albany band Bruiser & Bicycle.
Although only three tracks, the project packs just as much emotional punch as an EP twice the length. Audrey Goodemote and Noah Bondy wail together on vocals and guitar while Alex Brooks and Ian Kerr-Mace drive them forward on bass and drums, respectively.
The EP opens with “Hot Take.” The track sits at under three minutes, but Hate Club gets straight to the point: “All your favorite local bands moved away,” yowls Bondy. The opening lyrics feel especially appropriate when considered against the origins of the group. According to the band, Bondy and Goodemote “bonded over the Albany music scene and lack of femme participation,” upon meeting each other for the first time.
The feeling one gets from the second track— “Earth Sign” is oddly specific. It’s the type of song that you could have a good cry to after you egg the house of a lover who’s done you wrong. Although the layering of sounds is often intense, Goodmote’s lyrical delivery keeps the atmosphere of the song nostalgic. This is the track seems to fit best into Hate Club’s self-described “Tweemo” label. The guitar at the beginning is thick and hazy, and Brooks carries the track with his thrumming bass. A secondary guitar lends an almost shoegaze-esque feel and Goodmote’s and Bondy’s voices alternate with ease. Simply put, "Earth Sign” is a love song slathered in angst, and it works.
“Unpredictable” wraps things up. After some opening drums and guitar, Brooks takes a few seconds of solo air time to riff some delicious bass notes before letting Bondy take over again: “Windows made of plastic / A clear mistake / I don’t know what to do / Cause they just won’t break.” The track shines as the EP’s banger and it’s no wonder the band plucked out a line to use as the release’s title.
A Clear Mistake harks back to the constant emotional push and pulls of one’s teenage years. Yet it feels fresh and somehow even uplifting, with Goodemote’s clear voice layered on top of the band’s brash sound. Hate Club should feel triumphant with their newest body of work, especially considering the hurdles on the way to release. On the day of A Clear Mistake’s release, the group updated their fans with a Facebook post: “The Whole EP is out now! [. . .] Houses burning down and family emergencies tried to stop us but now WE’RE BACK ON OUR BULLSH*T.”
Even if “Tweemo” isn’t your genre of choice, grab the keys to your mom’s Dodge Caravan, drive to your high school parking lot, and give A Clear Mistake a listen.