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The Hated

Every Song

After returning from a hellacious summer tour, the Hated returned to Annapolis in the fall of 1988 to regroup and reconsider their future. Great strides had been made sonically too, as the band transitioned from their D.C. hardcore roots to a sound all their own. “We continued to dwell on characteristically dark and esoteric subjects,” guitarist Erik Fisher said, “linking the personal to the political, and the mundane to the theological—our songwriting was also becoming more poignant and exposed.” EverySong is what spilled out.

Original Hated bassist Colin Meeder had rejoined the fold, and they began tracking the seven-song album at Les Lentz’s L.S.P. Studio in December. “There’s a touch of levity, such as in the explosive energy of ‘Anonymous’ or the melodious freedom of ‘Someone,’ which together bookend the album,” Fisher said. The Hated stuffed every idea they had into what would be their last released album, with drummer Kenny Hill adding a hammered dulcimer to Dan Littleton’s crisp, acoustic picking. When all was said and done they’d created emo’s first album masterpiece.

“We were not a disciplined gang or cult, but somehow we ended up a monster band,” Meeder said.