As hardcore began to subside in the late-‘80s, Annapolis, Maryland’s Hated faced a sonic confluence of speed and melody. They chose melody. On 1988’s “Someone” vocalist/guitarist Erik Fisher trades the political for the personal, pondering his fading adolescence and the scene changing around him. Colin Meeder’s return on bass after a two year absence is felt acutely in the warm strums that echo Dan Littleton’s distortion-free guitar jangle. Drummer Ken Hill holds the explosive session together, guiding the song’s multiple pulse and dynamic volume changes over the course of an unrelenting five minutes. A prime example of early emo, “Someone” picks up where Revolution Summer left off and points towards the punk evolution to come.
- The Hated Someone