First Hate’s “Copenhagen” Is A Druggy Pop Ode To Their City

The band’s debut album A Prayer For The Unemployed is out May 12, 2017.

First Hate’s “Copenhagen” Is A Druggy Pop Ode To Their City Photo by Magnus Bach

Now more than ever, songs about partying with ambivalent overtones feel very much in tune with the global mood. "Copenhagen" by First Hate is a compelling balance of beatific and elegiac pop. Gothy vocals on the hook intone,"Copenhagen city nights/ Just go with your girlfriends," as synths and vocal samples dance around them like peppy minnows in a grungy aquarium. Like recent Lust For Youth records, "Copenhagen" observes its surroundings with an affectionate and steeled gaze, in a way that's relatable to anyone who couldn't wait to leave the only place they've ever called home.

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“When we produced and wrote the song we had a movie scene going on in our heads," the band's Anton Falck Gansted told The FADER over email. "Glitches of nightlife and city boredom. A lonely movie scene. I always find myself being most at home when the morning calls and I detour home through the empty city. Leaving behind some crowded bar, or flat with other drugged up strangers trying to make the night last forever. Why did I stay this long?”

Listen to "Copenhagen" below. First Hate's debut album A Prayer For The Unemployed is out May 12 on Escho.

March 16, 2017
First Hate’s “Copenhagen” Is A Druggy Pop Ode To Their City