Composed of vocalist Jonnine Standish and guitarist Nigel Yang, the Australian band HTRK (pronounced “Hate Rock” spent a week of songwriting here at La Tour-de-Peilz before performing live at the legendary Bad Bonn in Düdingen.
Across nearly two decades of work, wounds and world tours, their sound has shape-shifted between densities and intensities, noise and nakedness, but never wavered in its delicate poetic gravity. Theirs is a chemistry of smoke, echo, and the undertows of desire, the dislocation of cities and memory, the melancholy of distance and deepening night. It’s music of solitude and sensuality, for small hours and lost weekends, spoken in an intimate shadowplay language of skeletal electronics, velvet voice, and noir guitar.
HTRK’s albums have been released by an array of international labels including Fire Records (Nostalgia), Blast First Petite (Marry Me Tonight), Boomkat Editions (Over The Rainbow), and Ghostly International (Psychic 9-5 Club, Venus In Leo). For the occasion of their most recent full-length, the celebrated slowburn suite “Rhinestones”, they founded their own artist imprint, N&J Blueberries.
HTRK at La Becque, photos Cynthia Mai Ammann