Art Thieves operate on a higher sonic plane with ‘Hate Me Harder’


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It’s tough to put too much stock these days into online buzz or so-called word on the street, but there’s a real sensation of ecstatic energy brewing around Art Thieves’ new record, Russian Rats.

A few of its dozens tracks have already surfaced on Bandcamp ahead of its Friday (September 14) release via State Line Records, and now the anthemic Quincy punks have shared another certified ripper of a track in the mindful-yet-confrontational “Hate Me Harder.” The track slashes along in proper guitar-rock fashion before a suffocatingly blissful chorus suggests the trio are operating on a higher sonic plane. And its lyrical theme furthers that assertion.

“In The Godfather, Kay Corleone knew that the only way she could get out of her marriage is to tell Michael that she had an abortion,” Art Thieves’ Andrew Moreyellow tells Vanyaland. “Sometimes we feel that we need to self-destruct to move forward. ‘Hate Me Harder’ is about your claws coming out because you’ve been backed into a corner and have nothing to lose.”

It’s also the sound of a band about to flip the city on its head. Art Thieves celebrate Russian Rats with a record release party October 6 at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston alongside Stemwinder, Michael Kane and the Morning Afters, and Blood Built Empire. They’ll also be performing at Street Dogs’ 13th Annual Wreck The Halls at Brighton Music Hall on December 13, just in time for all those Best of 2018 lists to start cluttering your news feeds.