On March 31, Nashville-based rockers, Lost Hearts, released their debut single, “Hate Yourself.” The arena-ready banger explores a toxic love-hate relationship in which breaking free and remaining entangled both come at a cost.
“Do you hate yourself for loving me as much as I loved you?” vocalist Matt Frye sings in the opening line. And from there, “Hate Yourself” continues to build momentum with anthemic, high-energy guitar riffs, thundering drums, and no shortage of overdrive, marking a strong entry to the music scene for the four-piece outfit rounded out by JT Shea on guitar and bass, Victor Adriel on guitar and bass, and Mitch Arnholt on drums.
Donning a larger-than-life image with copious charisma, the band notes that they seek to bring their classic pop-rock roots to the “modern age.” “Hate Yourself” was produced by Johnny K (3 Doors Down, Plain White T’s, Disturbed).
“Most people have been in one of those relationships that they know isn’t good for them, but they just can’t seem to get out of,” Lost Hearts explains. “‘Hate Yourself’ is about that, and we hope people can relate to those feelings in our song.”
When Frye sings, “Do you miss the way I made you feel / So profound and so surreal / I’ve been missing all your crazy ideals and vicious sex appeal,” listeners are reminded of their own bouts of attraction to someone who was is wrong for them from the start. The fact that the narrator of “Hate Yourself” uses the past tense “loved you” suggests that they have already moved on with the confidence of knowing that their ex didn’t deserve them in the first place.
Each member of Lost Hearts is a multi-instrumentalist and lead guitar player. After forming the band, the four-piece flipped a coin to see who would sing, as well as play drums and bass, which makes for an interesting dynamic during the creative process.
“It can be a good thing because we can all bounce ideas off each other, but things can also get complicated when there are three or four different ideas for the same song part!” Lost Hearts explained. “At the end of the day, we believe that the more ideas, the better! The problem of having to take the time to sort through the many ideas is a problem that we welcome! By the way, we could never settle on who plays bass, so JT and Victor trade-off from song to song.”
This may be Lost Hearts’ first single, but the stars in the making are decidedly no novices. By creating colorfully on their own terms, with the flamboyant musical chops and magnetic stage presence to back it up, Lost Hearts are ushering in a new generation of rock that empowers audiences to live boldly and wildly.
Check out the video for “Hate Yourself” below, and follow Lost Hearts here for the latest on what the band says is “the beginning of a monumental year” of music that it not to be missed.
Cynthia Gross is a freelance writer and award-winning spiritual pop artist based in Maryland. With more than a decade of experience as an executive ghostwriter, she understands the power of each individual’s voice to create positive, meaningful change.
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