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Rabbit Hole EP - Love Like Hate


LABEL: Self-Released
RELEASE DATE: June, 2012
FORMATS: CD / Digital

Band Members

Heather Cheketri: Vocals, Guitars
Sonja Ter Horst: Piano


Brisbane dark pop outfit, Love Like Hate, otherwise known as LLH, are Heather Cheketri (vocals, guitar) and Sonja Ter Horst (piano). By combining their different but complementary writing styles, Love Like Hate are carving a unique niche within the landscape of emerging Australian artists.

Growing out of an unperforming garage band between Heather and Sonja in 2008, Love Like Hate was officially formed in 2009.

In 2011 the band burst onto the Brisbane live music scene. Love Like Hate have played a number of Brisbane’s popular music venues in a small amount of time, including Rics Bar, Beetle Bar, Hi Fi Bar, X&Y and the Tempo Hotel.

Recording their first EP during 2011 with producer Lachlan Mitchel (The Jezabels), the five song album Rabbit Hole was released in June 2012. With Rabbit Hole comes the single "21," a coming of age song that combines hauntingly dark lyrical undertones of egocentric scene kids with flowing, upbeat music. Accompanying the track is a beautifully shot video outside of Brisbane in Heather’s 1970 Ford Cortina, directed by the Contortionist Studio crew.

The band echoes emotional, honest and instinctive rock, blended with free-form arrangements and hints of early post punk, delicate piano swings and melodies that pay tribute to some of music’s most notables – Pat Benetar, Joan Jett, and Patti Smith, and have been influenced by those ladies who helped them to think. Love Like Hate have chosen to etch out their own unique sound for today’s thinking person.


"Displaying the very different approaches to songwriting of Heather Cheketri and Sonja Ter Horst, there is a beautifully serrated edge to the way the band approach pop." - Tone Deaf

“Core songwriting duo Heather Cheketri and Sonja Ter Horst do direct, lyrically driven, dark, rootsy pop. With some dramatic twists. Picture them sitting on the kitchen floor with a beer and talking about how cool it would be if Tori Amos covered Springsteen’s Nebraska.” - Chris Perran, Lowfly

“The dulcet-punk musing of Love Like Hate are welcome arrivals on the Brisbane indie rock scene. With stormy confessional lyrics, and a dynamic blend of guitar, piano and drums, Love Like Hate deliver compelling live sets and a fresh sound reminiscent of early Hole, The Dresden Dolls.” - Jodie Taylor, author of Playing it Queer: Popular, Music, Identity and Queer World-making

“Heather and Sonja put themselves under the spotlight, craving to shout out loud and let their own voices be heard on a musical rollercoaster, rather than mocking the latest, empty music trends.” - Liam Wilson, Groundup Music


Posted March 7th 2013 By Paul McBride on http://paulmcbride.me

Vocalist/guitarist Heather Cheketri and pianist Sonja Ter Horst are Love Like Hate; a Brisbane band like no other. Describing themselves as ‘dark pop’, the duo have been making quite a name for themselves with their trademark blend of intense, theatrical post-punk. Rabbit Hole – the band’s debut EP – recalls the spirit of such femme fatales as Patti Smith and PJ Harvey in a stirring five-track hit; all tales of love and loss set to the sound of rock guitars and creepy keys. Opener ‘Porcelain Brothel’ broods and crawls before upping the volume with a plethora of cascading piano, as Cheketri’s melancholy yet powerful lyrics describe the emptiness of a failed relationship. ‘Bleed’ comes out of the traps with an undeniable hint of ‘90s alt-rock, as the girls discover the joys of snare drums and rocking out, and again it’s Ter Horst’s piano mastery that drives the song. The title track is next, providing an epic pop ballad moment that channels Sinead O’Connor and allows Cheketri to flaunt her vocal range, before ‘Not My Heart’ continues the drama with soaring guitars and plenty of ominous, ringing keys. Closer ’21′ continues in a similar vein with some ghostly synth thrown in for good measure, bringing an emotional and compelling EP to a close. Sure, it might be the type of music you’ll only ever listen to with nothing but a bottle of wine and your cat for company, but what the hell – it sounds pretty damn good. (Independent)

July 23rd, 2012. By Neil Evans for tonedeaf.com.au

Recalling some brilliant touchstones of female oriented pop from over the past thirty years, such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mazzy Star, PJ Harvey and The Pretenders, Brisbane band Love Like Hate have released a highly impressive EP in the form of Rabbit Hole.

Displaying the very different approaches to songwriting of Heather Cheketri and Sonja Ter Horst, there is a beautifully serrated edge to the way the band approach pop, illustrated perfectly on the opening cut, “21”. Rabbit Hole keeps going from strength to strength over the space of its five tracks, the utter high point of which would have to be the brooding and incredibly striking “Porcelain Brothel”.

Rabbit Hole is a stunning release, and it will be interesting to see what this band does next. Love Like Hate are definitely keeping up that tradition of wonderful and compelling bands coming out of Queensland, sure to pick up more fans when they begin a tour next month.

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