Iceland has not qualified for the Grand Final since Pollapönk made it in 2014. They’ve tried Disney pop ballads, dramatic orchestral ballads, old-fashioned ballads, and alternative pop diva ballads. This year, they decided to mix it up a bit.
Hatari are a punk techno trio known for their bondage gear, their anti-capitalist bent, and their wicked sense of humor. They originally announced they were breaking up in December 2018 because they had failed to destroy capitalism, then showed up at Söngvakeppnin 2019 weeks later. They will keep “Hatrið mun sigra” in Icelandic, because let’s be honest, no other language will do.
So imagine if Jimmy Somerville had Rammstein’s baby and Trent Reznor was the midwife. It is everything we listened to when we were in college, with an added touch of cynicism: “Hatrið mun sigra” translates to “Hatred Will Prevail,” which sadly seems to be the case in a lot of well-to-do countries around the world these days. It’s taking all our effort to not just quote the whole of Dudepoint’s “Why Hatrið mun sigra is the song we need, not just the song we deserve” in this post.
Even with the gritty growling vocal during the verse and the gnarly electronic arrangement, “Hatrið mun sigra” is still recognizable as a cracking Eurovision song. It’s catchy and it even has a key change. Group that all together with striking visuals and more cheek than a drunk Paul Oscar and what’s not to love?
There has been a bit of buzz about Hatari among some of our fellow die hard Eurovision fans, who get some serious Lordi vibes out of this thrashing, leather-clad trio of pop music anarchists. We’re not exactly ready to buy our tickets to Reykjavik just yet, but we feel like Iceland is on to something this year. Hatari needs to bring even more energy and intensity to Tel Aviv because we would hate for them to fall flat like DJ Bobo or Teapacks. We’re not worried, because boy howdy, do they seem up for this.