It’s been a little over a year since we hate jh‘s full length The Naive Kids. They released a single in May and now released a short EP called divert in October. If you don’t know we hate jh, it’s a cross between acoustic rock and emo pop. It’s kind of a weird combination, but gives the band an unique signature. Originally with only a single member, we hate jh have expanded to a full band seen throughout releases and fully realized on The Naive Kids. divert feels like a step forward and continuation of the full length.
“cinema” is a pop rock song that brings back a lot of the classic we hate jh style. The guitar is acoustic complete with a full and clean sound. The backing instruments follow this trend to the fullest. Even the drums fit each melody without becoming overbearing or drowning out the other instruments. “cinema” features the best elements of the band, off beat rhythms, fast tempos, and intricate guitar picking. If you never heard we hate jh, this is the best introduction song because you know exactly what the band is about. The four song EP’s lead single “asphalt” is interesting because if we hate jh added some distortion to the lead guitar, it would be a straight rock song. The bass and rhythm guitar are electric, but don’t ever flood the song with harsh tones. Each note is purposely clean to highlight the melody.
It must take a lot of restraint to not simply jump 100% into more standard electronic rock. It would give we hate jh’s music a bit of an edge and bite. Songs on divert are smooth and highly melodic even though the tempos are quick. “reserved moon” is a good companion to “asphalt.” First mimicking the tempo of “asphalt” is moves to layer polyrhythms through each of the instruments. Listening to each line, it’s impressive that the song continues to sound cohesive even though there’s a controlled panic in some of the verses. we hate jh conclude with “drift.” Each of the songs do a good job of connecting to the EP title because the four songs feel like a journey.
we hate jh are able to present four songs that sound a lot more connected than other band’s full lengths. There’s a definite story on divert and it’s heard through the music clearly. Even with a play length of less than fifteen minutes, the polish and presentation of divert is amazing. The band has grown tremendously over the years and they need to be noticed by a lot more people.