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There’s a BDSM Band On Eurovision This Year, Because Of Course There Is

2019 Eurovision kicked off in Tel Aviv this week and things are already looking to be…completely bizarre and goddamn strange but also (weirdly) interesting? This melting pot of emotions is thanks to Iceland’s entrants, Hatari – the BDSM-inspired techno-punk band who’ve shamelessly brought black leather body braces, blood-stained muzzles and outrageous bleached blonde mullets to the world stage. Are you intrigued/confused/inspired? All emotions are welcome and valid.

But as bizarre as they look and sound, people reckon Hatari are a safe bet to take out the 2019 Eurovision title, and if crowd responses are anything to go by, this leathered-up sadistic trio could actually have it in the bag. Please, for both our sakes, marvel at their semi-final performance. You just won’t understand the gravity of this win without subjecting yourself to their dystopian-inspired screamo performance.

Those monotone screams you hear are chorus singer, Klemens Hannigan belting out, “Hate will prevail, every joy derail.”. The song is aptly named, Hate Will Prevail – a rather fitting title for their demonic-style showcase of strange sadistic choreography. Like, who is the axe-smashing guy at the back? What is your purpose and are you OK? Please confirm.

Despite their glaringly weird vocals, choreography and overall existence at Eurovision, there’s a strong message beyond the blood-stained whips and bondage belts. Hatari have dubbed themselves Iceland’s ‘anti-capitalist techno-punk trio’ and have been championing anti-establishment rhetoric since 2015 – where their quest to topple capitalism actually led in the group splitting up. Consider yourself #blessed that Hatari have risen from their failed quest. Hatari lovers are emerging by the minute and people are stanning.

Hatari’s rapidly forming fan base is most likely down to the fact that they’ve single-handedly broken Eurovision’s most stringent policies. Included in this year’s event rules was details of it being purely ‘non-political’ – including a ruling on all lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political, commercial or similar nature would be axed from the event going to air. Hatari are, inherently, a trio of anti-establishment BDSM fiends who are championing an end to capitalism. If I’m not wrong, this is a touch on the political side…sorta.

Despite a number of bodies urging Hatari’s Hate Will Prevail be pulled from the competition, Hatari have…prevailed (I do not apologise for that). They’re set to appear in the grand final this Saturday, alongside Aussie’s own Kate Miller-Heidke (which, for any of those who know Heidke, is a stark contrast in musical styles). The final decision lies in the hands of voters and the jury of national judges. In the meantime, Hatari hysteria will undoubtedly continue…

Sources: @beesaplenty, @exocosm, Eurovision Youtube. 

Written by Kiah Frankel

Kiah is a lover of anything to do with brunch, the outdoors and all types of wine and cheese combinations.

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