The run up to release day for They Hate Change’s debut Jagjaguwar release has been nothing short of a love letter to Tampa Bay, which they’ll sign off next week during a listening party in St. Petersburg.
There’s no cover for the They Hate Change Finally, New listening party set for Wednesday, March 11 at Bandit Coffee Co. at 7 p.m. The band will have merch, including cassettes, on sale, but you’ll have to stop into Daddy Kool records if you want to preorder the Florida orange vinyl colorway.
In March, the duo—which signed to the stalwart indie label last summer—dropped a clip for “From The Floor,” filmed in the side lot near Pinellas Park’s Marko's Meat & Deli.
"Keeping with our trend of displaying Tampa Bay staples in our music videos, we definitely wanted to choose another iconic location when we made this one,” They Hate Change told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. “Marko’s has this perfect, ducked off parking lot that just *looks* like an illegal party would spring up there after hours, so we decided to make it a reality. And of course, they have some of the best sandwiches in the area, so paying homage was only right haha.”
The group—made up of childhood friends Dre and Vonne—has spent all of 2022 earning well-deserved praise for the way songs from Finally, New marry vintage rhythms of Chicago footwork and even jook music from Tampa with ambient noise, grime, prog, punk and no holds barred lyricism to usher in a new chapter of post-genre pop music that’ll make you dance and think in the same breath.
A new clip for “Blatant Localism” was filmed at St. Pete Lorene’s Fish House and Dairy Kurl in Clearwater—and They Hate Change’s latest single, “Some Days I Hate My Voice,” finding Vonne unspooling a vulnerable banger about gender identity.
“I’ve written a bunch of sad lyrics about gender identity in the past, mostly while being sad about gender identity,” Vonne wrote in a press release. “Sad songs are played out though, so I approached this joint charged up and went at it from a different, equally honest perspective, that represents the experience of having a gender identity or expression that’s constantly in flux (in a positive way!).”
Finally, New is finally out on Friday, March 13 via Jagjaguwar. Who’s bringing the chanh muối?
Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...