On their website, HTRK (formerly Hate Rock Trio) claim their new album encompasses “submission, dysphoria, sentimentality, tech-noir and corporate life.” That sounds strange, spooky, and sinister. It also sounds like something that could describe Suicide. The duo of Martin Rev and Alan Vega crafted dark synth epics that touched on all those things (except maybe “corporate life”). Their dystopian vision led to such No Wave classics as “Frankie Teardrop” and “Ghost Rider.”
On their new single, HTRK pay tribute to the influence with a cover of Suicide’s “Sweetheart.” Believe it or not, it’s even darker and more ominous than the original (which was relatively tame by Suicide standards). Released as a free download, it’s available for purchase as a limited edition vinyl single. Check out the song below, then buy the record here.