Hatari — the award-winning fancy-dress, apocalyptic, anarcho-synthpunk Icelandic unicorns of doom — have been keeping busy on the pre-party circuit. They recently made an appearance at the PrePartyES in Madrid, this time with the full Hatari entourage. Wiwibloggs’ Deban Aderemi caught up with the anticapitalist BDSM industrial poetry artists.
Frontmen Matthías and Klemens were this time joined by the three dancer-choreographers Solbjort, Andrean and Astros. Standing at the back, keeping a silent but watchful eye over things, was the “drum-gimp” Einar.
The group were decked out in latex, leather, mesh, stockings and platform boots. Astros explained, “We strive for something very comfortable and practical.”
Deban wondered about the purpose of Astros’ whip, and Klemens explained: “She uses it to keep us in line. Sometimes me and Matthías don’t know when to stop in our strive for ending capitalism. It really takes a toll on our personal life and emotional life, our family life.”
Hatari have emerged as one of the big fan favourites at Eurovision 2019, with their song “Hatrið mun sigra”. Deban wondered if they had thought about what would happen if they won. Matthías revealed that planning was already underway:
“We have already written our official apology to the Icelandic nation should we win. Because it would put a lot of strain on the economy and in Iceland. But this is, of course, part of our plan — to start with the local economy and crumble it using Eurovision as a platform. But it would, of course, be very fun to win.”
And while Hatari are known for their BDSM aesthetic, Matthías revealed that the group have been in conversation with the Icelandic BDSM community, who taught them the importance of consent in good BDSM practice.
The group went on to perform at the PrePartyES, giving one of the most memorable performances of the night.
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