After a four-year hiatus, Hot Chelle Rae are officially back together, and the pop-rock group's first song in five years arrived Friday (Nov. 8).
Titled "I Hate LA," the three-minute track features appropriately beachy acoustic guitar over a punchy beat as frontman Ryan Follesé sings about resenting Los Angeles in the wake of a breakup. By the end of the song, though, his taunting ex has left L.A., and suddenly his relationship with the city is restored.
"I Hate LA" includes an irresistibly catchy "la la la" hook that is reminiscent of HCR's breakout smash, 2011's "Tonight Tonight," but with a more refined sound that resulted from the years the group (Ryan Follesé, Nash Overstreet and Jamie Follesé) spent apart pursuing solo projects. But as the band said in a press release, they've been working on Hot Chelle Rae music for the past two years, and "I Hate LA" is only the beginning.