Hater (band)

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OriginSeattle, Washington, United States
GenresAlternative metal, grunge, hard rock
Years active1993–1997, 2005
(One-off reunion: 2008)
LabelsA&M, Burn Burn Burn
Associated actsSoundgarden, Skin Yard, Monster Magnet, Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam, Devilhead, Wellwater Conspiracy
MembersMatt Cameron
Ben Shepherd
Past membersJohn McBain
John Waterman
Brian Wood
Alan Davis
Andrew Church
Bubba Dupree
Andy Duvall

Hater was an American rock supergroup that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1993. The band formed as a side project mostly under the direction of Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd. Additional members included Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, guitarist John McBain (ex-Monster Magnet and, later, partner of Cameron and Shepherd in Wellwater Conspiracy), bassist John Waterman for the self-titled album, Devilhead vocalist Brian Wood, brother of Mother Love Bone vocalist Andrew Wood, and Alan Davis on bass for The 2nd.[1][2]


Formation and first album (1993-94)[edit]

In 1993, Soundgarden members Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron formed a side-project band, which they called Hater. They were joined by former Monster Magnet guitarist John McBain.[3] The band's music featured a psychedelic garage rock sound, taking influence from The Stooges. Shepherd sang vocals and played guitar in Hater, in addition to writing several songs on the band's first release, Hater, which was released on September 21, 1993 through A&M Records. Allmusic said, "Those expecting a Soundgarden-esque hard rock album were caught off guard by Hater's penchant for garage rock and classic rock sounds."[4]

Side-projects and break up (1995-98)[edit]

The band contributed a song for the 1995 compilation album, Hempilation: Freedom Is NORML, called "Convicted".[5] The musicians for the track were Shepherd, McBain, bassist Alan Davis, and Cameron. This same lineup recorded a second Hater album in 1995 following Soundgarden's Superunknown tour. The album, however, would be delayed.

During the lengthy hiatus, Shepherd found time to complete the tracks for Hater's second album between his collaborations with Wellwater Conspiracy (another side project with Cameron and McBain), the Mark Lanegan Band, and several other artists.[6] In 1997, after Hater broke up, Shepherd and McBain participated in the first Desert Sessions, a musical project led by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. Cameron joined Pearl Jam in 1998 and would go on to become the band's permanent drummer. Cameron and McBain kept Wellwater Conspiracy going as a permanent side project.[7]

Post-breakup activities (2005-present)[edit]

Hater's second album, called The 2nd, would finally see release on April 26, 2005. It was released through Burn Burn Burn. Allmusic said that the album is "quite comparable to the group's first release" in that it contains "loose n' fun garage rockers."[8] In 2005, Shepherd recruited bassist Andrew Church (Broadcast Oblivion, Droo Church), guitarist Bubba Dupree (Void), and drummer Andy Duvall (Zen Guerrilla) to support The 2nd with a tour following the release of the album. On September 30, 2008, Shepherd and Cameron reunited to perform a Hater show at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle, Washington.[9]

Hater, initially released through A&M Records only on CD and cassette in 1993, is set to be reissued on CD, and for the first time digitally and on vinyl, by UMe on July 15th.[10]

Band members[edit]

  • Matt Cameron – drums, vocals (1993–1997, 2005)
  • John McBain – guitar (1993–1997)
  • Ben Shepherd – guitar, vocals
  • John Waterman – bass (1993–1995)
  • Brian Wood – vocals (1993–1995)
  • Alan Davis – bass (1995–1997)
  • Andrew Church – bass (2005)
  • Bubba Dupree – guitar (2005)
  • Andy Duvall – drums (2005)


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details
1993 Hater
  • Released: September 21, 1993
  • Label: A&M
  • Format: CD, cassette (CS)
2005 The 2nd
  • Released: April 26, 2005
  • Label: Burn Burn Burn
  • Format: CD


Year Single Album
1993 "Who Do I Kill?" Hater

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Label


Hempilation: Freedom Is NORML Capricorn

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Adams, Gregory (26 May 2016). "Ben Shepherd's Soundgarden Offshoot Hater Gets the Reissue Treatment". Exclaim. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Soundgarden Mates Revive Hater". Billboard. 20 February 2005. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. "Hater". Allmusic. Retrieved on January 31, 2009.
  4. ^ Prato, Greg. "AllMusic Review by Greg Prato". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  5. ^ Phares, Heather. "Hempilation: Freedom Is NORML Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  6. ^ Prato, Greg. "Wellwater Conspiracy Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  7. ^ Fischer, Blair R (April 17, 1998). "Off He Goes". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved June 28, 2007.
  8. ^ Luerssen, John. "AllMusic Review by John D. Luerssen". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  9. ^ Brickner, Sara (30 September 2008). "Tonight's Show Recommendations". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  10. ^ "UMe To Reissue 1993 Debut A&M Album By Supergroup Hater, Featuring Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd And Matt Cameron, John McBain Of Monster Magnet, And Brian Wood of Devilhead July 15". PR Newswire. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.

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