Review: The Lonely Hunter EP
The Lonely Hunter’s new self-titled extended play album is given a spin
Published: Sunday, October 9, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 20:07
According to their website, The Lonely Hunter can best be described as "a young band from Texas with a lot of talent, energy and passion." Having seen these guys live a few times over the years, I can verify this statement to be true.
Formed right here in Aggieland, a town musically dominated by country (and unfortunately, not much of anything else), The Lonely Hunter has managed to earn the attention of Bryan-College Station by producing their own unique brand of indie rock, so impressive and polished, that it can't be ignored.
Their latest self-titled EP demonstrates The Lonely Hunter has reached the point of musical maturity at which many bands possess enough confidence to drop everything else, and take a leap of faith with their music. From what I have heard on "The Lonely Hunter EP," it is time for these four guys to take the leap.
The opening track off of the six-song EP, "You Have To Know," is a song that seems to draw heavily from the traditions of Minus The Bear and Explosions In The Sky. The song is drenched in heavy guitar delay and reverb, creating a very open and expansive atmosphere. I can even hear a little bit of "Parachutes" era Coldplay in the mix. The next song on the EP, "The Tempest," continues to place most of the emphasis on lead guitarist Spencer Cogburn, but the skills of drummer Brian Cox are also showcased during several of the softer, more subdued portions of the song.
"Years Ago," comes off as the most solid song of the bunch, with an extremely radio friendly sound and slightly anthemic quality.
I could easily imagine this dreamy track getting The Lonely Hunter attention on a national level, especially when you consider that their sound is consistent with much of the music currently showcased on national radio.
The next song, "What Have I Found," is the most tranquil track of the bunch, displaying the undeniable talent of vocalist Collin Brewer as he intimately sings lyrics of triumph, which match nicely with soaring guitar tones and a touch of melodic piano. The next high-energy track, "A Feeling," gradually brings the EP back up to speed with an infectious dance beat and an intense series of driving bass lines by bassist Jacob Massey. I couldn't help but nod my head to this one (it's just too damn catchy). Closing out the record is, "Look To The Sun," a somber song that appears to be about saying goodbye (appropriately, for the end of an EP). The song begins with a very loud intro, which gradually dies down, though only for a second, before exploding into a series of super catchy choruses. As one of the louder and more epic songs on the album, "Look To The Sun," allows the EP to end with a satisfying bang.
With their self-titled EP, the band has managed to mix the expansiveness of bands like Explosions In The Sky and Minus The Bearwith the melodic dynamics of more radio-friendly bands like Coldplay, resulting in an interesting take on the traditional indie sound.
But what good is having good music if you don't put on a good show?
These guys have actually become well known here in Bryan-College Station for their intensity and passion during live shows, so you must not miss an opportunity to witness one of their performances. Thankfully, these guys are also currently under the incredible management of Jose Arredondo of Defacto Productions (whom I was lucky enough to interview a few weeks ago). The band is able to play at the entire major venues and festivals here in town and will be playing at this year's Rock The Republic music festival in Bryan. Get your ticket now while they are still available at the Rock The Republic website.
Steve Wells is a senior marketing major at Texas A&M University's Mays Business School. In addition to being a student, he is also a local musician and promoter.