|the raw noise of brooklyn
Dean Van Nguyen - January 7, 2012
The raw, punk
authenticity of Brooklyn noise-rockers Hunters is something many aim
for, but few pull off quite as memorably. The band’s sound is unrefined
and visceral. You can almost hear the grit and dirt on their
instruments as they bash out their grungy, feedback-drenched riffs and
almightily-whacked drum loops, while the desperate yelps of lead
vocalists Derek Watson and Isabel Almeida add extra frenetic energy.
According to the band, the makeshift way each track was constructed was
a beautiful accident, more a product of circumstance than design.
Listening to Hands of
Fire, production-wise it's similar to your earlier demos. Was this on
purpose? Do you enjoy the raw, lo-fi sound?
Derek Watson: I think it was more of a product of budget than anything
else. We love the way the songs sound though!
How did the band come to
be? Where and when did you all hook and decide to make music together?
Derek: I was a dishwasher at Rene's and Isabel was a waitress there.
Isabel Almeida: Yeah it was the worst job I've ever had.
Derek: The boss Nigel was always yelling and screaming at everyone. He
hated the fact that we would always laugh when he was raging.
Isabel: We were always talking about trying to play some songs
together. We met one day before work, and never showed up at Rene's
Hands of Fire cover art
is pretty cool. Was that a live shot?
Isabel: Yeah it was a show we played on my birthday last year.
Derek: Our friend Nicki Ishmael took it at Dead Herring.
You guys are playing a
lot of winter 2012 shows. What can people expect from a Hunters live
Derek: I’m sure we will be having fun, so hopefully people who come to
see us will too.
Isabel: That, and new shirts
Are there any plans for
an album right now?
Derek: Yeah we have a bunch of songs ready to go but we have a tour
then SXSW to deal with first.
You can almost hear the grit and dirt on their instruments as they bash out their grungy, feedback-drenched riffs and almightily-whacked drum loops, while the desperate yelps of lead vocalists Derek Watson and Isabel Almeida add extra frenetic energy.
"Hands on Fire"
Noisy punk music that makes you dance