The Dear Hunter - Tunage Magazine

The Dear Hunter. You may have heard of them, you may not, either way, prepare to fall in love (if you haven't already).

The Bitter Suite 1 & 2: Meeting Ms. Leading / Through the Dime - Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading

          The Dear Hunter is a progressive rock band that consists of two people: Casey Crescenzo, singer/songwriter/ producer/multi-instrumentalist and drummer Nick Crescenzo. They’ve released one EP, two full length albums that tell a story in three acts (Act I: The Lake South, the River North, Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading, and Act III: Life and Death) where you go through an emotional journey with The Dear Hunter where the songs pull you into fascination, heart break, and angst. If there was any advice I could give you in life, it’s this. Go listen to all of the acts in order; it becomes a story, and a story you can to relate to at that. Everyone has ’Ms. Leading’ in his or her lives. And one of the most memorable moments I got from this album if being able to hear this song live, being in a crowd of people that chanted “Oh my God, what have I done?!” with Casey as he sang Red Hands, gradually yelling “I was pulling out my heart so I could pin it to my sleeve, on display for you to see, I’m on display”. The moment became so raw simply because everyone knew the emotion Casey was putting out there, cause we’ve felt that feeling. It’s a treat, and speaking of treats, he even went on a cross-country trip doing “living room performances” for fan club members along the way.
          They’ve also released a collection of 9 EPs called The Color Spectrum which consists of 36 brilliant songs in the colors black, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, and white, in which Casey Crescenzo creates a unique mood and sound for each color, this turns out perfectly because those moods and sounds match the color you'd likely think of in that emotion. So if you want a wall to punch, listen to the Red songs, if it's one of those days that you feel like you're on top of the world, listen to the Yellow songs. That’s the most interesting part of this collection; The Dear Hunter paints those colors with the sounds they make, the sense of ambience makes you see the color Blue, the scratching and digital sounds in the Black songs gives an edge. Because let's face it, when an artist makes a painting, he uses the colors to express the emotions of the painting, the blues in Van Gogh's Starry Night are what makes the scene calm, compelling, and dreamy. That's the same feeling you'd get get from the Blue songs. This is the type of band that has a song for everything, which essentially means you can run into their arms in any moment of your life that you’ll need them. They also treat the music they produce as artwork, there’s not one song that they’ve written that will sound too much like another. If there’s one thing that Casey had proven to his listeners, is that he’s not afraid to experiment with the sounds to develop the complex concepts he has in mind.

Things That Hide Away - The Color Spectrum (Green)

          Most recently, they covered a song originally by Anthony Green titled "Get Yours" for the Beautiful Things Tour in early 2012, and Casey is currently working on producing K Será’s first full-length album; expect that collaborative work to be face melting. And if you’re really itching to see them live (which I’d highly recommend) they’ll be at the Coachella Festival this year for you lucky beasts that managed to get tickets. Otherwise, they’ve got tour dates on their Facebook page right here.

Enjoy, and keep strumming those heartstrings.

Written by Deanna Trombley

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