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Newest Love: Hunter Hunted

Portrait of Hunter Hunted at the 2015 Sasquatch Music Festival Photo Credit: Alex Crick

Portrait of Hunter Hunted at the 2015 Sasquatch Music Festival
Photo Credit: Alex Crick

“With a swift kick to hope-shredding guitars, their brand of ebullient electro-rock immediately revs back to life fueled by an undeniable custom-cut chorus just waiting around the driver’s blindside before it explodes, begging you to sing along.” – Mostly Junk Food

“Hunter Hunted strike alt radio gold with the first single “Blindside” off their forthcoming debut album”. – Neon Gold

“…musical gem” – Idolator

Today, Hunter Hunted announce their upcoming debut album Ready For You, which will come out on July 10 via FreeSolo/RCA. Last week, right before their Sasquatch! Festival set, Los Angeles duo Hunter Hunted revealed their first single “Blindside” of the album. They’ll set out on a 20-date co-headlining tour with Young Rising Sons in July and August and will be able to play album tracks like “Operating”, “Ready For You”, and “End Of The World” live for the first time.

Capable of crafting stadium-sized pop missives that are hugely catchy and wonderfully earnest, the duo of Michael Garner and Dan Chang, write songs that tread an easy path between the head and heart, bursting at the seems with undeniable melodies and choruses that are custom-made to be sung along to, preferably at peak volume while surrounded by several hundred of your brand new very best friends.

On Ready for You Hunter Hunted’s ambition is fantastically evident. It’s a record that seems tailor-made to engineer happiness. It’s a pop record with long legs—packed with tracks that balance razor-sharp hooks with heartfelt sentiment. “We want to make songs that make people happy, songs that you can hear on the radio and that make you want to sing and dance,” says Garner. “We want to get to that point where we make a song that takes the world by storm, where it’s like, ‘Holy shit. This song is hitting so hard. We don’t even know how to handle it!’ We’re still waiting for that moment where all of this just takes off and knocks us off our butts.”

The story of Hunter Hunted begins, at least for most people, with the release of their debut EP, Hunter Hunted, in 2013. However, the group’s roots go back much further as they met at UCLA. They’ve been included in MTV’s Artists To Watch, NYLON’s “Bands to look out for,” Starbucks “Pick of The Week, “Teen Vogue’s “Jam’s of the year,” Billboard Magazines “Scouting Report” and KCRW’s “Bands we Love.”

While standout track “Keep Together” was making the rounds on TV shows, the band’s early singles quickly elevated Hunter Hunted from the ranks of indie-pop hopefuls to serious chart contenders, touring alongside FUN., Fitz and The Tantrums, Weezer, and Twenty One Pilots. The band also turned in lauded performances at Bonnaroo, Governors Ball and Firefly, as well as stops on Conan O’Brien’s late night show and The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show pre-show.

When asked about “Blindside” and the upcoming debut album they say, “We wanted to write songs that were both tiny and huge. Songs that you could play on an acoustic guitar alone or with a big band inside an arena.” With the help of Howard benson and Neil Avron behind the boards, Hunter Hunted have achieved that.

The band has a busy year ahead of them – their co-headlining tour with Interscope’s Young Rising Sons for July/August is only the start of what’s to come.


Hunter Hunted Ready For You tracklisting:

1. Ready For You
2. Operating
3. Ghost
4. Blindside
5. Lucky Day
6. Dora Maar
7. Gentle Folks
8. Float
9. Keep Together
10. Better My Love
11. End Of The World

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Hozier Tour Dates


“Irish singer Hozier is poised for a big year.” –KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

“[Hozier’s] stirring, choral-meets-gospel-folk sound has been steadily converting more and more listeners.” –MTV Buzzworthy

Fresh off a series of incredible SXSW performances and sold out shows in NYC and LA on his first US trip, Irish musician Hozier will return to the US in May for a series of festival and headlining tour dates.  Hozier will start off at the Sweetlife Festival in Maryland on May 10 before embarking on a headlining run starting at Bowery Ballroom in NYC before hitting Boston, Toronto, LA, and San Francisco and finally wrapping up at the Sasquatch! Festival.  A full list of confirmed dates is below.


After releasing an introductory Take Me To Church EP late last year, Hozier has released another 4-song EP to tide fans over as he completes work on his forthcoming full length, due later this year.  His latest From Eden EP is available to stream now exclusively on Spotify and features songs already part of Hozier’s live set, including the title track, which was selected for the coveted Hottest Record spotlight by UK tastemaker Zane Lowe on his Radio 1 program, as well as “Work Song,” “Arsonist’s Lullaby,” and “To Be Alone.”  Recording for both EPs began in what Hozier calls “the grey, pretty boring attic” at the top of the house where he lives, before overdubs and mixing in Dublin, with producer Rob Kirwan (U2, Depeche Mode, Glasvegas, Ray Lamontagne) at the controls.


Born in County Wicklow on St Patrick’s Day, 24-year-old Andrew Hozier-Byrne gained worldwide attention nearly overnight when he posted the video for his song “Take Me To Church” under the moniker Hozier in late September.  The gripping black and white video, directed by Brendan Canty, highlights the turbulent plight of the LGBT community in Russia via the story of two gay men targeted by a homophobic gang.  The powerful video brings life to the emotional song, which touches on the influence of religion on humanity.  While in the US this month Hozier spoke with New York Magazine and Mother Jones about the moving video and the song’s message.


The “Take Me To Church” video has quickly racked up millions of views on YouTube, and the track has been a fixture on Spotify’s Most Viral charts, regularly appearing in the Top 10 in the US and the UK, and Spotify also selected Hozier as one of their Spotlight Artists to Watch 2014.  “Take Me To Church” also hit #1 on Hype Machine’s Most Popular chart, and has also been hovering on the top of Ireland’s singles chart.  The song is currently in the Top 20 on Mediabase’s Triple A radio chart, with early support from Philadelphia’s WXPN, who selected “Take Me To Church” as their Gotta Hear Song of the Week and My Morning Download, Sirius XM, and Los Angeles’ KCRW, who called him one of their Bands to Bank On for 2014 and also had him record a session on their Morning Becomes Eclectic program.

Hozier has been playing to packed rooms in Ireland, and his first London show sold out in minutes, underscoring the phenomenon that has emerged in such a short time.  In the UK he’s gotten great radio support on tastemaker shows on Radio 1, 6 Music, and XFM, and he was featured in the Sunday Times Culture’s “Breaking Artist” section.  In addition to the upcoming US tour dates, Hozier will also be performing at Dublin’s Longitude festival in July and Reading & Leeds in August.

Hozier US Tourdates

  • May 10                 Columbia, MD                   Sweetlife Festival @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • May 13                 New York, NY                    Bowery Ballroom
  • May 14                 Boston, MA                        Cafe 939 Red Room
  • May 17                 Toronto, ON                       Rivoli
  • May 20                 Los Angeles, CA                Troubadour
  • May 21                 San Francisco, CA             The Chapel
  • May 23-25           Quincy, WA                        Sasquatch! Festival @ The Gorge






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John Vanderslice LOVES this video!

I went to see John Vanderslice the other night at the Warhol museum. It was a fantastic show! He also shared his love for this video with us and encouraged us to check it out for ourselves:

Dance Riot from May 23rd at Sasquatch music festival!

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