In a generation dimmed by generic copycat music, The Dear Hunter shines brightly. Full of top-notch songwriting, orchestral flourishes, conceptual brilliance, and a staggering amount of diversity, The Dear Hunter defies genre categorization. Luckily, the group has acquired a large enough following to tour this summer, and next Saturday, August 13th, they will perform at Philadelphia’s North Star Bar. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate (or discover) one of the best bands around today.
Really, The Dear Hunter is a pseudonym for mastermind Casey Crescenzo and his musicians. After a successful run as the guitarist for The Receiving End of Sirens, Crescenzo decided to leave so he could focus on his own musical project (similar to how At the Drive-In begat The Mars Volta). The results thus far are nothing short of genius: the first three Act albums (out of planned six) contain some of the best music I’ve ever heard, and the recently released The Color Spectrum is arguably the group’s most ambitious and varied work. Without a doubt, The Dear Hunter deserves as much acclaim and success as anyone else in the business.
Joining The Dear Hunter at North Star Bar is O’Brother, a quintet from Atlanta, GA which categorizes itself as Ambient/Indie/Experimental. They’ll be promoting their first LP, Garden Window, and with influences including Mogwai, Oceansize, Clint Mansell, Radiohead, and Sigur Ros, they’ll be a sublime complement to The Dear Hunter.
Doors open around 7:00 PM, and unlike most shows at North Star Bar, this one comes without an age restriction. Tickets ($13 in advance and $15 at the door) can be purchased here. For more information, call (215) 787-0488. If you’re already a fan, coming out is a no-brainer; if you’re not, I urge you to put aside your qualms and discover your new favorite band.
For more on The Dear Hunter, check out my review of The Color Spectrum: The Complete Collection and my interview with Casey Crescenzo.