London based trio Hunter & The Bear are with no doubt one of the greatest upcoming acts on the British folk music scene. Inspired by greats such as The Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bruce Springsteen – whom they recently supported at Hard Rock Calling Festival, the band is gradually gaining recognition with their excellent melodies and astonishing harmonies. Their music leaves you smitten by its significant energy and makes you desire more of this wondrous sound. Hunter & The Bear will release their debut single ‘Forest On The Hill’ on 29th September, taken from their upcoming EP ‘Dusty Road’.
The guys took some time to tell MGMB about their music, touring, favourite albums and more.
What’s the story behind forming of Hunter & The Bear and how would you introduce your sound to the music listeners?
We (Will and Jimmy) started writing songs together in August 2012. There was no real aim or direction, we just wrote songs we liked to play. Moved from Scotland to London in September, played a few shows and realised that to take it seriously we needed to build the sound. This meant calling our old friend Josh in to slap some bass. As for the sound, in a sentence: a rocky blend of folk and country.
You’ve recently performed at Hard Rock Calling Festival alongside amazing musicians like Bruce Springsteen and Kasabian. What was the experience like for you and how did the audience receive you?
It was massive pleasure to be involved in such a great event. It was our first ever festival so our minds were fixed on keeping it together and smashing our set. The audience were great and made us feel very welcome. We had one eye on the clock so we could go watch Bruce do his thing.
Did you manage to bump into some cool musicians at the festival?
We had a great night and met loads of lovely people. Despite our best efforts we didn’t manage to find Zac Brown. There’s always next year…
What can you tell us about your upcoming debut single ‘Forest On The Hill’?
It’s a song we wrote when we were just starting out. It’s out 29th September and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it. We think it’s a good summary of our sound at this stage.
You’re also set to release your new EP ‘Dusty Road’ soon. Could you describe the recording journey of this EP?
We had a great experience recording it and we’re all really proud of the results. We were lucky enough to meet Jamie Bell, an amazing producer who really understood our sound and what we’re about. We had an idea in our heads of how the songs had to sound and he helped us achieve that. Can’t wait to get back in the studio with him.
Are there any highlights from your recent UK tour you’d like to share with us?
There’s so many! It was our first experience with touring and we just love playing shows to new people. Cornbury festival and Live at Troon are the two biggest stages we’ve played and it was amazing to play to crowds with so much energy.
What’s the best atmosphere for you when writing and working on your songs?
We have no formula or routine, we’re still learning. We love getting out of the city where we have a room to think.
What are your three favourite albums of all time and what have you been listening to lately?
That’s such a difficult question and it changes all the time. Seeing as there’s three of us, we’ll give you one each:
Will – Bad Company, Bad Company
Josh – Nirvana, Nevermind
Jimmy – The Band, The Band
We listen to lots of different stuff individually but our current radio favorites while on tour are Stereophonics and Arctic Monkeys.
If you could read one newspaper headline about yourselves in 2013, what would it be?
Dusty Road EP goes platinum in 70 countries.
What’s the main goal for Hunter & The Bear?
We want to play our music to as many people as want to listen. We love to write and play together and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
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