Bare Hunter - 'Cabin Fever' EP
A 3-piece garage blues band at the core, Bare Hunters Cabin
Fever EP offers glimpses of other genres, setting them apart
from the production-heavy ringtone-blues rock of those who have taken
the Black Keys as their lead. The lightning-fast gallop of Esmerelda
displays a dramatic flair that is uncommon amongst their peers, coming
on like a fuzz-tone take on Tom Jones Delilah, biblical
references and all. The rush of Jack Linehams drumming that
ushers in the song is confirmation of the bands moxy.
Elsewhere, What are we fighting for? has a hardcore-punk
guitar break from Roger James that is worthy of Black Flag, absurdly
nestled as it is in a song that rides a groove that could be from
Captain Beefhearts Safe As Milk. Yet the band make
it work perfectly, taking the song into unexpectedly brutal places.
Robbie Humphries has some serious wallop as a singer, a hellhound
bark that reminds of Glenn Danzig, and on One of these mornings
he displays mean skills on the harmonica too.
It seems that they have opted to push the scope of their song writing
beyond their drum, guitar & vocals framework, rather than sit
within the cosy confines of economy. And though their scope is matched
by their performing ability, the songs hang around only long enough
to show off the invention within, the path to indulgence duly avoided.
This is a great introduction to a band that undoubtedly has even more
genre-twists stashed in their talent bag. Sharp, singular and really,
Cabin Fever will be released on The Cabin Records on
the 8th June 2015