The Dear Hunter at The Middle East on July 11th
Reviewed by: Sally Feller
Boston-based band The Dear Hunter played a sold out show last Saturday at the Middle East. The Dear Hunter strikes me as a mix between emo, goth, and classical. They manage to infuse modern rock with elements of both gothic sounds and emo lyrics, without fitting into either genre comfortably.
Casey Crescenzo has a powerful emotive voice, but does not rely on that whiny tinge or yelling singing style of many other bands on the scene. He has a classically trained voice, but manages to employ enough variations within each song to keep the listeners’ interest. The Dear Hunter takes advantage of many different sounds for their new album Act III: Life and Death, including a few romps that sound like they’re rooted in a circus scene from a Tim Burton movie. Backing Crescenzo’s impressive vocals, the rest of The Dear Hunter band members deliver a sound somewhat reminiscent of Queen, creating a dynamic, organic sound, especially in a live environment.
The crowd was comprised of an interesting mix of hipster kids (who seem to get their life blood from venues like The Middle East) and kids that looked like they just stepped out of a van on its way back from a folk festival. Generally local bands get the unenthusiastic, but loyal, reception of their old college buddies and a few people that show up early to the headliners’ show, but The Dear Hunter turned out every kid in the city with an ear for solid music that doesn’t sound like everything else on the radio right now.
Even more interesting than their live set, I discovered that their new album marks the halfway point on a musical journey based on a fictional character from World War I era. It sounds as though fans can anticipate a 6-album span with this character, and Act III: Life and Death is only a signpost on a long adventure.
Suffice it to say that if The Dear Hunter is coming to a town near you, cancel any plans you already had and get your butt in line to see the show! These guys are sure to impress.