From Quebec City come The Hunters, which when judged solely on their name could just as well be a primitive black metal band. Luckily they are not. Instead we are treated to a fun enough collection of songs that have holed up somewhere between the likes of Taking Back Sunday and more straight-forward rock tunes. Opening track “Dave Grohl” could be a hint but only up to a point… yes, The Hunters like to rock out with loud guitars and yes, they know their way around a hook but that’s pretty much where the similarities with the Foo Fighters end.
Unfortunately I’m not the biggest fan of Dominic Pelletier’s voice… the guy gives it his all but I’m just not digging it. He’s trying a bit too hard for my taste. Meanwhile the rest of the band is playing it safe too often and end up sounding a tad bit predictable. Songs like “Roadworn Heart” and “Postcards & Golden Lovers” sound pleasant enough but don’t leave much of an impression. Even when The Hunters change things up by using a harmonica on “Basement Remedies”, it’s more of a ‘meh’ than a ‘that’s cool!’ kinda moment.
Honestly, I was expecting more of a band who claim to be ‘sick of boring bands and the shitty songs they play’.