Hunting

Hunting

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

This is musical melancholy expressed at a very high level, with sophisticated and subtle instrumental arrangements married to a gently melodic voice that oft drips sadness. Clear reference points are Beck and Sparklehorse. EXCLAIM 8/10

Biography

Hunting

In the spring of 2012, songwriter Bradley Ferguson spent two months in Berlin and Paris with the intention of immersing himself in Europe's thriving electronic music scene. Ironically, the Vancouver multi-instrumentalist came home with a batch of songs that formed the crux of his new indie folk project, Hunting. The band's self-titled album came out on February 25 2014 through Nevado Records.

Ferguson previously released two albums of fidgety electro-rock under the name Bradley, and his initial demos for the new songs were similarly filled with buzzing synthesizers and glitchy, syncopated drum machines. This material got a drastic overhaul, however, once he began collaborating with friends in Vancouver.

"I tried out a couple of the tunes with a full band, instead of just programming beats in my bedroom," he explains. "It totally took my brain to a different level. Everybody became such a huge part of the sound."

During the sessions, Hunting's lineup included Paul Rigby (Neko Case, A.C. Newman), drummer/co-producer John Raham (The Be Good Tanyas, Kelly Joe Phelps), Jessica Yliruusi and violinist Jesse Zubot (Dan Mangan, Stars). The lush, cinematic arrangements were further fleshed out with input from Mother Mother frontman Ryan Guldemond, pianist Mike Kenney, bassist Darren Parris, local songwriter Dustin Bentall, and banjoist/pedal steel player John Ellis (Jeremy Fisher, Ridley Bent).

The bulk of the instruments were recorded live to tape at Vancouver's Afterlife Studio, imbuing the tracks with an organic warmth that was miles away from the synth-frazzled initial demos. Acoustic opener "Aleen Obscene" sets a tone of heartbroken resignation, with Ferguson sighing, "They said she died in Miami / Who cares." The crunchy "Patti" is heavier and more upbeat, with distorted rock guitars augmented by tinkling glockenspiel and textured strings, while a sinister version of "Everytime I'm with You" (originally by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse) is a rare moment that harkens back to Ferguson's electronic origins.

The mood on these tracks is heavyhearted, but Ferguson's sorrow is comforting rather than alienating. "The songs are sad, yet hopeful," he reflects. "Some of my favourite states have been melancholy. There's a certain kind of relief when you're in a breakup. There's something about it that makes me feel alive."

Whether strumming an acoustic guitar or stitching together frantic beats, Ferguson has proven himself a master of beautiful melodies and plaintive emotions. With the help of his collaborators on Hunting, his songs have never sounded so pure.

Hunting has recently completed a cross Canada tour including two sold out shows with American indie folk greats The Cave Singers as well as stops at Pop Montreal 2013, CMW 2014, Red Bull Tour Bus with Yukon Blonde and Rifflandia.  The song Everything Will Be Okay reached #11 on the CBC Radio 3 charts and #21 on the national campus radio charts.



Lyrics

Everything Will Be Okay

Written By: Bradley Ferguson

cocaine bags pinned on the wall
I can't believe I'm here alone
158 times to call
but that's all

Everything is going to be okay

face is bleeding on the floor
scrawling verses on the wall
but M you're not the only one
that's come undone

Everything is going to be okay

remember days of standing tall?
posters of you on the wall
how could she let you take the fall?
bet that's all

Antony

Written By: Bradley Ferguson

I've been seeing lots of me and I can be in love with
I've been seeming low and needy I can't shake it off of me
I am molton burning bridges over steaming water
I am me, over sea and love will rot alone with me

you sit alone with me 'till I am less undone
listen to Antony and Hope there is Someone
you said you'd always be and love me 'till I'm gone
listen to Antony and Hope there is Someone

rain, rain such a pain I hate this fucking rain
sun, sun I'll be your sun and shine it down on you
song, song I love that song play it when you bury me
I can see all I need and I am over jealousy

you sit alone with me 'till I am less undone
listen to Antony and Hope there is Someone
you said you'd always be and love me 'till I'm gone
listen to Antony and Hope there is Someone

Take my treason, I had reason
please hold on my line, tight

you sit alone with me 'till I am less undone
listen to Antony and Hope there is Someone
you said you'd always be and love me 'till I'm gone
listen to Antony and Hope there is Someone

Discography

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