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This Isn't Just Music; It's a Story

“The Dear Hunter is the story of a boy, from his creation to his untimely end; the beautifully rapturous to the truly tragic. Set at the dawn of the 20th century, the debut EP ‘I: The Lake South, The River North’ gives birth to a story, and attempts to make sense of the future by explaining. Simply put, The Dear Hunter sings of things to which we can all relate; lust, deceit, greed, and hunting.” --- The Dear Hunter began its life as one man’s idea. Conceived in late 2003 and gestated until the winter of 2004, Casey Crescenzo set out to do something simple: create pure, heartfelt music that he alone set the boundaries for. However, The Dear Hunter lay dormant for most of 2005 and early 2006, with only an eleven track demo to show as evidence of its existence. He returned to The Dear Hunter following the end of his tenure as guitarist, vocalist, and effects operator for The Receiving End Of Sirens in May of 2006, seeing his project in a new creative light. With new found inspiration and passion, he began to write, record, and compile what would become ‘The Lake South, The River North’ over the course of the summer. With a wealth of both new and revitalized material at Crescenzo’s fingertips, one obstacle remained; more musicians were needed to fully realize his ideas. He chose to enlist the talents of two friends, Luke Dent on keys and Erick Serna on guitar. The hidden beauty of this music lies within its potential. Crescenzo has made it clear that the only limit The Dear Hunter will adhere to is the story it intends to tell. No creative or musical stone will be left unturned. Although ‘I: The Lake South, The River North’ is a mere prologue, it speaks volumes of what lies ahead. It is quite obvious that both The Dear Hunter and the character whose life they aim to interpret through their music have something in common; only time will tell where each of them will go, and the heights they may be capable of reaching. --TAKEN FROM

Creative and triumphant musical accomplishment

This album, without a doubt, is the most cohesive LP with the most creative and unique songs that I have heard in a long, long time. The hints of that balls-out rock on "The River South, The Lake North" has an undeniable presence on this album, but all of the melodic, orchestral sounds of the EP are certainly here and even amplified. In brief, this album not only recalls all the touches and styles that made the EP so wonderful, but it reinvents that style and adds to it--resulting in a powerful, emotive, and truly musical work. The album seamlessly shifts from hard-hitting vocals and accompanying sounds, like in "The Church And the Dime", to the delicate and more subtle sounds of "The Bitter Suite 1& 2". Crescenzo's vocals are beyond amazing--in this album, he proves his pitch range and his tonal range with room to spare. Most impressive, however, is simply the cohesiveness of the work. This band has brought together a plethora of musical styles and attitudes--from old-world cello work to neo-electronica effects--to create 15 completely original and beautiful tracks. With any other band, the album would be disjointed and even over the top (as concept albums tend to be). With The Dear Hunter, it seems that a whole new musical style--one where orchestral influences and electronic effects aren't feared, but embraced--has been created. In a word, STUNNING. I highly, highly recommend this album. DOWNLOAD: the album, but if you're looking for specific tracks, I say: The Procession, The Church And the Dime, The Bitter Suite I & II, Red Hands, Dear Ms. Leading I'm sure you'll join me in saying, "When, oh when, is Act III coming?"

72% rock, 15% jazz, 10% blues, 3% classical =100% greatness by the dear hunter

Act II The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms.Leading, has one of the most intricate concepts I have ever heard in a concept album. (Not very many concepts can surpass what TDH are doing with their multiple act/album concept) Most bands can't make a concept album with out sacrificing the music for the concept , or the concept for the music. That being said, this is one of the best albums of the year. The band is tight and talented, the lyrics pull you in to the story, and the vocals have you believing every word. Not even one little aspect of this album ever feels forced, or out of place. I love how there are some act I lyrics, and melodies scattered around, because they keep you in the mind set that this is the second act, and not a sequel. This album also has one of the best and most clever song tittles (at least in my opinion), "The Bitter Suite", some people get it and some people don't, but for me it is one of the small pieces of clever creativity that make this album so amazing.


Formed: 2005 in Providence, RI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Dear Hunter started as a solo side project by singer and keyboardist Casey Crescenzo, formerly a key member of Belchertown, Massachusetts emo act the Receiving End of Sirens. An outlet for Crescenzo's songs that didn't fit the Receiving End of Sirens' heavy post-hardcore vibe, the Dear Hunter was initially envisioned as a concurrent project. Indeed, Crescenzo's first gig as the Dear Hunter was an opening slot for the Receiving End of Sirens, at which he was backed by the other members of the...
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