POZ Interview: The Dear Hunter
PropertyOfZack had the chance to sit down and chat with The Dear Hunter frontman Casey Crescenzo at Riot Fest for a brief interview. We spoke with Casey about the festival, taking out a string section on his current tour, an IndieGoGo for the funding of his symphony, and so much more. Check out the interview below!
So, did you just get out here [to Riot Fest Chicago] today?
Yeah we played… I want to say the night before last outside of Detroit. And we drove out last night. We basically got into town late last night. Then we checked in this morning at 11:30.
POZ: And rolled right onto the stage. Wow.
And rolled right onto the stage, yeah.
So you haven’t even had time to walk around probably!
Well I walked through the crowd from our stage here. It’s pretty wild.
POZ: I’m really blown away by the whole thing.
Yeah. It’s pretty sizable.
POZ: Yeah. That’s exactly it. I’ve been to lots of big festivals that have a couple of punk acts playing. And I’ve been to lots of punk fests that are these little affairs. But I’ve never seen anything like this, that’s so punk-centric but so big.
How does it feel to be involved in something like that?
It’s awesome. The thing is, no matter what the ‘genre’ of festival is for us – like we’re going and doing a cruise, like a prog-rock cruise – there’s two things: 1. The fact that anyone wants you to come play and thinks that you’re worth anything, that you would make their festival better, that’s amazing. But 2. How arrogant can people be that you would decide not to do a festival because you don’t want to attain fans from different genres? So for us, those two things are amazing. The fact that people want us here and the fact that we can play in front of a crowd that’s obviously a different crowd than say a festival like Bamboozle, or SXSW or Coachella, it’s very unique to itself. To be able to come here – we love Chicago. So it’s awesome. And it’s very flattering. Very, very flattering.
Do you have bands you’re going to try to check out while you’re here?
Well one of the bands I was really excited to see went on right when we were done — and I had to go do an interview – was Stars. Big fan of Stars. And then, I know, between me and the guys in the band… is it FLAG?
POZ: Yeah, it’s FLAG that’s here. It’s not the Greg Ginn one, it’s the one with all the other guys.
Blondie, The Pixies, The Replacements…
POZ: I’m so stoked for The Replacements.
Yeah. So I’m sure that once the musical clutter that’s associated with any festival clears out, and the real names get up, I’m sure we’re going to be running around to make sure we catch everything.
Are you doing both days of the weekend? Are you here all weekend?
Tomorrow I have a show in DeKalb, a solo show. But probably some of the guys from the band will stick around to check it out. I wish I could, tomorrow looks awesome. And we have some friends playing tomorrow too. But I’ll miss it.
So are you in the middle of the string quartet tour right now?
I guess this would be kind of the middle. What’s the date today? It is exactly the middle. And it’s awesome. It’s very different for us. It’s a dream. We’ve wanted to tour with a string quartet for a long time. Doing it in this setting, especially being able to do it at a festival like this, it’s awesome.
Did you have to go compose string parts for the whole thing?
Yes. There were some songs – some of them already have the parts there. And some of them already had charts that I made up before. But for a lot of them, I had to go back and just re-approach the song, knowing what might have been a horn section, or “let me do it with strings here.” So it was a lot of fun.