The Weekly Tour Round-Up
Trailin’ T. Mills
Banquets on NOFX
The Industry With Jesse Cannon
Crime In Stereo - 89 North Tickets [Ended on April 26th]
To Paint The Sky - “Burn Away”
The Dear Hunter’s new album, Migrant, simply takes your breath away.
The album sets itself apart from The Dear Hunter’s previous three full-lengths all in sound, technique, and concept. No song in particular stands out, as they are all impressive by their own means. Setting that aside, everything about Migrant—from the instrumentation to the song writing—is subtle, but impactful. The songs are theatrical, enticing movement in an emotional and physical sense.
Every song on Migrant sounds different, but all of the tracks work in sync together. There’s pop, rock, and a pinch of folk to keep all types of listeners tuned in. At first, “Bring You Down” sounds like a sinister medley from a Hitchcock film, but then transitions into something much more comforting. The call-and-response between the chimes and the piano are mesmerizing. Add in Casey Crescenzo’s compelling voice, and the musical magic plays on.
“Shame” has the unsettling factor again, but feels like an elegant tango between quarrelling lovers. But then “An Escape” follows, which literally feels like an escape to another musical realm with gorgeous melodies dripping from every word. (For some reason, the arrangement of “oohs” midway through reminds me of the enchanting snow scene from “Edward Scissorhands.”) This is a song to blast in the car with the windows down as you speed down the highway en route to a spontaneous adventure.
Senior Writer Jesse Richman had the chance to catch up with Casey from The Dear Hunter at SXSW for an in-depth interview. Jesse and Casey discussed SXSW, Equal Vision Records, getting away from concept records, tours, and much more. Check it all out below!
So Casey, how are you doing?
Doing good, how are you doing?
I’m doing alright! When did you get into town [for SXSW]?
We got in around 11:30 today.
You’re doing a showcase this afternoon. What else are your plans while you’re here?
We’re doing a Showcase and then at like midnight or 12:30 I have an acoustic show somewhere. Then tomorrow we’re playing on the roof of a Whole Foods, I guess. That’s about it.
Do you think you’ll have time to see other bands while you’re down here?
I’m sure I will have time, but I think I will be so overwhelmed that…
POZ: Was going to say, was there anyone you were trying to get to?
I don’t even know who’s here. I don’t know who’s here.
Alright. So let’s talk Equal Vision [Records]. You signed with them and then you formed your own imprint [Cave & Canary Goods]. How did that all come about?
Well. When the contract was fulfilled with Triple Crown Records and then they found out that we were going to do The Color Spectrum…
POZ: Yeah that’s tough to get a label to sign off on, doing that many EP’s.
Yeah. Definitely. So after that, we had in mind the perfect scenario and we set out to look for it. We talked to a few different labels.
POZ: So you approached the labels with, “We want an imprint.” ?
Yeah. So we spoke with EVR, and they liked the idea and liked the idea of branding it that way. So after meeting with them, talking with them, explaining what the music was going to be like, it was a perfect match.
So are the plans with the imprint bigger than just The Dear Hunter? Are you going to be signing other bands to it?
I hope to. But I don’t want to, just because it’s there now, go overboard. I would like to take time and let it happen naturally. But that is the goal.
POZ: Do you have an idea of what you want the imprint to be?
POZ: Yeah. Obviously if you were going out looking for it, you must have some concept…
I think I want it geared more towards people… It’s hard to explain… I really love vinyl and packaging and that whole world of things and I know that the fan base for that type of product is smaller. So I would like to approach it as more of a boutique label which also brings with it a slightly more focused musical spectrum. It wouldn’t be sensible to do Metal because that doesn’t really fall into place with the aesthetic of it. But, there’s band I’m on tour with right now. We brought out Naïve Thieves. They will probably be the first actual release. And they’re like a 60s throwback, vibe-y, somewhere in between The Clash and… I can’t remember the name but 60s garage rock. But they’re a great band. And I think they’ll be the first non-Dear Hunter release.
In terms of The Dear Hunter, you guys just did The Color Spectrum DVD. You’ve done a lot of The Color Spectrum. How did the DVD idea come out of it? Was it always a part of the plan?
No. Early on in the touring cycle, I had mentioned that I had wanted to do a start-to-finish The Color Spectrum show. The initial reaction from the people that run the business was that it doesn’t make sense, it would be too much, and that’s asking a lot for people to sit through, and I agree. But then as it picked up steam and people liked the record and they liked different parts of it all, not just one thing or the other, the idea seemed a little bit better and we re-approached it. It was like, “If we’re going to do this, we can’t not film it. If we’re going to do just one show of this, ever…” So it kind of just fell into place and then eventually it was like, well I guess we should just release this. So now it’s this three-hour-long DVD.
The Dear Hunter Fans, they’re obviously a specific breed. They’re the kind of people that would be into a three-hour full DVD. Do you think you see yourself doing anything that ambitious again anytime soon?
Not soon. Just because I think what made that project really special for me was that when I initially thought of doing it and to the time I was actually able to do it, was a span of about five years of waiting to jump in and actually make that happen. So I think that in maybe another five years from now, I might do something that extensive, but I’m enjoying doing things like the record we just finished.
The Weekly Tour Round-Up
SXSW Survival Guide
Our Must-See Acts And Showcases
Day One - Travel, The Arrival, And The Start Of A Week In Austin
Day Two - Schedule Audible, Big Crowds, Twin Falls, And Good Surprises
Day Three - Everybody Wants Something
Day Four - Work With Carrabba, Craig, EVR. Play With Fall Out Boy
Sam Pura And His Panda Tales
Team Recommendations - Emo 8 Themed
HRVRD On Radiohead
Behind The Booths
The Story Changes
Finch, The Almost, The World Is A Beautiful Place…
Man Overboard, Dads, Markets And Dwellers, Young And Heartless
Modern Baseball, The Hundred Acre Woods, The Bootleg Flyers
Prawn, Gates, Marietta, Girl Scouts, Lava Avacada
PropertyOfZack is teaming up with The Dear Hunter and Triple Crown Records to give away a DVD and deluxe CD box set of The Color Spectrum, which can be purchased here. The contest will end on March 18th, so find out how to enter below!
To win a DVD + box set from The Dear Hunter you must do each of the following things:
It’s time for The Weekly Tour Round-Up! There are a ton of great tours going on this fall and winter and more are getting announced each week. Below you’ll find all the tours going on over the next few months, with newly announced tours listed above previously announced tours. So check out all the tours if you’ve missed any of them and make sure to mark them down on your calendars!
Broadway Calls, My Iron Lung [02/16-02/28]
Sparks The Rescue, Rookie Of The Year, Jimmie Deeghan [02/22-03/17]
Candy Hearts, Pentimento, Allison Weiss [03/02-04/06]
Jonny Craig, Kurt Travis [03/08-04/07]
Hands Like Houses, I The Mighty Road [03/09-03/19]
Woe, Is Me, Crown The Empire [03/12-03/19]
Andrew McMahon [03/12-04/21]
The Dear Hunter [03/12-04/27]
HRVRD, Junior Astronomers [03/18-03/27]
Handguns, State Champs, Veara [03/19-03/27]
The Rocket Summer [03/20-04/19]
A Day To Remember, Of Mice & Men, Issues, CNCC [03/20-05/04]
Marianas Trench [03/23-04/19]
Texas In July, Structures [05/03-05/25]
United Kingdom|Mainland Europe
Stick To Your Guns [04/19-05/04]
Previously Announced Tours:
The Postal Service, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pheonix, and many more. What do you think of this year’s lineup? Will there be another hologram experiment?
The band had been incredibly quiet since the release of their new album last year, but Cedric Bixler-Zavala finally decided to rip the bandaids off for fans.
Wes Breedwell, the terminated Rocketown Employee, has spoken out for the first time since the controversy occurred. It looks like Breedwell will not be doing any additional press and has no interest on causing more excitement on the web.
If this is real, it reeks of a release that the band had absolutely no idea about, like most of Victory Records’ vinyl pressings. It’s also confusing considering the band released a greatest hits LP in 2008 called Hits.
Doesn’t the timing seem a little weird? Farro probably could have waited for more than three days following the release of the new single from Paramore’s first album without him, but that’s how the world works. We’ve seen no music from Josh Farro since brand new eyes, unlike Zac Farro who released an ambient solo EP, so it’ll be interesting to see the direction this takes.
This is good news for fans who had started wondering where the band’s new album went, but it’s almost here. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a spring release via Triple Crown Records.
And another scene girl attempts to make it where she couldn’t be for. In all seriousness though, every contestant on The Voice, and now American Idol, from our little genre have had incredible voices regardless of their musical outputs. Good luck to Taisha.
There seems to be a strange of excitement and confusion from fans of The Dear Hunter. This is now two releases in a row without an Act, but what’s equally odd is that there’s no indication of Migrant being a concept album like The Color Spectrum was.
Run For Cover announced seven 7”s in one day. What could be better than that?