Now, I don’t believe that I know every bit there is to know about the world, but I do know quite a few things. For example, I know that at sixteen I'm tired of the mainstream pop-rock on the radio. Exhibit A: Demi Lovato. Yes, she's a great role model and a pretty decent singer and some of her songs are, dare I say it, good (Skyscraper, anyone?), but she gets repetitive and annoying, and really, there's only so many songs about heartbreak one can sing (Taylor Swift take note). Maybe I'm in my rebellious stage or maybe growing up with a media that has thrown artist after artist in my face has finally taken its toll on my five foot ten frame. Does this make me “indie”? Perhaps. After all, being a hipster does seem to be the latest trend, and if my current slew of musical tastes and summers scarves mean anything, then I’ve already hopped on board. If that's the case, then I am proud to say that I've been entranced and thrown into the wonder that is Hunting Grounds, a prime example of the best of the indie/hipster music scene.
Formerly known as Howl, this Australian sextet has captured my heart with their triple hit vocals, equally provided by Michael Belsar, Lachlan Morrish, and Galen Strachan. Add in Jonathon Crawford on bass, Tim Street on guitar, and Daniel Marie on drums and you’ve got a great group. Transforming from a rugged, punk core to a melodic, indie sound with crazy riffs and mesmerizing vocals, Hunting Grounds is everything you could ever want in an up-and-coming band. Looking for something to listen to now? They dropped their first album post-name change, In Hindsight, back in 2012 - but with their seemingly lack of an audience in the States, I figured I would attempt to kick it off right now.
This album has been worth the wait. From their catchy single “In Colour”, with its underlying tones from their days as Howl, to the more pop-ish sounding “Mind Decays”, this album encompasses everything and anything, and is far better than Howl's old $21 DIY music videos. The reverberations that radiate from the guitars and the slickness of the keys are nothing to be overlooked. I was looking for something new, something different, and I think I've discovered it. This is a group that didn't conform to the idea of the stereotypical pop-indie band, but instead took what they were and where they came from and made it into something completely their own. I may not know where they're headed, but you can be damn sure that wherever it is, I'll be there