The Dear Hunter circa Act III: Life and Death
The Dear Hunter is a diverse
musical project formed in 2005, not to be confused with indie band Deerhunter
or the homophonous film The Deer Hunter
. The band's lineup has changed many times since its formation, but at its core are Casey Crescenzo
(lead singer/multi-instrumentalist/producer/songwriter) and his brother, Nicholas Crescenzo
The band's Pun-based Title
is derived from the tale told throughout the band's discography. To paraphrase
, the story is basically about a boy who grows up in complete innocence
out in the country with his loving mother.
Things go downhill from there.
The bulk of the band's chronology is the boy's experiences
as he is forced to come into contact
with the real world, which quickly proves itself to be unforgiving
In the story's canon are the albums Act I: The Lake South, the River North
(2006), The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
(2007), and Act III: Life and Death
The band has also released several extended plays which are a departure from the story, most notably The Color Spectrum
(2011), a series of concept albums
, four songs apiece, which chronicle the 7 colors of the color spectrum along with black and white (9 extended plays and 36 songs in total).
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- Badass Beard: Casey Crescenzo sports quite an impressive one.
- Berserk Button: Don't ask Casey to play "Camera." He will hurt you.
- Concept Album: So far, all their albums.
- Old Shame: The aforementioned "Camera" and, to a lesser degree, the songs on the Dear Ms. Leading demo album that weren't redone for Act II.
Act I: The Lake South, the River North
Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
- Added Alliterative Appeal: "Vital Vessel Vindicates".
- Bilingual Bonus: "Blood of the Rose" has a section in Spanish which translates to: "Blood, blood of a rose / Continue in peace without the past / Pray, pray for her soul / She will die in the baptism of the fire."
- Break the Cutie: And how!
- Break Up Song: "Dear Ms. Leading".
- Broken Record: "One life for another one life for another one life for another one life for another one life for another one life for another one life for another one life for another" ad infinitum ("The Procession").
- Crapsack World: What did you expect?
- Epic Rocking: "The Lake and the River", at nine-and-a-half minutes.
- Grief Song: "The Procession" is the Boy's reaction to the sudden death of his mother and his decision to leave for the City: He proceeds to the road beyond the home he learned to call his own.
- Intercourse with You: The basis of "The Bitter Suite III: Embrace".
- Last Note Nightmare: After five-and-a-half minutes of cheery sentimentality, the orchestra in "Vital Vessel Vindicates" suddenly goes crazy, then cuts out completely, leaving the listener with just the haunting piano part from "The Lake South" and the sounds of a harbor fading in.
- Love at First Sight: The protagonist feels this for Ms. Leading. He doesn't know she's just a prostitute and doesn't really love him.
- Mad Oracle: The oracles from "The Oracles on the Delphi Express", of course. The Dear Hunter doesn't listen to them.
- Meaningful Name: "Ms. Leading".
- Triumphant Reprise: "Vital Vessel Vindicates" contains lyrical and melodical reprisal from "The Bitter Suite III: Embrace", "The Pimp and the Priest", "Battesimo del Fuoco", and "The Lake South".
- Unexplained Recovery: "Let's just say she is better off somehow / Let's just say she has never been happier than she is now" ("Black Sandy Beaches").
Act III: Life and Death
The Color Spectrum