Thursday, September 24, 2009

The DEAR HUNTER land in NYC on Wednesday, October 28 at the Bowery Ballroom

THE DEAR HUNTER--Casey Crescenzo (singer/pianist/guitarist/lyricist/multi-instrumentalist/producer), Andy Wildrick (guitar/engineer), Erick Serna (guitar), Nick Crescenzo (drums), and Nate Patterson (bass)--are launching a headlining tour in support of their critically acclaimed sophomore album, ACT III: LIFE AND DEATH, which came out June 23 on Triple Crown Records.

They land in NYC on Wednesday, October 28 at the Bowery Ballroom.

Here’s a live video shot in New York City on July 10 of “He Said He Had A Story” from the new album:

And to give you an idea of their acoustic side, check out this clip of “Mustard Gas,” also from the new album:

And one last clip, a video update from Casey Crescenzo about the launch of the upcoming tour dates and the forthcoming video for “What It Means To Be Alone”:

A continuum of the humanistic tale following an unnamed central character, ACT III: LIFE AND DEATH dives into the fractures of our nature--exploring generally darker subject matter than the previous two chapters of the Dear Hunter saga. At the core, the record examines the social landscape of war, set in a parallel universe during the time of World War One. As you delve deeper into the story, the album sifts through the heart and mind of its main character, known only as "the boy." He is thrust into battle at the height of the conflict, and encounters everything from an angel of death to his twin brother. With every song, a step in the boy's journey is represented. The album begins with the epic and haunting choir vocals of "Writing on a Wall," reflecting the cryptic message our hero sees written on a crumbled wall during battle. He is instructed to "come away...where the ground is red, and you need a mask to breathe." This chilling message summons the boy toward his fate, just as it heralds the listener to invest themselves fully in the listening experience that lay ahead. The powerful opening track serves as a call to arms for both our hero and the listener.

Check out these rave reviews:

“Casey Crescenzo, the multi-talented fountainhead of THE DEAR HUNTER, assembled a masterwork in ACT III: LIFE AND DEATH, ostensibly the midsection of his ongoing, six-act tale of a born-loser boy who falls for a whore. LIFE AND DEATH expands the Danny Elfman-does-gypsy-vaudeville sound pioneered on TDH’s two previous albums, dedicating more space to better explore the densely layered vocal swathes (‘Writing On A Wall’) and polyrhythmic grooves (‘In Cauda Venenum’) for which Crescenzo’s become known. He flexes some serious harmonic muscle on the lachrymose ‘Saved’ and the aching, album-closing trifecta ‘Son,’ ‘Father’ and ‘Life and Death.’ If you’d prefer to simply commence wetting your shorts, jump to the 4:15 mark of ‘Thief’ and listen through to the end of ‘Mustard Gas.’ F**king bravo, man. 4-1/2 out of 5 stars.”
--Casey Lynch, Alternative Press, August 2009

“…dramatic, dissonant, style-shifting rock…baroque orchestral arrangements, Broadway-esque piano ballads and everything in between. One minute DEAR HUNTER leader Casey Crescenzo is drenched in a backdrop of lush harmonies (‘Writing on a Wall’), the next he's roaring through a wall of bombastic guitars and horns (‘In Cauda Venenum’).”
--Evan Lucy, Billboard, July 11, 2009

“…a great example of getting away with a ton of bold guitar work that is always in service of the song…There is a grand theatricality to ACT III that brings to mind Oingo Boingo, Queen and Jellyfish…this is such a great record.”
--Matt Blackett, Guitar Player, September 2009

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