The Dear Hunter release brand new EP All Is As All Should Be Friday via Cave and Canary Goods. The album follows 2016’s release of Act V: Hymns With The Devil In Confessional, part of a series of concept albums the band has been releasing over the years. All Is As All Should Be is the third record of the band’s that is independent to the Acts.
The EP came together in a very unique way – frontman Casey Crescenzo reached out to six friends/fans for a general musical vibe and lyric idea that meant something to them. He and the band then wrote the songs using those concepts and the band recorded each song in the home of that individual. “I wasn’t sure how that idea would be received by anyone. For one, it seemed like the most unnecessarily stressful writing/recording scenario. Not only were we writing toward one person specifically, but we would then record it in front of them – exposing mistakes, frustration, spats, and all the other potentially embarrassing moments that arise in a regular recording sessions,” Crescenzo explains in a Medium article recently released detailing the experience. The final product resulted in six tracks, each recorded in a different location and inspired by a different individual’s concept. “At every session, we ran the gamut of emotions – from the anxious excitement of recording, to the stress watching the clock tick by when you feel like you’re still hours from the right take…but at the end of every day, we walked away feeling inspired,” Crescenzo says of the recording process. The band recently released a music video for “Blame Paradise”, the second song on the new record. Fans can watch that video HERE.
The Dear Hunter, never a band to follow the tradition rules of the music industry, has built a resume of bringing unique ideas to life and keeping their fans engaged along the way. This past summer, the band partnered with Music Masters to host a week long summer camp for fans in upstate New York. The band personalized the camp with lessons and activities – and used the opportunity to truly connect with their fans.
When reflecting on the success of the band, Crescenzo remains humble. “I know how lucky I am to be where I am. I know that I don’t deserve it. I know no one deserves it. I know that sometimes, accessibility, and a lack of mystery, can hurt your identity as an artist. Sure, I could play the game and develop some useful persona that wakes up at 2:00pm behind ironically big shades and some hip lifted fashion sense…I could try and push forward any myth I see about myself – hoping to trick myself into climbing up on a pedestal…or, I could take a step back, and recognize the real reason anyone knows my name, or my band, and that’s due entirely to everyone except me.”
The band is currently headlining a winter tour in support of the new release – with support from The Family Crest and VAVA. After wrapping the tour, the band will end 2017 with a holiday show supporting Taking Back Sunday in New Jersey. Tour dates can be found below and tickets are on sale now via the band’s website.
All Is As All Should Be is available digitally on iTunes and Bandcamp. The EP will be streaming worldwide on December 8th.