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L.A.'s Bootleg audience is the next target for Hunters

November 11, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 11--LOS ANGELES -- Members of Hunters might be exhausted before they get on stage, but they claim audiences will never see it in their energetic performances.

"Sometimes I'm really tired before a show or after a show," said singer Isabel Almeida. "But that moment on stage, when you play your songs, it's just so refreshing in a way. You get to take out all of your frustrations. For those 30 minutes, you're not worried about anything. You do your thing. I feel it's 30 minutes of freedom. Your brain is not overthinking."

Guitarist Derek Watson agreed.

"Whenever we play, we do whatever comes naturally," Watson said.

Hunters, which also features bassist Thomas Martin and drummer Gregg Giuffre, will take aim at the crowd inside the Bootleg Theater on Nov. 14 with Audacity and The Underground Railroad To Candyland.

The Brooklyn noise, garage and indie rock band are already garnering positive reviews and attracting fans from across the country who enjoy the band's high energy music and live performances.

"I feel like a lot of times I'm tired doing normal stuff ... so yeah sometimes I can't believe I can jump for 30 minutes because I never do that in real life," Almeida said.

The group released their debut album "Hunters" on Oct. 1.

"I think we knew we wanted to have something similar to a live show, but not identical," Watson said. "We recorded everything from live to tape. I feel like that, in terms of the way we recorded, made everything comfortable. It made it more of a live situation."

For the performance at the Bootleg, the group plans to play most of the songs from their debut album and some from earlier EPs.

The band also plans to stick around after the show to interact with their fans.

"The best part of touring is you get to meet tons of people in bands and people come to the shows and want to hang out," Watson said.

After their L.A. show, Hunters is slated to perform at San Francisco's Hotel Utah on Nov. 15, this time with the Sacramento punk band The Bananas and Audacity. The band is also currently recording new material, excited for what's next -- though Watson added:"no way does that mean I'm tired of these songs at all."

"When you finish, it's an accomplishment the record is done. But you start thinking about what's next," Almeida said. "You get excited about writing new songs and putting more stuff out."

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