Hunters' Izzy Almeida and Derek Watson formed their band in part because they both loved grunge and proto-punk acts like Sonic Youth and the Stooges, and those influences ring out loud and clear (or should that be heavy and murky?) on their self-titled debut. While Watson's vocals often have a Kurt Cobain-like bray to them -- particularly on "Street Trash," where he and Almeida prove it's possible to shout in harmony -- Hunters don't ape Nirvana so much as Cobain's record collection: hints of the Melvins' sludge collide with singsongy boy-girl vocals reminiscent of the Vaselines. The band fares best on songs like "Narcissist," which, like the Vines' grunge love letters, are pretty fun even if they aren't shockingly original. "She's So" and "Thin Twin" reveal Hunters' surprisingly sharp pop instincts, while "Nosebleed"'s ebb and flow borrow some of Sonic Youth's expansiveness in a way the band makes its own.
|Label:||Mom & Pop Music|