The constant comparisons made to melodic hardcore heroes Rise Against are appropriate for The Hunters’ third record, Art Electric - at least on the surface. Minus the former’s political leanings and their tendency to take themselves so seriously. The Hunters’ rousing punk anthems aim a little closer to the heart, sincere and spirited, even when aiming for larger rock radio play. Producer Matt Allison (Lawrence Arms, Alkaline Trio, Menzingers) has a reputation within the genre, and brings a sense of vitality to the material. AE is indebted to other acts (look no further than the idol-worshipping opener “Dave Grohl”), but it’s not any worse for it. These Quebec City boys have come a far way from playing basements eight years ago.
An ON/QC tour runs from May through July, including a hometown show May 23 at Le Scanner Bistro. Details on the band’s website.