Introduce yourself and the band:
My name is Tim Damon, myself and Matt St. Clair formed the band initially and both write songs, play guitar and sing. With the addition of Josh McCormick on keys and Ray McCoy and John Maiello on bass and drums respectively, we are the Hunting Club.
How would you describe your sound and lyric style?
Oh boy THIS question! Well, I suppose we are the most quintessential five piece rock band there can be in many ways. Many people would agree the thing that sets apart any band is how they play their instruments, how they approach a song. In that sense, I am more technical guitar player, contrasted with Matt who plays with more gut feeling and….slinkiness? He’s the guy who fills in the space with little licks that change flavor with almost every initial iteration of a song as we massage it into something more permanent.
Ray is a literal riff machine, his approach is to listen to the chord changes and vocal melody for a brand new song once or twice at most, close his eyes and have a one-of-a-kind backbone for the song in less than five minutes, which just blows my mind every time I see it happen. He never just plucks through chord roots, but on the other hand, he doesn’t ever push his bass playing into what I consider annoying “lead bass” territory like some either.
John is a punk drummer, no bullshitting and no dancing on the high hat is in his vocabulary, and that keeps our songs driving and rockin’.
Finally, Josh’s keys are what make a good slab of music meat taste like something special, he usually laces a song with secondary or response melodies or hooks and of course thickens the entire sound with organs and chord work as well. Our lyrical style is a combination of themes of introspection and life’s hardships, things we strive and “hunt” (AHA!) for (usually involving relationships) and our arrangements usually involve verses and choruses with the occasional bridge. What is the saying…..if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?
Who are your main influences? What else inspires you?
When we first started the band, Matt wanted to be Jim Morrison, I wanted to be Pete Townshend, Josh was making beats and playing Ray Manzerek as he joined his first bands and had worshipped Bob Dylan’s back catalog for years. Ray came from playing in hardcore bands in Vermont, and John from punk and hardcore bands in Jersey. As a band we look to our friends in other bands as much as the current garage/indie scene and our individual preferences for inspiration, but we are very much a group that keeps influences on a subconscious level, realizing similarities to other sounds or songs later and shrugging our shoulders because that’s how it works, right?
What are you working on now?
Since Holiday Beach, we have written another batch of songs and continue to massage them and introduce them one at a time at shows around Seattle to get them to a point where they may be ready to record or….to scrap.
Are you touring now? When/where?
Just playing shows in Seattle/Pacific Northwest, but looking forward to some East Coast and West Coast jaunts in 2014. We also really want to come to the UK! If there are any booking agents who want to get us across the pond, please get in touch!
What can people expect at your live gigs?
Whips, chains, whistles, yoyos….. No, actually just alot of friends who love us and are increasing in number, they drink beer, meet and catch up with one another and dance around to our songs, and it’s the best thing!
Where can people check out your music?