Fremantle's The Hunting Birds set to release debut EP In It's Nature and take off for WA launch dates.
The Hunting Birds are a contradiction of the best kind. Darkness meets light in the band’s enchanting fusion of genres – and they’re stepping it up a notch with their forthcoming debut EP In Its Nature.
Since forming in 2015, the Fremantle five-piece have been gigging hard in their hometown as well as appearing at major festivals including Falls Festival and Bluesfest.
Well-known in their home state of WA, The Hunting Birds’ have enjoyed several successful national tours, plus support slots with folk heavyweights The Lumineers and English singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner.
Led by lead vocalists Kendra Fewster and Connor Minervini, the group’s sound is an intoxicating mix of folk, rock, pop and blues – incorporating the elements of each but unable to be labelled as one or the other.
Fewster and Minervini’s vocals soar above the well-oiled musicianship of lead guitarist Chris Mackenzie, bassist Gwyneth Gardiner and drummer Brad Forbes who move effortlessly from dark and dirty rock to warm, melodic pop. Electric guitars and crashing drums contrast with the warmth of acoustic guitars, sugary vocals and melodic keys.
Their 2015 debut single ‘From the Ashes’ introduced us to a band whose striking vocal harmonies and beautiful lyrics are backed up with serious musical chops. Subsequent releases ‘State of Mind’ and ‘Burn This House Down’ showcased the band’s vast range of musical styles.
The Hunting Birds’ latest EP In Its Nature represents the band growing up, finding its groove and leaning into its identity.
Working with WAM Award-winning engineer Andy Lawson and in-demand producer Joel Quartermain (Meg Mac, Dan Sultan), the group have created an EP they’re immensely proud of.
Opening track ‘Currents’ sees Fewster take the lead in a poignant ode to life’s changing tides, while the darkest moment on the EP belongs to ‘Naïve Eyes’, with Minervini growling down his personal demons. ‘Here We Go’ rounds out an incredibly diverse record with overwhelming optimism and hope.
Thanks to this trademark diversity of sound, listening to a Hunting Birds record is never boring. It’s a journey that will take you in many directions, only to bring you right back home with its warmth and honesty.
THE HUNTING BIRDS “In Its Nature” EP Launches
Saturday 27 October – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth WA
with special guests. Doors Open 8pm. Tickets from www.oztix.com.au
Friday 2 November – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River WA
Doors Open 9:30pm