Photo: Courtesy Hunters
They may look like Sid and Nancy, but thankfully, bandmates (and real-life couple) Derek Watson and Izzy Almeida leave all the melodrama for onstage. Under desolate spotlights, in dingy clubs, the late twenty-something duo behind Brooklyn’s latest noise makers Hunters crash guitars onto floors, throw their bodies in spontaneous fits, and otherwise seem to lose control.
They don't lose control of the music, though, which is riotous and weird, simple-minded but progressive, and exactly what you’d expect from Brooklyn’s underground.
Their stage choreography is courtesy of their shared love of professional wrestling, and their art punk style comes from pioneers like The Stooges, The Melvins, Sonic Youth and even riot grrl era Sleater-Kinney.
Two-minute-plus gems like “Deadbeat” and “Headache” aren’t genius, but they are magentic, drawing in fans like The Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha and Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner. Those two were so enamored by Hunters’ raw live set, they signed on to help produce the 2011 EP, Hands On Fire.
This September, Hunters' self-titled debut, which came alive at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studios here in Chicago, will further mark these two as the punk school rivals tearing up the music playground. Make friends with them now.
Sample the 2011 EP Hands on Fire.
August 20 @ 7:30 p.m. $12. Subterranean, 2011 W North Ave. subt.net
Selena Fragassi is a contributing music critic for Chicago.