Wilderness Tales, The Long Hunt’s five track debut album- released February 17, 2017- has been out for nearly four months to the day. As such, this post is one of those “been meaning to for a while, but never got around to it” types. Reactions to the cover art, featuring the disembodied head of a three-eyed deer, have ranged from “cool” to “creepy”, “mysterious” to “unsettling”. Is there a story behind the artwork? How was it made, what does it mean? Answers to these questions can be found below.
The deer head sculpture itself started its life as a ball of wadded-up newspaper, gifted to our house by the ever generous postman. It was probably the penny-saver coupon book, now that I think about it. Masking tape helped give the ball a little form, and a shortened paper-towel roll gave shape to the nose and the neck. After I had…
Here are a few quick updates for the band as we close out the first week of the month of May. Probably the most obvious one is that the site got a new look with the triple-eye banner and tree background. Our bandcamp site got a similarly themed facelift as well. No real reason for the change in appearance, I guess I just thought it was time for something new.
Another change to the site includes the addition of a dedicated video page. Currently we have four videos up, one of our live in-studio recording of the song “ground of Being” and three recorded at last month’s show with The Skull, Horehound, and Monolith Wielder at Cattivo in Pittsburgh, PA. The three live gig videos were graciously done by the great Jeremy Schindorff and crew of Toledo, Ohio’s NWO Metal Militia and That Local metal Show. Definitely check these…
Here are a few pictures taken on April 26 in Frick Park and the surrounding area, including Duck Hollow Trail along the Monongahela River, near Pittsburgh. We starting walking a little after 6:00 and didn’t get back until 8:30, after the sun had set.
The Sun was pretty low by the time we got down to the river at Duck Hollow, with the receding light making it difficult to get sharp shots with the zoom lens and no tripod.
By the time we walked back towards the car, the sun had completely set. We had run into deer along the path before, so I was holding out for a shot or two. We did come across two younger deer, but it was so dark at that point, clear shots were basically impossible. Maybe next time.
Here’s a gallery of all the shots in this post. Click on an image for larger resolution plus shooting info.
Here are a few select images I took of the band Artificial Consciousness Machines who played this years Federal Frenzy in downtown Youngstown, Ohio. I would describe their sound as Jazz-fusion with an experimental and oftentimes even progressive tinge. The vocals were of course great, but I was also pleased and pleasantly surprised with the large percentage of strictly instrumental music they had on offer. For a brand-new band of about a month in the making, they sounded well rehearsed and put on a great show. The music is particularly fun to listen to and engaging. Definitely an asset to the Youngstown music scene!
I updated the look and layout of the site, which, in my opinion, looks a lot more streamlined than the older version. Everything is essentially all on one page: music, photos, everything else. Speaking of photos, I decided to feature my photography a little more prominently. I now have various galleries available to view on my home page. If you don’t feel like going there right now to check it out, here’s a sampling of some recent images I’ve taken this month so far. These pictures were taken in either Frick Park, or McConnell’s mill, Pennsylvania- all in the span of two weeks. The fact that there is so much snow in some photos and it is so green in others really illustrates how quickly the weather can change in this part of the country!
Here is a story about the making of the song “Valley of the Sun”. The inspiration in many ways came from a road trip Allison and I took to Utah and Colorado in the spring of 2016. The band had just started writing its first songs about a month or two prior, so I decided to take my acoustic guitar along with us to hopefully develop those ideas and maybe even come up with some new ones out on the road.
It took two and a half days to drive from Pittsburgh to Western Colorado and it more or less rained the entire time. I say more or less because we also had some light snow and hale around the Toledo, Ohio area.
Day 1: Rain in Ohio
On the second day, the drive across the seemingly never-ending state of Nebraska was met with unrelenting and oftentimes torrential rain. After…
Above is a link to a fantastic write-up for Wilderness Tales by Alex Gordon of the Pittsburgh City Paper. It was a really great experience and we are thankful for the kind words. The article is also in the print edition, so make sure you pick up a copy if you are in the distribution area.
As a reminder, the album comes out Friday, February 17, with three songs available on our bandcamp page. You’ll be able to download from other sites, including Amazon, itunes, and google. More on that later. The song Valley of the Sun is available for a limited time as a free download on the city paper website, linked below.