Hunter Valentine is a hard rock band who recently moved from Canada to Brooklyn. They’ve been featured on “The Real L Word” and VH1’s “Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project”, and were selected as Revolver Magazine’s “Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock” in 2012. I had the chance to catch up with them during their run of final tour dates, which included a stop at Wynwoods’ Gramps in February. We talked about the differences between Canadian and U.S. touring, their final EP, “The Pledge”, and what artists fans would be surprised they blast on their phones.
Hali Neal: Moving to Brooklyn from Canada is a big change. What spurred the move?
Hunter Valentine: We had toured a bunch in Canada when we were first starting out and it was really hard. In Canada there are a bunch of cities that you can hit on the east coast and a handful on the west, but days of driving in between. We wanted to be road dogs to build our name and knew that there were more touring opportunities in the U.S. We always go back and give canada love though. Not as much as we would like to though.
HN: What made you decide that this was going to be your final tour/EP for a while? Was there a particular defining moment?
HV: There was no defining moment. It was a gradual and mutual feeling that developed. We all wanted to explore our personal options. I am launching a solo project in the next year. I’ve been writing and stashing away songs from sessions I’ve done in Nashville, LA, Toronto and NYC. It’s an exciting time. Laura is going back to working her career as a chef. Some people don’t know this, but she’s been a professional chef for years and is stoked to go back to it.
HN: What inspired you to go on shows like “The Real L Word” (and the others)?
HV: Well, really casting directors approached us from our visibility on the web. We never turn down an opportunity to engage new fans, so we jumped on it. It was quite a ride, but we don’t regret a minute of it.
HN: How’d the Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee Lounge performance come about?
HV: Our wonderful publicist Chrissy at Catalyst Publicity group connected Dunkin. It was a blast!
HN: Name one song people would be surprised that each of you have on your phones or iPods.
Kiyomi M.: Carrie Underwood: Smoke Break
Laura Petracca: Miley Cyrus: Party in the U.S.A
Leanne K. Bowes: Britney Spears: Circus
Lisa Bianco: Take That: Let in the sun
HN: How’d you come up with your band name?
HV: Threw a bunch of names in a hat and first we pulled out a rabbit and then this name!
HN: Do your lyrics come from real life experiences or are they more ideas that come to you that you put to music?
HV: It’s a mixture of both, but primarily firsthand experiences. I think that kind of balance is good.
HN: For a band that has a decidedly harder sound, I couldn’t help but wonder why the quote “armed with pop punk vibes” has such a prominent feature on your website? Was that from a review or does it have another meaning to you?
HV: I think it’s from a review. I don’t even know what that means!
HN: Any funny tour stories or pranks?
HV: Oh they are endless. We are constantly laughing and joking around. In the tour van, on the road, all we have is each other, so we try and keep it light and fun.
Hunter Valentine released their final EP, “The Pledge” on Valentine’s Day and finished a final run of tour dates shortly after that. Fans can check out their music video for here and here. They may be done for now, but if you live in the New York/Massachusetts area, they do have some upcoming performances, so be sure to like and follow them on their socials.