For those of you who follow more “obscure” American progressive rock bands, The Dear Hunter might be on your radar. If this is the first time hearing about this amazing group, stop reading this article, and listen to them. We recommend a few songs to start with; Whisper, Waves, Shame, Is There Anybody Here, Wait, Saved, and His Hands Matched His Tongue are just a few that will most likely get you a little addicted. Honestly, some of the songs that we mentioned above are beautiful lyrically, and the dynamic instrument playing can make you feel something you rarely find in much music in the rock genre. Interestingly enough, the songs seemed to grow more and more on us to the point where a few of us here at NT can without a doubt call The Dear Hunter, their favorite band ever. We want to share The Dear Hunter’s Act 1-5 story without taking up too much of your time. Here is a mild summary: Act 1-5 are so unique as they are written and composed in the format of a deep story about “The Boy”, who also goes by “Hunter” and “The Dear Hunter”, living a tragic life at the turn of the 20th century, raised by his single mother who works in a Brothel eventually passes. His dad left when he was young, So He leaves for The City, but before he arrives he is warned by these mysterious Oracles to turn back and stay away from The City as it will ultimately start him on the path of his lonely death. “The Boy” meets a woman in The City, who works for The Pimp and eventually has his heart shattered as he realizes he has lived so far in ignorance to the corruption of The City. In a fit of Heartbrokenness, “The Boy” leaves The City to continue his tragic story. He is warned again by the Oracles to leave the new place he travels to as he is about to experience the ugly face of humanity as a soldier in the Dawn of the Great War, WW1. As you get further into the Acts, “The Boy” finds himself disconnected from his camp of fellow soldiers due to a Tank and a few different neutral parties in the war. As he is making his way back to the camp, he is hit with a cloud of Mustard Gas, and as he escapes capture by the skin of his teeth, he questions the existence of a higher power as he has experienced so much pain, physical and emotional. Before “The Boy” can give up as he lies broken in a ditch, a man who looks exactly like him who is called “The Son” saves him by picking him up and getting him to camp. At the camp, the soldiers sit around the campfire recalling tales of their past, when The Squadron Leader tells the tale of his time with “The Boy’s” mother. Not realizing whom the leader was telling his tales to, “The Boy” realized that “The Son” and “The Boy” are half-brothers and their father is the squadron leader. Later on, in the Act, The Son is killed in front of The Boy, The Father doesn’t care which sends The Boy further into darkness as he poisons his father killing him in his sleep. The Boy takes his brother’s identity and goes home to The City to live with The Son’s Mother and eventually The Son’s Fiancée as well, living the Fake life as The Son who died in the war. The Boy decides to run for Mayor of The City as he discovers The Pimp is now The Pimp and The Priest, still as unholy as ever, The Pimp and The Priest is one character by the way. The Boy becomes more and more famous as his campaign grows, his vanity grows as well as he loses his moral stance, playing dirty to take out his competition. The woman from the beginning that shattered The Boy’s heart gets word of his stardom and realizes who he truly is. The Boy’s moral compass shatters as he had an affair with the woman when he was supposed to be marrying The Son’s Fiancée. A new Mafia power comes to town after The Boy becomes the Mayor, His name is Mr. Usher, and he is just as evil as The Pimp and The Priest. The Boy again questions who he is and how he has gotten to where he is now. When The Pimp and The Priest tell The Boy a story about a Gambler, who bet the devil for his soul and won. He finds solace in his son, confessing everything to his baby boy before sending The Fiancée and his son to his home by The Lake where he lived with his mother when he was young. The Boy now strengthened with a new resolve to eliminate the evil of The City, stabs and kills The Pimp and The Priest but not before he set fire to the brothel and accidentally the church too. The Citizens in an uproar hunt The Boy down. The Boy prepared to take his final breath throws himself in The River, so he may go Home to the loved ones that have passed previously in this tragic story. Destined to die alone from the beginning of the story, The Boy takes comfort, knowing his child is free of the darkness he had become, which he had despised so much. The end of Act 5 as we just summarized isn’t the end of the story, The Dear Hunter has said there would be a 6th Act, but a release date isn’t set in stone as The Dear Hunter’s Lead Casey Crescenzo has taken time away from The Acts to pursue other side projects. We only can hope that Act 6 will exist one day.
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