Toronto's The Hunting Horns are a band dedicated to playing what they have branded "Chamber Death Folk". Their records and live shows combine a freewheeling barrelhouse rock sensibility with a fire and brimstone lyrical approach that currently leaves them in a category shared by very few - if any. Identified by Ryan Griffiths' hoarse voice and ragged songs, Michael J. Boyd's fiery Gibson and a rhythm section helmed by Chris Timpano and Davey James, The Hunting Horns have shared the stage with artists such as Kathleen Edwards, Jim Bryson and Luke Doucet, as well members of Blue Rodeo and The Great Lake Swimmers. They've also recorded with members of The Constantines, Big Rude Jake and The Rheostatics. The Hunting Horns' first album, Songs From The Iron Range, achieved great success for a self-released CD, earning a four-star review in EYE Weekly and write ups in local independent magazines. It also resulted in recorded live performances for online programs, such as ZuniorTV and Toro Magazine's Garage Band. The band's second effort, Fifty Bullets Strong, will soon be available in a limited run. It takes the haunted approach of the first record and blows it wide open with string quartets, New Orleans funeral march horn sections and Griffiths' keen meditations on life and death to make for a stunning sophomore release. In 2011, the Hunting Horns hope to find a home on a label that values their unique sound and vision and will help them reach a broader audience with both their recorded works and live performances.
The Hunting Horns so excel at forging their own distinct brand of slow-burning Canadian Gothic.EYEweekly
These are well crafted, anthemic songs with a gothic sensibility.
Songs from the Iron Range -- The Hunting Horns With song titles like "Gravedigger's Lament," "Ghost Town Waltz" and "Unlucky Dice," you'd be forgiven if you pegged Toronto band the Hunting Horns as a deep South folk trio singing quaint standards. In fact, this six-piece band with all songs written by Ryan Griffiths mixes alt-country with indie rock and feels distinctly Toronto. And I mean that in the best way--this debut album showcases a unique sound that nevertheless references TO luminaries from the brooding energy of the Constantines to the brooding delicacy of the Great Lake Swimmers. These are well crafted, anthemic songs with a gothic sensibility that almost, but never quite, border on kitsch. Keep a midnight eye on these up-andcoming doom-meisters. (Hal Niedzviecki)