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Denver-Based Outfit, Hunter James and the Titanic, Return with Head-Turning New Album 'La Liberte'
Denver, Colorado based outfit Hunter James and The Titanic specialize in creating Folk, Americana and Rock n’ Roll straight from the heart. This roots-rock outfit are certainly turning heads with their uplifting sound. Led by lead vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Hunter James, the group formed in 2018 and are back with their sophomore album “La Liberte”. Consisting of sometimes as many as nine-members (see below to find the full band line-up), you’ll find the band reflecting on the memory of young love lost with a crying hope for redemption. Summarizing the album;, Hunter James shares, “La Liberte is about finding joy and meaning amongst the trudge of everyday existence”.
As alternative rockers Hunter James & the Titanic gear up for their sophomore release, lead single “Over the Line” is the quintessential Americana rock n' roll anthem. With a pulsating beat throughout, powerful lyrics, along with a verse, chorus and outro worthy of any great modern rock band, the track is an energy filled foot stomper. La Liberte'; is an album harkens back to the feeling of driving down the highway in your parent's wood-trimmed station wagon before you ever got your driver’s license and “Over the Line”, the first real rocker on the album, captures the essence of a freewheeling existence, gaining momentum with every Chorus and overdriven slide guitar riff.
Composed of 12-tracks weaving through multiple sonic textures, ‘La Liberte’ radiates love and reflection - something the world certainly needs more of at the moment.
Hunter James’ songwriting journey started when he was 14 years old and on vacation with his family in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Having woken up with a melody stuck in his head, he knew right there and then, music was his destiny. Figuring out the key and chords to the melody on his guitar, Hunter wrote a Beatles-esque style track, and showed his high-school band the track. “They said “That’s great, is that an old Beatles song or something?” I said, “I wrote it this past weekend on vacation.” It was big moment, that I could write something someone else might pass off as an early Beatles song,” Hunter shares.
Working closely with Austin, TX mixing engineer Danny Resisch, (White Denim, Father John Misty, Molly Burch, Shearwater, Other Lives) Hunter James and the Titanic utilize gritty and vintage audio equipment and techniques, smearing the line between modern and classic. Each member of the band brings a unique but compatible flavour to the overall ethos of the sound. Hunter James and the Titanic are; Hunter James (lead vocals, guitar), Lizzy Gogolowski (lead vocals), Taylor Marvin (guitar, vocals), John Grigsby (bass, vocals), Jason Brazzel (guitar, vocals) Eric Luba (Hammond B-3), Peter Sheridan (keyboards, vocals), George Horn (drums) and occasionally Ben Waligoske (pedal steel).