The Hunts Release Debut Album "Life Was Simple"


Cherrytree Records and Interscope Records are pleased to announce that they have signed seven-piece sibling band The Hunts to their roster and release the group’s major-label debut EP, Life Was Simple, digitally today. In addition, a video for The Hunts’ current single, “Make This Leap,” premieres on VEVO today. Watch it HERE.

The pastoral video for “Make This Leap” was shot in The Hunts’ hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia, with a few moments filmed on the family’s actual property. It was directed by Michelle Peerali, who has collaborated with such artists as The Kills, The Cult, The Black Keys, Pyyramids, and Moby. The idyllic location settings beautifully capture the band’s harmony-laced take on alt-folk that’s both breathtaking and sweetly ethereal.

The Hunts have been playing music together almost their entire lives. Ranging from ages 16 to 24, twin sisters Jenni and Jessi and their five brothers Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin, and Jamison all learned to sing and play violin as young kids and spent much of their childhood performing throughout their community. After teaching themselves to play instruments like mandolin, piano, ukulele, banjo, and drums, The Hunts began experimenting with songwriting and soon brought to life a batch of songs that reveal their sophisticated sense of melody and dreamy innocence.

Lead single “Make This Leap” is a lilting piece of indie- folk built on layered harmonies, intricately textured acoustic instrumentation, and lyrics that gracefully shift from melancholy to triumphant. With Josh and Jenni taking turns as lead vocalist, The Hunts sustain that dynamic throughout Life Was Simple, often turning their shared memories into songs that capture heartache and wonder with a wide-eyed but wistful elegance.

“Growing up the way we did, we had to learn to make do with what we had, so the stories from that time are incredibly special to us,” says Jessi, who explains that all seven members of The Hunts write each song together. “A lot of the time we write about what we remember from being young — the things we went through that have drawn us together and stuck in our hearts and really made us who we are.”

The Hunts will hit the road for a U.S. tour in September. All upcoming dates are below.

08/23 Wilson, NC                            Barton College

08/29 Norfolk, VA                            Virginia Wesleyan College–Batten Lawn

09/09 Vienna, VA                           Jammin’ Java

09/10 Pittsburgh, PA                      Hard Rock Cafe

09/12 South Burlington, VT          Higher Ground Showcase Lounge

09/13 Boston, MA                           Cafe 939 at Berklee

09/15 New York, NY                       Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

09/16 Malvern, PA                          General Wayne E.S.

09/17 Philadelphia, PA                  World Cafe Live

09/17 Malvern, PA                          Charlestown E.S.

09/18 Carrboro, NC                        Cat’s Cradle – Back Room

09/19 Highland Springs, VA         Henrico Theatre

09/20 Rock Island, IL                      Centennial Hall–Augustana College

09/21 Chicago, IL                            Schubas Tavern

09/23 Columbus, OH                     Rumba Cafe

09/24 Nashville, TN                        High Watt

09/26 Houston, TX                          McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

09/27 Dallas, TX                              Index Festival

09/29 Athens, GA                           Georgia Theatre–Rooftop

09/30 Atlanta, GA                            Vinyl

10/03 Georgetown, TX                   The Cove/Southwestern

10/04 Austin, TX                             Austin City Limits

10/08  Pineville, LA                        Louisana College-outdoor open field

10/10 Montgomery, AL                   Faulkner University

10/11 Roswell, GA                          Roswell Cultural Arts Center

10/17 Madison, WI                          Capitol Theater

10/18 Chippewa Falls, WI             Heyde Center for the Arts

10/19 Spirit Lake, IA                       Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts

10/22 Fulton, MO                            William Woods University

10/24 Brussels, WI                          Southern Door Community Auditorium

10/26 Batavia, IL                             Batavia Fine Arts Centre

10/28 Searcy, AR                            Harding University

11/07 Henderson, TN                     Freed-Hardeman University

11/08 Memphis, TN                        Buckman Performing Arts Center