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Hunter & The Bear - Paper Heart album review

Days of future passed

Cover art for Hunter & The Bear - Paper Heart album

They’ve already had their ‘rock and roll’s future’ moment in the Huffington Post, so if writer Luke Chandley is managing Hunter & The Bear in a year’s time it’s probably safe to put your house on them.

This British guitar-driven quartet’s stirring rock is the perfect tonic for jaded palates. Their controlled power and intensity hits all the right spots and is going to sound good in arenas if and when they get there. You could call it anthemic, except that implies trite, vacuous slogans and other clichés that Hunter & The Bear studiously avoid. Instead they focus on the people they see and hear around them, coming up with their own observational style that connects as directly as the music. The album also displays the confidence of a band who know they’ve already nailed it live.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.