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Hunters, 'Hunters'

Hunters, 'Hunters'
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Arguably the best band born in a New York City arcade, Hunters are a couple of Nineties revivalists from Brooklyn whose fuzzy, shouty squall recalls Pixies and the Vaselines mixed with the plush melodicism of Autolux. Izzy Almeida and Derek Watson landed on the cover of NYC local the Village Voice before they'd landed a label deal, but their first full-length isn't the product of overblown hype; it's a compact 10-song run of spiky riffs wrapped around surprisingly pop-savvy vocals that'll burrow directly into your cerebellum.

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