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Hunters Flash Gonzo Charm on 'Narcissist' - Song Premiere

Brooklyn punks rant with abandon

Hunters
Courtesy Mom + Pop
September 16, 2013 3:25 PM ET

The punk group Hunters get wild with stream-of-consciousness glee on "Narcissist," an early taste from their self-titled debut album on Mom + Pop. Packed with battling vocals, heavy guitars and raucous speed, the track offers a taste of the Brooklyn band's rowdy live shows.

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"The songs lyrics are a stream-of-consciousness thing that Izzy [Almeida] and I wrote together with no real set theme," singer/guitarist Derek Watson tells Rolling Stone. "It wasn't until afterwards that it came to mean something much more to us."

Hunters are building on strong momentum: their first EP was produced by ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, and the band has shared bills with Kurt Vile and the Kills. Hunters is set for release on October 1st.

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