Storytelling is the great American pastime, that was largely told in song. Chicago’s Americana metal outfit, Huntsmen, are carrying the torch for heavy bands.
Formed in '13, they released two EPs, Post War ('14) & The Colonel ('16). The plots took place after an apocalyptic event & featured characters whose stories are loosely based on events in singer, writer and guitarist Chris Kang’s personal experiences. When it came time to work on the band’s full length, Kang wanted to tackle the paradox of nationalism and pride, given we are a country of immigrants. "I have conflicting feelings; I'm proud of the inclusive, optimistic ideal it represents. My father found opportunity here that didn't exist back home, but I'm really ashamed of so much of its past and present. I wanted to make an album that spent some time with these confusing feelings, Due out on Prosthetic Records on 2/23/18, American Scrap was recorded at Treehouse Analog Studio in Chicago. The opening, mostly acoustic track Bury Deep, is the perfect first chapter to the album; with its ending of feedback and electric guitar, it foreshadows something heavy, but then swiftly goes into the dark, moody Pyre. Atlantic City starts off in a post-rock fury, sure to tell-tale some catastrophic event while the album’s epic closer, The Last President perfectly concludes the tale. The last American President gives a final TV address, has a nice dinner with her family before euthanizing them & hanging herself as the bombs fall.