“Every human being, even the youngest, is already old – that is, so close to death that he or she does not, in any case, have time to efface the accidental quality of the accidents of which his or her life is composed… We human beings are always more our accidents than our choice.” – Odo Marquard “In Defense Of The Accidental”
If you’ve heard of Piebald (not completely unlikely) or Arlo (somewhat more unlikely), then you have heard Travis Shettel, Aaron Stuart, and Nate Greely in their spunk-filled youth (gross).
If you haven’t heard of either, don’t feel bad, I’ll fill you in. Arlo made a couple records for Sub Pop in 2001 and 2002, some people called them power pop, compared them to Sloan and The Posies. They toured their butts off across the U.S., Europe, and Japan, with folks like Foo Fighters, The Shins, The Walkmen, and Rilo Kiley. They got weirdly popular in Japan for a little while, got in some fights, and broke up in 2004.
Meanwhile, on the east coast, Aaron and Travis were in Piebald, being more hardcore, or post-hardcore, or some kind of -core. They stayed together a few years longer than Arlo due to better record sales and superior conflict resolution skills, put out five albums on various labels, and wandered the globe, playing shows with Jimmy Eat World, Jejeune, Saves The Day, Dinosaur Jr., and probably more stuff they can’t remember. By 2008 they called it quits as well.
Suddenly bandless and therefore jobless for the first time since high school, these strays were taken in and fed by other bands. Travis played with The Duke Spirit for a while, and started and ended a band called The Was. Nate toured with his Sub Pop labelmates The Elected, and then with the Seeds (yes, with Sky Saxon, it was trippy). They returned to Los Angeles around 2009 with improved chops and broader horizons, recruiting Pete Beeman (Burning Brides) on drums and Brynne Copping on keys, and formed The Hunting Accident.
Their initial offering, a 4-song 7″ on The New Black records garnered a surprising amount of radio and press attention, which you can browse here. After several tours the band returned to the studio, again working with Eric Palmquist, who by this time had earned some renown as the producer of the Wavves “Life Suxx” EP. The result is a 6-song 10″ out July 17th on The New Black. The sound is bigger and markedly more polished than their previous offering’s more stark post-punk aesthetic. Their staunch proletarian sensibility, however, means the songs are still pretty rock and the album covers are still made in a garage out of wood (check them out, it’s pretty nifty). Check out the songs on our music page, browse the photos, come to a show. Let’s be friends..