THE DEAR HUNTER--Casey Crescenzo (singer/pianist/guitarist/lyricist/producer), brother Nick Crescenzo (drums), Erick Serna (guitars) and Josh Rheault (keyboards/guitars)—are kicking off a three week trek with Coheed & Cambria at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, August 12. Before that, they’ll also be in San Bernardino on Sunday, August 1 at Stingers with Circa Survive.
As the band begins to plot out ideas for their next album, ACT IV (the follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed ACT III: LIFE AND DEATH), they’ve already started production on a collection of 9 EPs entitled COLOR SPECTRUM, which will be released early next year. The exact release date will be announced in the coming months. Since the songs of COLOR SPECTRUM aren’t quite ready for their fans’ ears just yet, THE DEAR HUNTER will continue to perform classics from ACT III: LIFE AND DEATH, ACT II: THE MEANING OF, & ALL THINGS REGARDING MS. LEADING and ACT I: THE LAKE SOUTH, THE RIVER NORTH at their shows with Coheed & Cambria.
Work on the EPs started when THE DEAR HUNTER’s headlining tour concluded in April, which will be comprised of songs inspired by the colors of the spectrum, specifically RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, INDIGO and VIOLET, with WHITE and BLACK being included as bookends.
“A few years ago I was thinking of what we would do when we were finished with the ACT records,” explains Casey Crescenzo. “The thought just kind of happened, and the idea for the project quickly developed. For the longest time, the idea was just to keep it a project that the band would complete on time off. After the initial shock of being an independent band again, we found comfort in the idea that we were now free to tackle any project we saw fit. Knowing that no label would back a project like this, we saw no better time than the present to approach this lingering idea.”
He continues: “At its heart, this project is about our growth as songwriters and musicians, and the idea has always been to challenge ourselves. We have never limited ourselves to a single genre, and this idea gave us a perfect opportunity to explore all of our influences and express ourselves with no restrictions. With the COLOR SPECTRUM EPs, we hope to faithfully represent our interpretations of the color spectrum on a sonic and emotional level.”