ROY G. BIV. To grade-schoolers, the rainbow man is an acronym used to remember colors. To The Dear Hunter, an alternative rock band from the East Coast, Mr. BIV is a concept. They’ve removed that rainbow from the sky, peeled apart the strips of color, and sent them off into space as sound. The project “The Color Spectrum” seeks to do justice to each pigment present in said spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Nine EPs were released in June of this year, each interpreting the mood of a color.
Not to be confused with the homonym band Deerhunter, The Dear Hunter seeks not only to explore color, but their own boundaries as well. They are ultimately rooted in post-hardcore, which is noticeable in the throbbing bass drum metronome and edgy strikes of the guitar. With this album, though, there are many small surprises, such a sprinkling of techno trinkets or piano riffs that recall Ben Folds.
The Dear Hunter are no strangers to such lengthy projects. Their last few pieces of work were arranged in Acts, and another EP entitled “Branches.” Their sound isn’t avant-garde, like some concept albums, but features an undeniable structure that allows them to stay within the boundary of alternative rock. The most progressive of the colors are indigo and violet, where astray floaty vocals and twitchy electronic beats begin to bend that structure. That’s not to say that the entire ride isn’t enjoyable, nor that it is boring. The Dear Hunter’s experiment has its gems. (Maureen Clancy)
July 24 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 North Lincoln, 6pm. $13. All ages.