Mainstream rock and subtle Americana blend well on the new track by the Canadian outfit Crossley Hunter.
Crossley Hunter’s musical influences might skew towards '90s alternative rock -- the Ontario, Canada band lists Third Eye Blind, Our Lady Peace, Matthew Good among them -- but underneath it all is a strong rustic sensibility too, as if Crazy Horse, Magnolia Electric Co., and Wilco have crept into the music as well. Whomever the influence, the six-piece’s new song “Burning Bright” is an affable combination of boisterous, mainstream-friendly rock and subtle Americana, one we’re glad to premiere here.
“I think the subject matter of this song pretty much applies to just about anybody,” says singer/guitarist Justin Hammond. “In life we get so preoccupied with fitting into these little predetermined boxes: we work jobs we hate because we're supposed to, we practice whichever faith we've been force-fed since childhood, we only chase socially sanctioned dreams -- we're always struggling to fit in -- and I think people eventually lose their true selves in the struggle. It's like 90% of our lives are decided before we're even born. So this tune is just about fighting through it, taking a real stab at life.”
Crossley Hunter’s debut album will be released 7 August and can be pre-ordered here.