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THE REGULAR HUNTERS Keep It Surreal

Leah Miche, The Regular Hunters. Pic: Sauvage Photography
Leah Miche, The Regular Hunters. Pic: Sauvage Photography

 “A lot of positive change is becoming more common these days but I still fear it’s a minority in the grand scheme of things.”

The Regular Hunters launch their new single, Surreal, at The Oddfellow on Saturday, April 11, with help from True Science, Joni In The Moon and Our Man In Berlin. BOB GORDON chats with vocalist/guitarist, Leah Miche.

After performing for some years with Miche Suite, singer/songwriter Leah Miche last year debuted her new outfit, The Regular Hunters, via the release of single, Demon Desire.

The new era continues with the release and launch this week of a new single, Surreal.

“Most of my songs these days are observations of our modern world and what a shitty state it’s in, always with a conscious hope to spread awareness and change without being preachy, I guess,” Miche says of the song and its place in the wider scheme of her writing.

“A lot of positive change is becoming more common these days but I still fear it’s a minority in the grand scheme of things. Surreal is a love story about someone who decides to leave this world by transcending to a higher realm… consequently leaving their loved ones behind, ‘now I’ll be the one that’ll wait for you’.”

Surreal is part of the journey towards an EP or possibly a full album release, that Miche states will be darker and moodier.

“All the members since the release of Deep Demon Desire have changed,” she notes, “so the next release will be more of a representation of our live set with plans to incorporate some electronic beats and sounds without retracting from ‘being a band’.”

Miche explains that the band’s name comes from more or less the topics of the songs themselves, “mankind and our search for the meaning for life,” she says of the prevailing theme. And while the days of Miche Suite aren’t that long ago, evolution has played its part.

“This band is pretty different to Miche Suite,” she notes, “it’s electric driven and indie folk rock. It’s defiantly more reminiscent of the music I love – Jezebels, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, etc. I feel like these songs are a bit like the ones I wrote when I first started songwriting. I’ve actually delved into songbooks from my teens and used melodies and lyrics to finish these current ones. It’s not an uncommon thing for a songwriter, of course, but interesting how we get side tracked along the way.

“In this current line up we have drums (Tashi Hall), bass (Andy Holliday) and a second guitarist (Drew Kraplijanov) who really ‘gets’ the intention for the songs and plays ambient embellishments and all ’round goodness. We all have similar tastes in music and we’re just keen to explore that and create our own thing.”

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