EXCLUSIVE ARTIST INTERVIEW: THE HUNGERS | PERFORMING JUNE 4TH AT BAR NINE
The Hungers are an emerging hard rock band with a growing following in NYC. Their sound reflects a tough, grunge influence recalling 90's stalwarts Nirvana, Foo Fighters and Hole, yet retains a fresh, raw energy. The band of strangers met primarily online but instantly formed a natural bond that has produced a strong body of original songs. The Hungers’ sound is characterized by the fiery vocals of NYC club veteran Starry Tiberio and Omar Brown’s emotive guitar solos that inspire images of an exploding furnace in the wilderness. Recent UK imports Sam Bufter and Hugh Bloor provide a solid backbeat on bass and drums, respectively
In anticipation of their live show with us on June 4th at 8PM, the band was nice enough to email us to discuss their musical influences, and what inspires her on a day-to-day basis
BAR NINE: What type of band are you?
THE HUNGERS: Modern Grunge Rock with a touch of Blues (and Jazz)
BN: Tell us the brief history of your band
TH: It’s a story of fate and technology... Omar (guitarist) and Sam (bassist) met in a cover band collaboration. Life happened and that band was no longer. After a few months, the need to work on originals, collaborate and play live started an itch. Omar went on Craigslist looking for a drummer - the first add he came across was posted by an English Bloke named Hugh (drummer) who stated “Looking to play in an established Grunge Rock Band”. Perfect. Though nothing was established at that point they met to jam and things clicked. Sam was the perfect fit to round off the instruments. The trio started practicing and before we knew it we had a pretty tight sound. We fed off each other’s energy and ideas - things just started to work. We had to bring in a vocalist who could take us to the next level. Enter Craigslist again. After a few interesting auditions (and we mean interesting...) Starry walked in. Perfect. She had the attitude, the presence and the voice that we were all looking for. She immediately fit in with the sound and everything at that point just started to gel. We’ve been a big happy band ever since
BN: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TH: Too many to name all! Some of the ones that stick out: Dylan, Beatles, Floyd, Zeppelin, Stones, Miles Davis, Nirvana, Pixies, Radiohead, The Strokes, and Biggie. Non-musical influences include Poe, Camus, Baldwin and Robert Frost
BN: What are your dreams and goals?
TH: To write and play solid music
BN: Who writes the songs, what are they about?
TH: We all write the songs. We have a very solid collaboration and feed off each other’s energy, ideas and diverse sounds
BN: How do you promote your band and shows?
TH: We started out not too long ago, so it’s primarily through arm-twisting at this point, Social media helps a bit...
BN: Describe your show, visual and musically
TH: High energy - both visually and musically!
BN: What do you think about downloading music online?
TH: It’s a mixed blessing. On one hand, you have access to everything. On the other hand, you have access to everything...
BN: What's your outlook on the record industry today?
TH: Not too great. For the most part, the music that gets attention today seems to have very little depth in our opinion. It seems in many ways the industry is driven by image rather than sound - that’s a shame
BN: What's your claim to fame?
TH: We invented a new chord called the "h minor"
BN: Tell us a story about a day in your life
TH: Working 9-5. Writing, playing, living from 5-2
BN: What inspires you to do what you do?
TH: This need to be involved with music...
BN: What advice would you give to fellow bands?
TH: Keep it real. And just say no to auto-tuning
BN: What are some of your pet peeves?
TH: Kanye West
BN: How does music affect you and the world around you?
TH: It’s the soundtrack to your life! You could probably tie every moment of your life to a song. Every memory, every feeling
BN: What's new in the recording of your music?
TH: We haven't recorded yet! Will let you know when we do!
BN: What are the biggest obstacles for bands?
TH: Scheduling lol
BN: What's the best and worst thing about playing clubs?
TH: We love the energy and intimacy that clubs tend to have. The worst thing is probably the shoddy equipment we have to use from time to time
BN: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
TH: Bar Nine on June 4th followed by Pianos on June 18th. Both shows start at 8PM. Why? Well, why not?