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The music of Seattle based band Hurricane Chaser feels like the experience of déjà vu…new yet strangely familiar. This feeling is given voice in theRead More...
song “Racing a River”, the opening track off their 2009 debut, The Map Is Not The Territory.
“I’ve seen this place before / standing at the intersection / of a
dream and a memory”
It is this crossroads between dream and memory that pervades much of Brad Zeffren’s writing on this record, with many lines evoking the sentiment that a memory, while constantly shifting, is the only thing a person can ever really own. Tied to this idea is the notion that in our pursuits we often miss what we’re really looking for, lost in the conflict between ambition
and happiness. The idea is best summed up in “Barricades”
“I never can surrender from the chase / So I’m running down
tomorrow / while today just passed me by”
Hurricane Chaser frames these lyrical ideas with music that is equal parts hypnotic, rustic, and rock ‘n roll. The songs are firmly grounded in the rich tradition of Americana that includes The Band, Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt, but when voiced by the members of the band they take on the more rhythmic elements of old-school latin and soul music.
The Map Is Not The Territory was produced by Brad Zeffren (Star Anna, Kristen Ward, Nathan Wade), and features band members Derek Pulvino on guitars, Nathan Spicer on keyboards, Ben Obee on bass and backing vocals, and Moises Padilla on drums.
The start of the band marked the first time Zeffren, a Seattle area producer, stepped out from behind the board to get in front of a mic. One of the last albums to be recorded before the closing of Seattle’s beloved Chroma Sound, which Zeffren was a co-founder of, there was an
urgency to the sessions that can be felt in the tracks. “I knew the clock was ticking, and that this particular record had to be done at Chroma, so we just put our heads down and dug in.”