Hunting Grounds (formerly Howl) have come along way since taking out the 2009 Triple J Unearthed High Competition. With two EP’s already in the bag (Brothers in Violence and Howl – both 2010), they’ve recently released their debut LP, In Hindsight. A two-year gap (albeit occupied with tours and writing) followed the release of Brothers in Violence, and there’s a noticeable change in the band’s direction. Starting out as a six-piece punk band, their sound has matured significantly over the past few years.
With current single “Flaws” currently dominating the local charts with its somewhat quirky, off-beat take on indie-pop, another track off In Hindsight to look out for is “Star Shards”. A frantic and climactic track, it’s got the aching bass and terrestrial soundscapes which The Horrors have made famous. Reverb-saturated vocal arrangements complete the reflective feel to the track.
Hunting Grounds promoted their new material heavily, but their music is definitely worth the fanfare. This is a great young band with a lot of accolades ahead as they continue their growth.