- Bill Hunt at Leadbelly Newtown with special guest Kris Schubert
- Newtown, NSW, Australia
- To coincide with the release of Bill Hunt’s second collection of songs titled Plietesials he will be performing a Sydney show on the 23rd of August at Leadbelly, Newtown along with and accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Kris Schubert and guest artists.
“Bill Hunt’s ‘Upwey’ record took us all by surprise a couple of years back – one of the best Australian releases of 2016.
Bill’s a genuine storyteller who writes about street life as he sees it.
I’m really looking forward to the follow up record number two.”
The Outpost (2ser Sydney)
Bill Hunt cuts across musical genres like a thwart saw, from delicately picked ballads to impassioned rhythmic storms wrung out of life as it veers from ennui to catastrophe taking in most stops between.
Quietly spoken, shy (when not drinking) and self-effacing, Hunt’s manner on stage is a flux of nervous energy mixed with a stillness that can be as captivating as it is at times unnerving, all leavened by a self-deprecating sense of humour and deep respect for his audience.
Melbourne born but residing in Sydney N.S.W., Hunt’s first album, Upwey (2016), received positive reviews and airplay on regional and metropolitan community radio across Australia.
Stuart Coupe, presenter of 2Ser’s Dirt Music called Upwey, “One of my favourite singer songwriter albums this year.”
Hunt’s second collection of recordings, Plietesials, is due for release in August (2018).
“Bill Hunt’s boot-clad feet have been walking this earth for a while now, and when he has something to sing, we should listen.” – Music Feeds
“You immediately get drawn in by Hunt’s voice – high, lonesome with a keening edge that is American, Celtic and Australian.” – John Hardaker, Words and Music.
How it was then
Here's the original kitchen-demo for a (long) song that will be re-recorded and available on the next album.
The video I constructed out of some phone footage shot at the 20th Biennale of Sydney installation at Mortuary Station.
The installation titled "Spiral Incense Mantra" by Charwei Tsai was breathtakingly beautiful.
It somehow lends itself to this song of not-quite-redemption.
“Simplicity, humility, are the thoughts that most appeal to me, at the threshold of the window ledge
Yet all my dreams are fevered, my thoughts all cantilevered; still against the bitter end I hedge…
…and I’m quite good with hedges.”
-B.H. June, 2018