Gody Hunt - Guitarist for Red Weather
"feel good vibe"
"Gordy Hunt is the next Jack White"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST:-
I recently checked out the latest CD from Detroit based 4 piece band Red Weather entitled Every Alley Wall. Every Alley Wall by Read Weather is a rock solid debut statement. Song for song, note for note it has no noticeable weaknesses that I can find & is just has a feel good groove to it. It’s strong suit – the song for song rock solid consistency & amazing vocal presence of lead singer Gordy Hunt. Like the aforementioned he is a musical triple threat & should be considered a premier talent within the band. Let’s just hope his head doesn’t ever catch up with his talent is any time soon. I would go so far as to say he’s the next Jack White. If Red Weather has a slam dunk live presentation then that would make a pretty lethal combination. No doubt they are a lot of fun to check out live. So if you like college alternative rock that dishes out a hard hitting punk rock edge then you should jump into this CD head first.
IMDI really enjoyed your CD “Every Alley Wall?
GH Thank you Cyrus, we really put our hearts into making the record. It was a real labor of love. The positive feedback we have received from everyone has really meant a lot to us.
IMD Who have been some of your top musical influences over the years?
GH Personally, for me it has always been the songwriters. Jimmy Webb was the first song writer that really had an impact on me. I am still a big fan of his to this day. Along the way it was the performer who wrote their own music that influenced me. Lennon/Mcartney, Jagger/Richards, Todd Rundgren, Loudon Wainwright III , David Bowie.Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger. In recent years I have been listening to a lot of John Hiatt’s music, I think he is just incredible. As a band I can tell you that Brent and I were influenced a lot by English prog rock bands like Yes and Gentle Giant, believe it or not you can hear there influence in some of our songs. The Detroit rock scene of the late 60’s had a serious impact on us, bands like The Frost, SRC, Savage Grace, The Amboy Dukes. Mark has a wide spectrum of musical tastes, but I know he digs the Foo Fighters, Soundgarden. He loves so much stuff, I think that’s one of the reasons he is such a great player.
IMD Its obvious you are a good guitar player. Who have influenced you over the years on guitar?
GH Well, oddly enough, direct influences, I don’t think I really had any, and I will try to explain. I play left handed guitar, but I never had my own guitar when I started out, I learned to play on my brother’s guitar which was a right handed model. So, I began teaching myself to play upside down. When I got into my first garage band, one of the guys had a guitar for me to play and it too was a right handed guitar, so the process continued from there. Learning to play my instrument was and is a struggle because of the way I play, so I didn’t really have any role models that could guide me along the way. I had to come up with my own little bag of tricks to make it work. Now I have been told many times over the years that Jimi Hendrix played upside down lefty, and I am sure he could, but I have never seen any photographic evidence to back it up. There was a band called the Rationals from Ann Arbor (Scott Morgan’s band) and the guitarist in that band, Steve Correl played that way. He was great. But to try to answer your question, I have always loved Todd Rungren’s guitar playing, Glenn Campbell, Jim Mcarty, Ted Nugent, Dick Wagner. I have been re-discovering Jeff Beck lately, I cannot believe how great that guy is.
IMD What was the best concert you have ever been to?
GH Oh, if I had to pick one, it would definitely be Pink Floyd at Ford Auditorium Detroit Michigan 1971. Still remember it today. They were using cutting edge technology back then, quadraphonic sound system…and they were playing stuff of Dark Side of the moon before it was even released. Me and my pals had front row seats and it was just an amazing show.
IMD What’s the one thing you want fans to take from your music?
GH Our band’s respect for “the song”! I am fortunate to be playing with musicians that understand that the song is the most important part of the performance. All the fancy solos, and flashy arrangements and stage histrionics don’t mean a thing without a good song first. We want our fans to come on a little ride with us with every song we play. As a songwriter, you couldn’t ask for a better band situation than that.
IMD I especially enjoyed the song “Life of Crime” & I wasn’t There” could you tell us what inspired those piece of music?
GH Life of Crime was a fun song to write. I was always fascinated with the gangsters of the 30’s and how their criminal activities made them folk heroes with the American people. They all wound up coming to tragic ends even so. Putting the song together was fun because I had so many true to life characters to pick from it was like connecting the dots musically.There is also an underlying mocking of the so called gangsters of today, who pale in comparison, but you really have to look for it in the song. At the end the singer says, “I don’t have time for a life of crime, I’m just trying to run this little life of mine..” well that’s me for sure. I’m just trying to get through the day unscathed. I remember in the studio, our producer, Michael Lutz questioned me about the tag line at the end “Top of the world Ma!!” He wasn’t sure what that was all about. I was surprised he didn’t know that was the famous James Cagney line at the end of the movie “White Heat’! I think it’s a perfect way to end that song.
IMD I Wasn’t There is probably the most brutally honest song you are ever gonna get from me. It was written during a bad time in my life, my son was born while his mother and I were split up. Not being there tortured me very much, and she was moving on without me…felt totally powerless, so all I could do was write a song. I am sure there are a lot of dads out there that had similar stories. We talk about the song a lot as a band, and we are quite certain there isn’t another song like it in existence. I think Brent and Mark play with such conviction and haunting passion on that song, it gives me chills. On Every Alley Wall, Dick Wagner plays that chilling guest guitar solo. Talk about your guitar gently weeping. Holy mackerel.In the end I was able to patch things up with my ex and was able to raise my son. The tag line, “someday, somehow, some way , some where I will be there” proved to be prophetic, so it has a happy ending. Fans who have bought our record ask me about that song a lot, it touches people in some way. They may not no exactly what is going on there, but they know whatever it is, it is very serious to the people in the song. It can be a scary thing putting your heart out there for everyone to see sometimes, but you have to take risks. In the end, honesty will always prevail, and I think that resonates with people when they listen to music. That is something that I learned from Loudon Wainwright III.
GH How’s the music scene in your neck of the woods?
IMD Detroit is a hot bed of creativity these days. Our ambassadors Eminem, Kid Rock and Jack White have certainly helped the cause, but there are many great bands and peformers in Detroit these days that will have their day in court , and we are proud to be among this company.
IMD Is there one song that really sticks out most in your mind as being your personal favorite?
GH One of ours? Well, once again, if I had to pick one, it would be Horseshoes and Handgrenades..a song that was a breakthrough for me in terms of learning the art of songwriting. When I finished it, I really felt that I had something special and it was a turning point for me creatively. I also love that we manage to pull a little something extra out of it everytime we perform it as a band. The song is a ballad, but we really push the envelope on it staying a ballad. I also love that the band loves the song. Makes me feel good to know that we are all on the same page with it.
IMD What was the first song you ever wrote?
GH Probably a silly little song called “The Trip” which was a song I made up for one of the first, if not THE first band Brent and I were ever in. The psychedelic thing was happening at the time, and it was a naïve attempt to write a song about an LSD trip written by a little kid who had never taken the stuff. As I recall it had sort of a funky blues time groove to it. Hey ya gotta start somewhere right?
IMD What’s next for Red Weather?
GH We are in the process of preparing songs for our next record that we are going to record in 2011. Every Alley Wall was our first born and we want his baby brother to make him proud. So we are working hard on preparing for the studio. e will be doing some shows here and there along the way as well. So stay tuned for the further adventures of Red Weather.
interview conducted by Cyrus Rhodes. Property of Indie Music Media LLC.
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