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Hunter Valentine ( @HunterValentine )

Lessons From The Late Night
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As the band’s name would suggest, there’s something simultaneously savage and saccharine about the Toronto-born all-girl rock trio Hunter Valentine. And Lessons From The Late Night, the group’s sophomore release, proves to be no exception: It’s a seven-track, 22-minute lesson in heartbreak, melodic growling and catchy-yet-gritty pop-punk tunes that makes for one sweet and sour effort.
With the album chock-full of smug snarls, breathy barks and heavy howls, it comes as no surprise that lead singer Kiyomi McCloskey’s vocals have often been likened to the raspy power pipes of Spinnerette frontwoman and ex-Distillers growler Brody Dalle. Yet McCloskey’s vocals are delivered in a much less brash and much more melodic, vulnerable manner as she howls with her heart on her sleeve.
With licks and lyrics for the liberated and lovelorn alike, Lessons From The Late Night teaches listeners that life can be sour, but making music might just be the sweetest revenge.

By Hilary Marchildon
Apr 29, 2010

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