James caught up with Blake Meahl from Huntress
to talk about how the band formed, how their latest
album has gone down with the fans and plans for
of all how did you form as a band and come up
with the name Huntress?
Well the name is Jill’s business, but I
know the story. She’s got a lot of roots
in the whole mysticism and pagan lifestyle. There
was an ancient figure by the name of Artimis who
was the huntress. She grew up with a bunch of
white tailed deer on farms so it was quite fitting
for her. It’s pretty cool who gets away
with 1 word names anymore? Haha
released your current album ‘Starbound Beast’
back in July 2013 how did the album go down with
your fans and the press?
It’s been awesome. Especially coming on
this tour, another interview guy came in and was
like “What do you think of all the rave
reviews of your record?” its cool because
we hear about whats said in the states but over
here in the UK and Europe, we can’t because
of language barrier or it never reaches us so
right now we’re getting a great insight.
did you find the whole writing and recording process
for the album compared to your debut ‘Spell
About as different as it gets, the first record
was done with a lot more time and rewriting, and
even the recording process was done in a rigid
Pro-Tools environment. It sounds a lot more rigid
and cold. It doesn’t have a natural vibe
and flow where as with the second record we programmed
time changes to give it a lot more rhythm and
flow right. It was fast it was done in 3-5 months
so it was completely different.
video for your single ‘Zenith’ is
a visual masterpiece who came up with the ideas
for the video?
Well most of the credit goes to Phil Moochey
the director who is just a wizard, we loved
his other videos and we hit him up before we
even recorded the song which was new for him,
and we were doing everything so fast that we
had to do that. We explained our style to him
and he was on the same page with his tastes
so he was game for it.
do you have planned once your current tour comes
to an end?
Hit the ground on the next record, we’ll
be taking advantage of spending time with the
drummer because we have to fly him in and things
so we will take as much advantage of that as
do you hope to see Huntress in a year’s
Opening for Jimmy Hendrix
may be difficult.
hard to find these days.
In a year is when I probably see this new record
out and start a new tour cycle, but this time
opening for Jimmy Hendrix instead of Lamb of
God you know one step of a time haha.
last random question that we ask every band, if
you could be an animal out of a zebra or Giraffe
which one would you be and why?
I’m already one. I’m a giraffe.
I’m very long and my back and neck always
hurt which is how I imagine they always feel.
Jill: I call him my baby giraffe haha
She does. That was too easy make that question
for your time is there a message for your fans
Check out the video! Your interviewers have
seen it. It’s your turn!
Interview by James Webb