Written by Emma Sturgeon
Jacksonville, Tennessee was just far enough away from the Nashville music scene to keep Hunter from being bitten by the music bug in his youth. But when Hunter was fourteen, he was introduced to Nirvana and, like so many others before him, his life forever changed. “I heard their music and haven’t been the same since.” Nirvana, along with The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and an array of other timeless artists initially sparked his interest in music. Hunter’s band, Specter, is a three piece band, including only vocals, guitar, and bass. It has a simplistic feel to it, as if to imply that the lyrics are powerful enough to counteract the lack of musical complexity. For anyone who hasn’t heard Specter’s music, he describes it as a “harmonious combination of blues, rock n roll, Smashing Pumpkins, and psychedelic. But the short answer is alternative rock, if that’s what you’re looking for.” Specter performs at venues around the Murfreesboro area, including Three Brothers. The band prefers smaller venues because of the intimate feel it seems to create for the audience. “It’s a more personal experience for us as well as the audience.” When asked whom his ideal duet would be with, Hunter answered with no hesitation. “Jack White, definitely. He’s simply a master.” Hunter has been busy with “Halo”, a new song he’s writing for the band. He says it’s “more progressive rock than our previous stuff.” They have big plans for the upcoming year, so watch out for Specter in the alternative rock scene.