Photographer: Lindsey Byrnes.
The debut studio long player from the L.A.-based alt-rock/synth-pop duo, Ready for You finds Hunter Hunted (Michael Garner and Dan Chang) painting the nosebleed seats red with a meaty set of hook-laden, stadium-ready electro-pop that evokes fellow "big moment" pop purveyors like Imagine Dragons, Walk the Moon, and Passion Pit. Awash with seismic keyboard hooks, fat, club-ready percussion, and enough group-led "ooohhhs" to make Arcade Fire blush, the 11-track album houses no shortage of obvious singles, beginning with the shimmering, uplifting title track. The thunderous "Blindside" offers up a near perfect distillation of earworm-infested radio pop and booming, midtempo dancefloor anthem, and the ukulele-led "Lovely Day" switches gears (sonically) and effortlessly tosses the rootsy, folk-pop stylings of bands like the Lumineers and American Authors into the electro-hopper. ~ James Christopher Monger