Jana Hunter finally decided to release the small anxieties so she may truly fill the stage.
Photo by Frank Hamilton Jana Hunter of Lower Dens
Hunter, leader of Baltimore-based post-rock band Lower Dens, made a conscious effort to untangle her neck muscles and embrace a new definition of performer. This change is evident on the group's third full-length, Escape From Evil, out on Ribbon Music. Her raw, bold candor investigates less savory human urges and insecurities through a thick fog of upbeat synth. Escape keeps a quicker pace than the past two records. It's more warm, laid bare — and Hunter's lyrics seep out glittering but neatly contained in a clear cadence.
"I feel a lot more comfortable with myself as a performer than I used to," Hunter explains. "So I settled in to performing...That's the ultimate test of your ability as a performer: being onstage and being able to connect with the music, but not be overly self-conscious or self-aware. To be uninhibited. I don't think you're really giving much to people if you're just worried about how you look or you're presenting."More »