Friday saw the release of a new collection of songs from Nor-Cal based indie singer-songwriter Are We Hunting. Jail Calls pulls together the four tracks that have been released over the last twelve months with the new title track that have been described by the band’s guitarist, Patrick Ferraro, as “Post West Coast.” Songwriter Ryan Ayala’s music generally describes a time or feeling that started beautifully but ended sadly – California being the ultimate metaphor for that sentiment.
Check out the EP below especially the stand out tracks “Jail Calls” which has a timeless quality and “Sorta Like Me (Version 2)” that builds to a guitar-shredding solo.
Are We Hunting is the moniker of Northern California based songwriter, Ryan Ayala. While his intensely personal song writing can be described as melancholic, the sound is both cinematic and anthemic. Perhaps the most alluring aspect of Are We Hunting is the rare ability to craft narrative driven music that is still rooted in hooks and melody.
Are We Hunting has drawn influence from a handful of big names in the industry, such as Bob Dylan, Modest Mouse, Lou Reed, and Tom Waits. He’s been able to take pieces of everything and create a sound that’s familiar while remaining fresh and exciting.