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Jana Hunter

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Baltimore, United States

Jana Hunter is a songwriter and musician, and was born in Texas. She is now(2010) based in Baltimore.

She has recently(2009) formed a new band named Lower Dens and toured the USA with Future Islands(2010).

She is signed to Gnomonsong, a record label run by Devendra Banhart and Vetiver’s Andy Cabic. Her solo debut album Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom was the label’s debut release. She later completed her second album “There’s No Home” as well as “Carrion EP”.

Hunter founded and played in the Houston band Matty & Mossy with Heath Flagtvedt, Matt Frey and John Hunter. Their album, Fraimers Haimey, was recorded in Athens, Georgia with Chris Bishop and released on Fleece Records.[1] The album reached #1 on the radio charts of KTRU-FM and KSPC, and songs from the album were used in the soundtrack of Andrew Bujalski’s films Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation.

In 1994, Jana Hunter was 16 and a violinist in the Greater Youth Orchestra of Fort Worth (Texas.) This quickly and naturally led to smoking cigarettes, hanging out in a VW Van and joining local hippie band McGillicutty. Hilariously, this group soon disbanded due to creative differences, and Hunter began in earnest the pursuit of solo writing, performing at local open mics and house parties.

Arlington, TX (Jana’s hometown) is a depressing place, and Hunter took that sentiment to New York (1996) and eventually Houston (1998), writing dark, severe and beautiful songs that more and more reflected a paranoiac view of the world.

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