Thirty-seven years ago, Ian Hunter was in a difficult spot. His successful band, Mott the Hoople ‚?? an English rock group from the '60s ‚?? had broken up. For Hunter to continue writing music, he channeled the gloom from the break-up and started what would be a successful solo career that is still relevant today.
‚??I was pretty upset because I just left the band,‚?Ě Hunter said in a recent interview. ‚??I thought I should grab onto this while the emotions were hot and record a record.‚?Ě
Hunter, who just released his twentieth studio album, When I‚??m President, in September, will be performing with The Rant Band at the Havana in New Hope, Penn., on Friday, Nov. 24.
‚??Here I am 30-40 years later and I still wanted to write more music,‚?Ě Hunter said.
The album came to fruition during 2010 and 2011 when Hunter was playing live with The Rant Band. As he had a bunch of new songs written, the group started to add them to the setlist to measure how fans would react.
‚??We went out and played the songs and they went over well,‚?Ě said Hunter. ‚??We liked them so much and we sounded so good, we decided to go into the studio and record another record.‚?Ě
Hunter and The Rant Band recorded the songs in only a four-day span in January. The Rant Band has seen a total of nine members; the current line-up has five, two originals, with Hunter as the frontman.
The music industry has changed a lot since Hunter started in England in '60s as well.
‚??Back when I started, it was very simple,‚?Ě he explained. ‚??You signed with a record company, and that meant you were signed with a publicist, a manager, an agency. Life was simple. Now it‚??s like the Wild West with the web. Labels are pretty much over. I am not entirely happy about that, but it has leveled the playing field. Everyone can get a little piece of the action.‚?Ě
But the changes have not kept Hunter at bay. Although he did take a little over 10 years as a hiatus, Hunter just could not stay away from music.
‚??It‚??s a twist in the DNA,‚?Ě he said. ‚??It‚??s not that easy as you get older. It‚??s a tough business to be in, just like any business. You just have to be the best artist you can be and hope things work out ‚?? and luckily they have.‚?Ě
Hunter is known for writing very energetic songs, and he explained that that‚??s exactly what fans will see at the show in New Hope.
‚??I still got hair and I am still fit,‚?Ě Hunter said, laughing. ‚??A lot of people come with the idea it‚??s going to be old people playing, but it‚??s not quite like that. It‚??s pretty powerful stuff.‚?Ě
Ian Hunter and the Rant Band, Nov. 24, 8 p.m., Havana Bar and Restaurant (105 S. Main Street., New Hope, Penn. 215.862.9897). $50-$55.