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The Hunter & The Hunted

by Jesse Payne

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The Hunted 06:12
Helicopters are coming for us Metal tails flip to the head Ducking for cover beneath a broken bed. Sit alone waiting to die Sit alone waiting to die Nothing else can make me feel if I can't rely on you Running like lashes out on the street Mascara runs faster than feet Photogenic pulses focus on shudder speed. Sitting here waiting to die Sitting here waiting to die Nothing else could make me feel if I can't rely on you So shed your tears upon me babe For we are the hunted, we are the slave Watching the war subside Used to make me cry Sitting here waiting to die Sitting here waiting to die Nothing else could make me feel if I can't rely on you
The Hunter 09:33


- The Hunter & The Hunted Bio -

Predator and prey. Love versus hate. There’s a freedom in the acceptance of loss. A strength in facing the reality of pain. Turning fear into anger. Anger into action. Dilating pupils and flushed skin. Our trembling breath. Panic attacks peace. The ever evolving nightmare becomes motivation for self preservation and protection for the one’s we love. Nature, and all of its laws. Everything that rises, falls. Eventually, the only response is to fight. The hunted will become the hunter. It’s only a matter of time. There is always a line.

Jesse Payne stems from a soil deep in the Southeastern region of the United States. He nests in scenic views of trees and mountains blending into valleys of skyscrapers and barns. Alabama and the Appalachian trail provide the canvas for his yellow shade of timeless polaroids transposing over lake and swing. A lifestyle suggesting an inheritance of owls and their nocturnal solitude. His sound and sight each born from a landscape of heavy cotton hands and autumn chairs.

His latest, The Hunter & The Hunted (Silent Crow Records.), will be released on October 4, 2019. The Hunter & The Hunted is an audio-painting of accepting consequences and drawing boundaries. A reaction for every action. Strategic improvisation rising from ashes. The future is unwritten.

Audio-painters for The Hunter & The Hunted: Jesse Payne, Thomas Warren, Steven Janes, R. Daniel Long, Mason Boyd, and Donnie Garvich


released October 4, 2019

Jesse Payne: vocals, guitar, percussion
Thomas Warren: bass, vocals
Steven Janes: guitar, soundscapes
R. Daniel Long: drums, percussion
Mason Boyd: drums, percussion
Donnie Garvich: piano, organ, keyboards

The Hunter & The Hunted was recorded at Boutwell Studios in Homewood, AL by Brad Lyons and mastered by Jason Hamric.


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Jesse Payne Birmingham, Alabama

Jesse Payne describes his music as minimalist chamber folk or "post-folk" in the likes of Maps and Atlases, Akron/Family,Megafaun and Red House Painters. He has been featured in the Big Takeover Mag's top 40 alongside Band of Horses,Death Cab For Cutie and Willie Nelson& tours the USA. ... more

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