"Success in life is not measured in dollars, it's measured in difference. The difference you make for better or worse in the lives of all things, big or small, smart or dumb, beautiful or ugly."
- Devin Ott, Poetry for the Hunt
Poetry for the Hunt is an unsigned band out of Calgary, Alberta Canada that formed in 2015. It consists of Devin Ott (Guitar, Vocals) and Alex Bishop (Percussion). The story of Poetry for the Hunt is one of cringey comedy, misspent youth, and an insatiable desire to make noise for attention. Perhaps more importantly though, it is a story of friendship.
While looking for ways to fend off the consistent plague of boredom that consumed the planet in the early days of the internet, the boys began playing music together to pass the time. As the years when on, they graduated from basement jam sessions to open mic nights at the local dive bar, where they honed their skills by covering songs from their favourite bands. The idea to form a band of their own however, didn’t come about until 2015 when they listened to a recording of themselves jamming and said to each other “We should delete that.” The excitement of hearing that first recording inspired them to start writing songs of their own and within the year they had recorded enough songs to release their first album.
Play Therapy©, was released in August 2016 and made quite a stir amongst their fan (Devin’s Mom). Drawing from both of their unique perspectives and life experiences, Play Therapy© is mostly an album about change and self-reflection. It’s about pain, happiness, failure, success, and finding a voice. It’s about taking a long hard look at things you see on T.V. and saying to yourself “We could probably do that” with no solid support system in place to advise against it. Above all though, it is a record that serves as a road map of their lives, reminding them both of where they’ve been and where they are going and as a result, will always occupy a special place in their hearts.
Poetry for the Hunt’s second album, Happy Captives©, was recorded over the course of 10 months and was released in December 2017. They took what they learned from recording their first album and improved upon everything from the lyrical content & musical style to the mixing & mastering of the final product. Happy Captives© is different from their first album in so far as it is less a record of self-reflection and more a commentary on the greater world at large. It is an exploration of the human condition driven by a deep seeded desire to make sense of the world around them.
The album was recorded internationally by sending song files back and forth between Devin (in Canada) and Alex (who was living in Japan at the time). It saw the addition of bass guitar, piano, horn sections, and string ensembles made possible by the blending of digital instruments with live recordings. With everything from hard hitting drum lines to theatrical piano/ string sections, and seriously catchy hooks, Happy Captives© is a diverse and unique album that surprised everyone (most of all Devin & Alex) and is their most streamed album to date (Thanks Mom).