The recent popularity of indie rockers Hunter Valentine is well-waranted. After two solid albums (one of which, Lessons From The Late Night, was one of the first great female-fronted rock albums of the decade) the newly-dubbed quartet managed to garner plenty of fame for their famous (or infamous) antics on the reality show The Real L Word. Now that the season is over, it's time for fans new and old to be reminded why a band such as this needs to exist on this planet. Collide and Conquer, their third album, does just that.
Collide and Conquer combines the two strongest elements of their previous albums: the heart of Impatient Romantic and the anarchistic mindset of Lessons From The Late Night. It starts off not with a skip & a hop, but rather a spring & a pounce with "Liar Liar," a rousing middle finger to the betrayers. Lead vocalist/guitarist Kiyomi screams "I keep my mind straight over you," and you can bet she has a sinister plan in store for the fibbers of the world. Newcomer Somer Bingham's keyboarding during the music break adds a more espionage feel to the song, as if the plot in question will leave a trail a blood back to them.