Matt Hunter & The Dusty Fates

The Dusty Fates 2024: (L-R) Arad Evans, Jim Santo, Jeff Gensterblum, Matt Hunter, Gerard Smith, Jennifer Coates

Scummy Watertower Artist Essay: "How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Punk Rock" by Matt Hunter

An old Polaroid photo of Matt Hunter wearing gag nose glasses and throwing the horns with both hands.

Scummy Watertower today published Matt’s essay on growing up and discovering punk in Phoenix, Arizona, in the 1980s.

Sample quote:

Many, or at least too many, of my fellow Phoenicians were also more than a little nuts – often viciously so. (Blame the heat. We did.) And music could make already volatile people even crazier. This characteristic was on full display when national performers came through town. Local audiences booed Prince off the stage (opening for the Rolling Stones), broke a bottle over (then named) John Cougar’s head on stage, and chased the Beastie Boys off when opening for Madonna (!).

Read the entire essay here!


Matt Hunter & The Dusty Fates to Perform at DromFest '24!

Promotional poster for DromFest '24

We’re honored to have been added to the stellar line-up for Dromedary Records’ DromFest ’24, Labor Day Weekend (August 30 – September 1) at The Avalon Lounge in Catskill, NY. Tickets for DromFest ’24 are on sale now!

The Dusty Fates are scheduled to perform indoors at The Avalon at 5pm on Sunday, September 1, on a fantastic bill with Tuscadero (rare appearance), Cathedral Ceilings, Cell (their first show in decades!), and Aeon Station (3/4 of The Wrens)!

BrooklynVegan has all the details


Reindeer Soul on sale now!

The debut album of Matt Hunter & The Dusty Fates, Reindeer Soul, is now on sale from Dromedary Records on Bandcamp!

Available as high-res digital files, CD, and two flavors of impeccably pressed 12” vinyl (digital download code included with physical merch)!

Listen now and get your copy of Reindeer Soul today!


Glide Mag premieres "Reindeer Soul" video on day before album release!

It’s Reindeer Soul Release Eve! Huge thanks to Glide Magazine for today’s premiere of the video for the title track! Filmed by Chris “smitty” Smith and featuring DW Hunter a/k/a D.W. Box, it’s an “Expansive & Atmospheric Stunner”! Watch & listen now!

‘“Reindeer Soul” features a raw vocal performance over the emotional twang of The Dusty Fates for an expansive, moving ballad reminiscent of Sparklehorse and Jason Molina. The psychedelic video shows Hunter navigating life with an odd sense of a long-forgotten emotion looming behind his every turn.’ — Glide Mag


Playlist Madness!

The Almanac with DJ Brad Squirrels

The first two singles from Reindeer Soul, “Story of A Supergoup” and “The Narrator,” were featured in some noteworthy playlists this month!

Bradley’s Almanac / Episode 8 / May 2024
The Alternative’s New Music Friday
The 2024 Declared Goods!
getalternative’s The Alt Playlist – April 2024
For The Rabbits: Further Listening – 17/05/24


Apple Music Playlists "The Narrator"

Our new single from Reindeer Soul, “The Narrator,” was added today to the New in Rock and New in Alternative playlists on Apple Music!


Rock and Roll Globe Premieres "Narrator" Video, Reindeer Soul Pre-Orders Available

The second single from Reindeer Soul is “The Narrator,” and its music video (created by Sohrab Habibion from the band SAVAK) got its world premiere today by Rock and Roll Globe, a music site run by former New York Observer editor Ron Hart. Go over there and read more, or just enjoy it here!

In other big news, you can now pre-order Reindeer Soul ahead of its June 7 release by Dromedary Records. Head on over to the Dromedary Bandcamp to order the LP as digital download, CD, or two flavors of 12” vinyl!


Reindeer Soul Release Show June 8 @ Sanger Hall, Sunnyside

Matt Hunter& The Dusty Fates with Willis Willis at Sanger Hall, Sunnyside, Saturday, June 8

Our debut album, Reindeer Soul will be released Friday, June 7, 2024 on Dromedary Records! To celebrate, we’ll be performing Saturday, June 8, 2024 at Sanger Hall, 48-20 Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside, Queens, NY, with special guest Willis Willis.

Willis Willis plays at 9pm, followed by The Dusty Fates at 10. FREE ADMISSION!

DIRECTIONS: Take the 7 train to 46th Street/Bliss OR 52nd Street/Lincoln
OR walk (or subway) from the Woodside LIRR
OR really walk from the R/M trains at 46th Ave


Reindeer Soul Release Show June 7 @ The Avalon, Catskill, NY

Matt Hunter and The Dusty Fates with Lupo Citta and Of The Atlas, Friday, June 7, The Avalon Lounge, 29 Church Street, Catskill NY

Our debut album, Reindeer Soul will be released Friday, June 7, 2024 on Dromedary Records! To celebrate, we’ll be performing Friday, June 7, 20024 at The Avalon Lounge, 29 Church Street, Catskill NY, on a bill with Lupo Cittá (a new trio led by guitarist Chris Brokaw), and Catskill-based songwriter Jay Woodruff and his band Of The Atlas.

Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 8. Admission is $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Tickets are on sale now!


New Noise Magazine premieres video for "Story of A Supergroup," first single from debut LP!

Thanks to New Noise Magazine for premiering our new video for “Story of a Supergroup,” the first single off our upcoming album Reindeer Soul, out June 7 on Dromedary Records! Head over to New Noise to read all about it, or just watch the video right here!



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