In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with lesbian rock band HUNTER VALENTINE who’s currently on tour. Coming off starring in Season 3 of Showtime's hit reality series The Real L Word into the release of their third studio album titled COLLIDE & CONQUER out October 23rd on Megaforce/Sony, no one can deny the momentum behind rockers HUNTER VALENTINE. It all began when lead singer/guitarist Kiyomi McCloskey met drummer Laura Petracca in a dark dirty bar in their hometown of Toronto and forged an unbreakable bond. Now eight years later with two studio albums under their belt, the band has grown into a veritable powerhouse that tours over 200 dates a year worldwide with bassist Veronica "Vero" Sanchez and newest member lead guitarist Aimee Bessada. We talked to the band literally on the road as they headed east from Chicago about The Real L Word, the new album and their spin on our LGBT issues.
When asked what their personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights HUNTER VALENTINE stated, “As a band, as a public figure, you’re constantly in the spotlight and we have a lot of young people that approach us and ask questions about their sexuality and our contribution is to be a role model within the LGBT community. So you know, whether we’re on stage playing a pride festival or we’re answering an email about a kid who’s getting bullied at school for being gay, that’s kind of how we contribute. Or having a fifty year old woman confused because she’s finding out that she’s a lesbian and has children and is married and doesn’t know what to do. Like we get all kinds of different sort of people, fans, friends that approach us and we feel that our part is trying to be there and answer as many questions possible because we want to try and help anybody in any situation. And the more people feel like they have that positive equal space it’s going to show the rest of the world that everyone deserves to have equal rights and that queer people are just the same as everyone else.”
HUNTER VALENTINE COLLIDE & CONQUER TOUR is currently playing North America through November. Then they’re headed to Japan and Europe. Their new Megaforce/Sony Album COLLIDE & CONQUER will be available on October 23rd.
For Tour Dates & Info: huntervalentine.com
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