Good will Hunting Club

Hunting Club, the Elliot Smith-adoring quintet releases “The Plaid Album” at Sauce this Friday.

Good will Hunting Club

Mark Brenden

WHAT: Hunting Club CD Release WHO: Hunting Club, These Modern Socks, Satellite Voices, SpeedâÄôs the Name WHEN: Friday, June 4, 9 p.m. WHERE: Sauce Spirits and Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. If you think the Age of Irony has killed all the earnest, enterprising bands in our post-2000s purgatory, I present to you Hunting Club . The band âÄî whose solemn sounds have the mind of Elliot Smith, the ear of Brian Wilson, the stomach of the Pixies and the hooves of White Rabbits âÄî will present their self-titled follow-up to last yearâÄôs buzzed âÄúPretty/UglyâÄù EP to an eager crowd at Sauce Spirits and Soundbar on Friday. With some positive online reviews already under its belt, the event is sure to up their momentum. Three members of the five-member band, formed in 2008, hail from the small town of New Richmond, Wisconsin, with the other two raised in St. Paul. Member Kyle Steen is a sociology senior at the University of Minnesota. Their rich and textured self-titled LP, in classic Beatles, Jay-z and Spinal Tap -fashion, is aka âÄúThe Plaid AlbumâÄù due to its, well, plaid album artwork. “[The artwork being plaid] was really a propos to the music from my vantage point,” songwriter Eric Pasi said. “It sounds a little grainy, a little distant. It sounds conflicting and it has patterns. “We use a lot of droney delay and reverb to texturize things and layer it,” he added. In this day and age, many artists of all trades walk on eggshells to avoid making anything too overtly sad (or even earnest), lest they get thrown under the stigmatized “emo” rug. Hunting Club is armed and unafraid. “I don’t think [our music] is overwhelmingly sad,” Pasi said. “But life is filled with ups and downs, so the album has its highlight moments of upbeat tracks and more subdued tracks.” The ClubâÄôs complex yet instantly accessible tunes made them a buzz band in 2009, earning them a spot in Vita.mnâÄôs Are You Local? competition. But the boys arenâÄôt getting too worked up about that âÄî they just want to pay for gas. “We’re going global; maybe interstellar,” Pasi joked. “But, as far as expectations for the album, we just want to make something we enjoy, and something that will permit us to get on the road.” As one of the better venues in the area, Sauce should be a sufficient shelter for the bandâÄôs make-or-break showcase. “It’s a nice space,âÄù Pasi said. âÄúIt’s like a mass exodus from Lake Street, which has pushed a lot of the art scene in Uptown towards Lyndale,” he said. As an oft-blogged-about band playing a CD release at a venue that beckons the hippest of the hip, they must be prepping for a lot of people, right? “If my mom shows up I’ll be happy,” Pasi said.