Indie punk outfit Haunters started out as a solo project of local guitarist Jonathan Minor in 2016, and then bassist Brendon Shealy and drummer Jeff O’Brien came on board. The three-piece will celebrate the cassette release of EP Long Days//Sleepless Nights with a free show at Big Gun Burger Sept. 29 at 10 p.m.
Released separately through 2021, the five tracks will be available for the first time as a compilation. The Long Days//Sleepless Nights cassette will include a bonus track, and following the show, the newly assembled material will be out on all streaming platforms.
Though he is fond of the term garage pop to describe Haunters, Minor said the band is largely influenced by alternative bands formed in the late 1980s and early 1990s such as The Weakerthans, Jawbreaker and Superchunk.
“I don’t want to say we are marching to the beat of a dead horse or anything, but we know the sound we are going for — and as much as we want to branch out and be creative, we aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel.”
The trio already has a follow up EP recorded and additional songs in the works for a third release, with all material produced by O’Brien in a home studio setting.
The follow up EP is called Waiting for Connection, Minor said. “The title track is about feeling disconnected from people. The memories that were being called to mind weren’t of pandemic times, though. Solitude is something I’ve written about a lot in my life. But that’s not to say I’m a loner. I do love people, but it’s easy for me to feel disconnected.”
“My songwriting falls between diary and poetry.”