Brothers cut from the same cloth

Brothers senior Owen Hunt and junior Roger Hunt have something in common with teenagers across America— they play instruments in a band. What makes them unique, however, is their band members. Like so many other bands before them —The Stooges, The Kinks and The Beach Boys to name a few — the Hunts play in a band together. “I like playing with my brother a lot,” Owen said. “He’s a very good musician.”

The brothers both play guitar and bass, but that is where their musical similarity ends. Owen plays french horn for the Decatur marching band, while Roger drums and sings. Not only that, but their artistic interests vary as well. “We have a few things in common, but we mostly like different stuff,” Owen said.

Roger agrees. “We can appreciate certain music, but what we really listen to is different,” he said.

Owen has takes his inspiration from two categories. “The artists who have been most inspiring to me over time are probably Igor Stravinsky, and Frank Zappa,” he said. “[But] more recently The Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., Husker Du and Sonic Youth.”

On the other hand, Roger takes his inspiration based on instrument. “I get my inspiration by listening to artists … who are generally awesome guitar players,” he said, “like Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Guthrie Govan, Larry Carlton, Grant Green and many others.”

The difference in their style does not affect their cooperation in their band, SWAMP, with seniors Tommy Weigle and Oliver Neff. “It’s interesting working in a band together,” Roger said. “We can play off of each other very well.”

Owen agrees, adding, “[Although] it didn’t really bring us closer together, it let us mutually understand our playing styles.”

Even with such close proximity, Owen maintains that the two never really clash “in a big way.” Roger agrees, with the addition, “About music, no. About other stuff, all the time.”