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Hunter Valentine, March 2011
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Labels||True North Records
The current members of Hunter Valentine are Kiyomi McCloskey, Laura Petracca, Leanne Bowes and Aimee Bessada. The band formed in 2004. They signed with True North Records in fall 2006, and released their first full-length album, The Impatient Romantic, on April 10, 2007. Hunter Valentine has also been the staff band at Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp in New Milford, Connecticut. In the fall of 2009 the band recorded a self funded 7 song album with Ian Blurton after they were released by True North Records. The band traveled to NYC numerous times hoping to attract attention from labels and Tommy Boy came knocking and signed the band shortly thereafter. The recording was mastered by Howie Weinberg and titled "Lessons From The Late Night", release date in Canada is April 17 and May 11 worldwide. Their single, Revenge was cowritten with Holly Knight (Love Is A Battlefield, The Warrior, Angel TV Music Theme).) In 2012, Hunter Valentine's  tour was documented on season 3 of the television series The Real L Word on the Showtime channel. In 2013 they joined Cyndi Lauper on the North American leg of the She's So Unusual: 30th Anniversary Tour as the opening act. In July 2014 Hunter Valentine joined the Vans Warped Tour. In the summer of 2014 Hunter Valentine was featured on VH1's Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project
Kiyomi McCloskey is the lead guitarist and vocalist in the band Hunter Valentine. She has cited Neil Young, Rolling Stones, Robert Johnson, Lucinda Williams and Janis Joplin as influences. She is on the third season of the series The Real L Word, a lesbian based TV show on Showtime.
Laura Petracca is the drummer in Hunter Valentine. She began playing drums at a very young age, and competed successfully in many local drum competitions. She was inspired by many classic rock and grunge rock artists.
Leanne is the newest bassist for Hunter Valentine, after joining in early 2013.
Lisa Bianco plays guitar and keyboards and joined the band in 2014.
Somer Bingham plays guitar and keyboards. She met Kiyomi when her band shared a bill with Hunter Valentine at a venue in the East Village in 2008. Somer also fronts her own project, Clinical Trials, a grunge/punk/electro duo based in Brooklyn.
Veronica, aka Vero, left Hunter Valentine earlier in 2013. She played bass guitar.
They have toured Southern Ontario with bands such as, The Cliks, Dragonette, Kids on TV, Kelly and the Kelly Girls, Clothes Make the Man, Dead Letter Dept., Hexes and Ohs, Drowning Girl, Love Kills, Dance Yourself to Death, Sam Roberts, Sick of Sarah, Social Code, and Queen Caveat. In 2012 they toured with Sum 41 and IAmDynamite. In 2013 they toured with Cyndi Lauper.
|2007||Typical||RT!||The Impatient Romantic|
|Staten Island Dream Tour|
|2008||Break This||Colin Minihan|
|2010||The Stalker||Taylor Cohen||Lessons from the Late Night|
|2012||Liar Liar||Kevin Custer||Collide and Conquer|
|2013||The Pulse||Stephen Scott|