“Are You Ready Now” by The Hunter Express – A Song Review
The latest single from The Hunter Express has much in common with Lou Reed’s seemingly timeless “Take a Walk on the Wild Side.” The 1972 track exposed the societal fringe of the New York scene, without being judgmental. In comparison, “Are You Ready Now” nonjudgmentally tells the story of the financially strapped fringe in Australia by describing the routine of a person who is behind in paying her rent, despite working three jobs. Both vocalists use a melodic speaking style with sentence modulation which leaves many of the sentences without conventional "closure" (for example, each line in the opening verse from The Hunter Express).
Another common characteristic is that both songs are more interesting because they bring in at least one female voice. And both songs were written by singer/songwriter/storytellers. “Are You Ready Now” provides insights into the lifestyle in Australia, which helps explain the mention of the television program “Rage,” the reference to Dame Pattie Avenue, and the selection of Amazing” by Alex Lloyd as the song to which she dances.
The Hunter Express is an Indie Rock/Folk project of Melbourne’s Brad Ellis. Lately, we’ve been giving The Hunter Express extra attention as we consider where to fit the song “Cool” into our list of Best Songs of 2017. Almost without question, it will be in the top 30. “Cool” and “Are You Ready Now” are tracks on the self-titled LP of The Hunter Express. Quoting press content:
"The LP brings a level of growth and maturity in Ellis’ songwriting, working with engineer Callum Barter at Newmarket Studios, capturing a unique mix of live band and vocal takes, and sometimes using entire demo recordings for the single, ‘Cool.’ Working with many different collaboratives, the collective sound involves artists including Jarrad Brown (Dorsal Fins), Olaf Scott (Saskwatch), Fraser A. Gorman and Matt Dixon (Broads) and many more."