We love a good solo project at GigRadar Towers and we’ve found a brand new one in Vermont-based Hidden Horizon, which offers up a fun and lively pop-punk sound.
Hidden Horizon is the solo project of Jon Dutil, who drafts his brother Juan in to help on guitar on his latest track Stuck With You. Jon tells us that the song is dedicated to his wife after the European trip that they had planned to celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary getting cancelled due to Coronavirus. That said, it’s still a fast-paced, upbeat track filled with fun lyrics.
The track opens up with lively rolling guitar chords that drop into palm-muted guitars under Jon’s high-pitched punky vocals. “We were supposed to take a trip my dear, 10 years when we said I do, And Corona’s not a drink no more, And I’m glad I’m stuck with you, A memory we’d not forget, Though I know that is still true, Yeah this quarantine may be a drag, But I’m glad I’m stuck with you.”
More fun guitars follow and feed into a verse and chorus, which gives way to a cool little solo. Lower vocals come in over palm-muted guitars and end on the line “Big Ben will have to wait for now but you’re always stuck with me.” Then a big drum roll feeds into a final blast of the chorus. Check it out in the cool lyric video below:
We had a chat with Jon to find out more about the solo project and what else he has planned. Read on below…
GR: Who are Hidden Horizon?
JD: “Hidden Horizon is actually a solo project believe it or not. I don’t like the concept of being a solo artist, so I’m using the name Hidden Horizon simply because of that. The recordings are almost all me at this point, I play the guitars, bass and keyboards and the vocals as well.
“In Stuck With You, my brother Lucas wanted to get involved and, even though he lives 700 miles away, he actually played the guitar solo on this track and it came out awesome! He’s a great guitarist.”
GR: You just released Stuck With You. What should people be expecting from the song?
JD: “During this pandemic, I’ve had a lot of free time and couldn’t get together with anyone else, but I’d been working on some songs on my own and decided to just start the recording process. I’m going to be hopefully releasing an EP in the fall as well. I’ve got a few more pop/punk jams ready to go soon.
“The inspiration for this song was our real life situation. I’ve been married for 10 years and for 8 years we’ve been putting money aside for this great Eurotrip. We had it all booked and everything and boom, Coronavirus hits. Had to cancel the whole thing and instead of Europe, we can’t even go to Walmart together! So the song works on two levels, I’m stuck with her here because we can’t go anywhere and I’m stuck with her because of our marriage. I actually gave her this song for our anniversary. Not a Eurotrip, but she liked it.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
JD: “The sound of Hidden Horizon stems from many influences, I’d say that the music is a blend of all those but I like to write positive and sometimes try to be the sunshine on a rainy day. Positive, upbeat, fast and driving to sometimes a little more quiet and introspective.
GR:Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
JD: “The simple answer is that Hidden Horizon sounds like a fusing of my favorite pop/punk bands. my favorites being The Offspring, Relient K, New Found Glory, Fenix Tx, Children 18:3.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
JD: “When I write songs, I like to dig into real situations. Sometimes its pretty personal but sometimes more general. Stuck WIth You is a very specific situation but at the same time, I’m sure many can relate with this crazy time we are in but overall, I like to take bad situations and show the light at the end of the tunnel or the silver lining in them. I’m not saying I never will write something a little darker subject matter but I try to write songs to give hope and put a smile on your face.
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
JD: “So I do hope to have an EP or maybe even an LP done by the end of the year. I’ve got a cover song I’m working on now, changing it up A LOT and I have a couple more punk jams in the can and ready to be recorded soon.
“I released another song called Get Up (There is Tomorrow) about a month ago or so as well. Its a bit quieter then Stuck With You and deals with overcoming depression and the bad situations life throws at us through faith. Live shows are clearly not happening any time soon but maybe I could do an acoustic show online at some point.”