As I arrived at Brudenell Social Club I was greeted by a sight that I have never seen there before. A queue stretching around to the side of the building, possibly because a large percentage of the punters were clearly too young to congregate in the bar. There was a palpable air of excitement emanating from the line of passionate The Hunna fans as the gig was upgraded from The Games Room to the Main Room.
The support act for this evening was solo artist Huntar. Equipped with just his voice and pre-recorded backing music Huntar gradually won over an audience restless for The Hunna to arrive. Despite the bass being way too high in the sound technician’s mix, Huntar’s vocals impressed and shone through. Accomplished at both high, delicate, vocals and big choruses his aural dynamism seemed effortless to the point where you wondered just what he was capable of if he pushed himself. The musical style he produces was of the kind that you could very easily imagine Kanye West sampling at some point in the future. With a vague resemblance to acts in the vein of Robert DeLong, Huntar was literally a warm up man for The Hunna, as he instigated Hunna chants throughout.
As the lights dipped and Hip-Hop blasted out The Hunna enthusiastically rushed out onto the stage to be loudly greeted by their excited fans, affectionately dubbed “The Hunna Squad” by the band. From the very beginning the moshing was extremely energetic and almost constant, especially during second track “We Could Be”, and they even formed a circle pit as they played “Waiting”.
The Hunna are a band who, despite their hype and teen following, posses a great deal of credibility and a much harder edge than bands like The 1975 who they regularly get compared to. They comprise of many impressive elements, one of the most notable is Ryan “Valentino” Potters vocals. His range more than competently covered light shades, gritty angst, and everything in-between. His vocal never falters during physically energetic displays, even his passionate screeches are controlled.
Three years into their career as a band they are still technically in their formative years but their performance was impressively tight especially during the stuttered parts and big explosive bits. The band work incredibly hard, drummer Jack embodies this work ethic. Refusing to rest on his laurels by constantly doing fills, which are unnecessary but only adds to the quality of their pieces. Guitarist Dan (“Bandana Dan”) also inputs a great deal of energy all over the stage, while Bassist Jermaine throws his guitar around like he is wrestling an uncontrollable fire hose.
They played a proportion of new material which was very well received and the crowd knew every word of the material which had already been released. The Hunna are definitely not a flash in the pan, I have more than a hunch that they are on the verge of big things. There is much more to come from this talented quartet and the numbers of The Hunna Squad are likely to become vast, it is inevitable that we will hear their name a lot more in the future.