Friday 21 October 2022, 6:30pm - 10pm
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No one ever said international rock stardom was easy, but The Hunna have often made it look that way.
Their rise to global success has been meteoric: formed in 2015, their 2016 debut album, ‘100’, went gold and shot into the UK Top 20. The 2018 follow-up, ‘Dare’, climbed even higher, as The Hunna built a golden reputation for crafting instant rock anthems.
Live, they’ve always been one of the most exciting bands on the circuit, with an insanely devoted fanbase guaranteed to turn every gig and festival appearance into an unmissable event.
But, while things might have looked simple from the outside, behind the scenes they were often anything but. Having dealt with some well-documented issues with the management and record label behind their first two records, the Covid-19 lockdown tested them like nothing else – until a back-to-basics approach helped The Hunna deliver their greatest and most ambitious album yet.
“Everyone lost it a little bit because of Covid,” says Ryan. “Especially in the music industry; no one really knew what was working or what to do. We got passed around lots of different people to write songs for the album but, after a while, it just felt like we were being pushed and pulled all over the place. We weren’t feeling the songs, so we took the decision to change that situation ourselves. On this record, you can hear us taking back that control and the confidence coming through.”
So, after the band finally returned to the road in late 2021 to a delirious welcome, the three of them locked themselves away in Jack’s home studio, shut out all the outside voices, dug into their original ‘90s and ‘00s rock influences and stripped things back to The Hunna’s awesomely anthemic rock origins. They emerged with their best-ever set of songs and the belief to change things up.
So they cleaned house, switching to the UK’s premier rock management group, Raw Power (home to the likes of Bring Me The Horizon and You Me At Six), and signing a global record deal with French super-independent Believe Music. And, crucially, as Dan points out, the new team allowed the band to “focus on the music and concentrate on what we do best”.
As a result, their new, self-titled fourth album bristles with the pent-up emotions that lingered through that long lockdown. Starting by giving the music industry both barrels on lead single, ‘Trash’.
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