Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Live Review: The Hunna - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff 30/05/2016
If you've glanced at a new music line-up in recent months, chances are The Hunna will be a familiar name. There's no shying away from the fact this band put the work in on the live circuit. So much in fact they were back in Cardiff for round-two just a month after their last visit. Having quickly gained a name for themselves with an unnervingly dedicated following, the band have seen a steady rise in popularity as they continue to sell out shows up and down the country consistently moving to larger venues to meet demand. Cardiff of course being no different.
Emerging on stage to Kanye West's 'Clique' might seem strange to most but there probably isn't a song that better sums up the band's tightly knit community of fans truer to life. As the screams finally settled from the young gathering at front, the London based four-piece took composure and dived in head first. For a group so fresh in the game you'd expect a sound to imitate its youthful appearance yet what's presented is an incredibly different aesthetic. There's an assertiveness to their playing abilities and this clearly radiated to the crowd as they began jumping around clashing amongst each other from the very first song.
Yet to release an album, claiming it to be ready in time for summer, the band played a set predominantly of recent singles to much applause. With swooping guitars and anthemic choruses it's safe to say they sure know their place and aren't afraid of letting us know. With this newly found confidence they pause mid set to take photos for social media, fans clambering on top of each others shoulders for a better shot.
With track's like You & Me and We Could Be, slow and steady ceases to exist amongst The Hunna's vocabulary as they exalted explosive guitars and thundering percussion throughout the room. Saving their best till last, it wouldn't be a complete evening without hearing Bonfire one of the first track's the band ever wrote. Jolting in to life it didn't take long for the whole room to be singing back the words in as valiant as effort as singer/guitarist Ryan Potter.
Whilst one or two of their songs sound fairly similar, I think The Hunna have their own quirky qualities that will soon only become even more prominent as they fall in to their own unique direction. Overall, a combination of charged-up fiery guitars coupled with hot-blooded vocals made for an exceptional evening. Hurry and catch them play these intimate venues, it won't be long before they're selling out Academy size shows up and down the country.
The Hunna continue their tour at the following dates:
June 1st – London – Electric Ballroom
June 2nd – Oxford – The Bullingdon
June 3rd – Bath – Moles
June 4th – Southampton – Joiners
June 5th – Plymouth – The Underground
June 6th – Brighton – Patterns
June 8th – Norwich – Waterfront studio
June 9th – Leicester – The Cookie