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ALBUM REVIEW: The Hunna – The Hunna

A self-titled album is considered a sign that you are now a “serious” musician. Once you get to the eponymous era, it can be seen as a move from another independent band to one that earns industry respect. THE HUNNA – a rock trio from Hertfordshire, England – their self-titled fourth album was a long time coming. Formed in 2015, their rapid rise to fame saw them crack the UK Top 20 with their 2016 debut album 100. This success was beaten by their second album, 2018’s To dare. Unfortunately, that streak of success quickly came to a halt, as issues with management, their record company, and the COVID-19 pandemic caused the band to step back and look at the bigger picture.

Their third album I’d rather die than let you in was released in October 2020, but poorly plotted. After touring several record labels who wanted the band to focus on popularity rather than authenticity (which was unnecessary as they had an incredibly strong fanbase), THE HUNNA decided to return to their musical roots and created their fourth album independently in a home studio.

The result is a 13-song album that draws inspiration from bands such as KINGS OF LEONbut ultimately it’s always the sound that THE HUNNA fans know and love – with a twist or two. Since the first synths of Storm, it’s clear that this album was crafted with love. As the synths at the start of the song go for half the length – which seems pointless – the song then bursts into a frenzy of guitars and vocals. Although there is no vocals on this song, the intro is definitely the calm before the storm.

Trash can is a punk song that takes aim at those in the music industry who screwed up the band, with fantastic lyrics on the nose. That sardonic humor is something music lacks because it’s so hard to pull off; fortunately, THE HUNNA do it successfully. Throughout the album it is clear that Ryan Potter (vocals/guitar), Dan Dorney (guitar) and Jack Metcalfe (battery) burst. They seem confident and experimenting with their sound, and that’s for the best. The pace of the album is extremely fast, before it turns more into an indie rock album; however, this is not a bad thing, as even heartfelt hymns such as Find a way out (Back to you) have faster times.

Only downside, the album is quite long. Thirteen tracks is a lot when 10 or 11 would have worked very well. It only drags in places so could have been a bit shorter.

Overall however, THE HUNNATheir fourth album takes them back to basics and shows what happens when a band gains full creative control. Although a bit overloaded, this album is a great showcase of the band’s talent. It’s a fun and creative album that’s well paced and has brilliant sardonic humor. Even if it does not innovate, THE HUNNA have fun. And isn’t that the purpose of music?

Rating: 8/10

The Hunna is set for release on October 28 via Believe.

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