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Live Review: The Hunna @ The Joiners, Southampton (25/3/16)

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★★★★☆

It’s pretty impressive. The Hunna were officially born less than six months ago, and their first 12-leg UK headline tour – including tonight’s show – is entirely sold out.

Demand for the Hertfordshire quintet is so high, in fact, that they’ll be heading out again in May and June to play another run of bigger UK dates. A risky move for most bands in their infancy, but not for The Hunna.

The Hunna are ready.

The four lads swagger onto the stage like a band who’ve been at it for years. They’re greeted by a venue packed out by their loyal gang of fans – the so-called Hunna Squad, which will only grow after tonight.

It’s a gutsy thing to open with a brand new track, but it’s a great thing if you’ve got the guts to pull it off. Opener ‘Alive’ is a strong start to the set, eagerly embraced by the H-Squad grooving away down front.

But things really get started when The Hunna launch into single ‘We Could Be’.

Front-man Ryan Potter’s impassioned vocals soar above glittering melodies and a determined bassline. It’s got that anthemic quality, that elevated sound that stays with you.

With a full album due later this year, there’s a lot of new material aired tonight.

‘Never Enough’ climbs higher and higher, propelled by insistent drums and blaring guitars that amplify frustrated, fervent vocals. ‘Hunna Tree’ drives tirelessly on with force and intensity, begging to be sung from the top of everyone’s lungs. The Hunna put their all into every moment of their set, and they get everything back from the crowd.

‘She’s Casual’ is a clear favourite, with every member of The H-Squad singing along full-volume. It’s rivalled by the band’s electric debut single ‘Bonfire’, which sends The Joiners into a blazing, sizzling frenzy.

New track ‘Bad For You’ is a blistering and unapologetic end to the night. Vigorous drums thunder beneath menacing riffs as frontman Potter’s tenacious vocals rocket through the raucous wall of sound.  

The Hunna won't be a short-lived hype.

Catch them live before they explode – you won’t be disappointed.

The Hunna’s March and April UK tour dates are sold out, but you can catch them later at:

MAY

23 – STOKE Sugarmill

24 – HULL Adelphi

25 – NEWCASTLE Think Tank

26 – GLASGOW King Tuts

27 – MANCHESTER Dot To Dot

28 – BRISTOL Dot To Dot

29 – NOTTINGHAM Dot To Dot

30 – CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach

31 – BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hound

 

JUNE

1 – LONDON Electric Ballroom

2 – OXFORD The Bullingdon

3 – BATH Moles

4 – SOUTHAMPTON Joiners

5 – PLYMOUTH The Underground

6 – BRIGHTON Patterns

8 – NORWICH Waterfront Studio

9 – LEICESTER The Cookie




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