Interview: The Hunna
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Medieval knights drinking red wine, saving damsels in distress, defeating evil and fighting dragons. This is what you’d see if The Hunna was a film. "Frodo’s in it as well," says Ryan Potter (vocals/guitar). "There’s a ring here and there. We’d puff with Gandalf." "And we can fly," he adds. ‘"t’s a mix of King Arthur, Lord of the Rings, Disney, and maybe even half-cartoon…" "Like Mary Poppins," says Jack Metcalfe (drums). "Mary Poppins kind of scared me when I was little, so let’s steer away from that," says Ryan. "Alright," Jack says, "no Mary Poppins, then." While cinematically implausible, this eclectic mix of film is a pretty good introduction to the Hertfordshire quintet, completed by guitarist Dan Dorney and bassist Jermaine Angin. They’re eager to charge out into the world, ready to take on whatever comes their way and show everyone what they’ve got. There’s a youthful enthusiasm about them, a fresh kind of determination. There’s a knightly brotherhood between them, too. The four lads are like a family; they finish each other’s sentences and stories, constantly joking with one another. Each member has their role in the Hunna family – consulting their Tour Manager, the band decide that Dan is the most sensible, Ryan is "the flirty dirty uncle, carrying a bottle of red wine around", Jermaine is "the naughty one", and Jack is "the Mummy’s boy". It seems, however, that the drummer might also be in the running for another title. A few minutes later when a ring is found left in the toilet, a sheepish Jack runs out retrieve it, leaving his bandmates falling about laughing. "You know, before we went on tour, he actually dropped his phone in the toilet," says Ryan. "He had no phone for the whole of Europe," says Jermaine. As well as music, the lads also bond through sport – Jack tells me that they love to play football. There’s video evidence of this, too, in the form of a rather cracking ‘squad goal’ scored by Jack and Ryan. "It actually went online and got about 7,000 views!" says Ryan. "Can’t just play guitar. Can give football lessons too, if needs be," he continues. "And we are ready for that charity match – you know, when Gordon Ramsay and all those people play. The rest of the world versus The Hunna." The band’s name comes from their hip-hop and rap influences. For anyone (like me) not as down with the slang as The Hunna, ‘1Hunna’ is essentially a rap version of ‘100’ - see 2 Chainz’s sketchy lyrical pronunciation. Which rapper, then, would they collaborate with, if given the chance? They’re quick to name Drake, but Kanye West (aka Yeezy) is a close second, followed by Wiz Khalfia. And what would the track sound like? "Psychedelic," says Jermaine.
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