Review: The Hunna at The Joiners, Southampton

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The Hunna, a four-piece from Hertfordshire, are currently taking the urban indie rock scene by storm. The band appeared in Southampton last November when supporting the equally up-and-coming indie pop band Coasts at the Engine Rooms. Only a handful of the Engine Room’s audience knew their most popular single, ‘Bonfire’, but fast forward less than six months and the band are currently headlining their own, sold out UK tour.

Despite the fact that The Hunna launched straight into their set with a brand new track, ‘Alive’, the audience were ecstatic as their confident stage presence and positive energy promised an excellent evening. Throughout the show the boys tantalised their ever-growing fan base with fresh material, such as brand new single ‘You & Me’, which lead singer Ryan Potter proudly proclaimed would feature on their debut album, which is set for release this coming August.

Interspersed between the warmly-received teaser tracks were ‘golden-oldies’, all previously released on SoundCloud and Spotify, which saw the audience shout along, declare their love during tuning breaks and dance passionately. Stand out moments of the set included singles ‘We Could Be’ and ‘She’s Casual’, with the whole Hunna-Squad (as their fan base are affectionately referred to by the boys) getting extremely “lit”.

Rounding off their show, The Hunna expressed a heart-felt thanks to everyone who had attended, showing a real sincerity and appreciation for their supporters. Promising to return soon – and hinting they plan to tour with Coasts again imminently – the band introduced their final two tracks of the night as never-before-heard material. One of which, lovingly called ‘Brother’, was written about Potter’s dream that lead guitarist Daniel had died, showing the closeness between the quartet.

Overall, a combination of explosive sound coupled with impassioned vocals, The Hunna rocked the small award-winning venue last Friday night. If you haven’t heard of them already, The Hunna are officially, ones to watch.

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