“We’re just four boys that love making music together”.
Such a simple statement for a band who are anything but. The stage is swathed in blue light and “The Hunna” emblazoned on the backdrop gives you no doubt as to who owns the show tonight. To forget these two words would be sacrilege; this band has the drive and the talent to go far in the music world. Their first ever gig was performed at The Cambridge Junction, so tonight’s return arguably holds some special resonance for all four band members.
Such a young band both in terms of career and ages – only having formed back in 2015 – they don’t hold back on their energy in the slightest. You can see them making good use of the stage by throwing themselves about, coaxing the crowd almost to the point of mass hysteria. Despite being in their musical infancy, you have the perfect mixture of loud, energised music, combined with the soft melodious songs that come from lead singer Ryan Potter.
The night isn’t just dedicated to The Hunna. Shortly after the doors open, the crowds pile in to see local Cambridge lad Tom Lumley play. Growing in popularity even as his stage performance progresses, there is no doubt he is well-known in the area; the audience sing along to his music easily enough. He’s an altogether very humble artist who has a good image and is able to interact with the audience comfortably.
After an eight-month absence, Bristol band Coasts are up next. Usually, The Hunna have been known to support them at gigs. Coast’s new song Heart Starts Beating is well received and you can see Caines drop down from the stage to physically interact with the crowd.
It is a real treat to see three bands in one night, but it is obvious that the fans were largely here to see the Hunna, judging by the intense positive response. Repeatedly in the past, their music style has been compared to the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen. Similarly, it is no secret that they take on inspiration from Kings of Leon and this is evident in We Could Be.
A few songs didn’t work so well in the sense that they sounded repetitive and some of the lyrics were simplistic. We Could Be sounds like Bonfire and Potter also struggled vocally at times with You and Me. However, Sycamore Tree was sung with clear-cut vocals and was played at a pivotal point in the night where it changed the mood dramatically before reverting to more familiar ‘rocky’ territory.
As the evening draws to a close, the atmosphere becomes slightly surreal. Potter being presented with a fan’s bra and then urged by one of his band members to put it on is something no one from that night will forget in a hurry. Potter being the person he is was a good sport and naturally indulged the crowd.
With this year’s Reading festival appearance and a new album on the way, The Hunna will be afforded the chance to broadcast their talent and get their name out there. Potter dropped a hint that they were “going to set the stage on fire”. Not literally of course, but people should expect some awesome pyrotechnics.
Words from Catherine Verrechia
Images from Matt Thorpe