Straight outta’ Facebook, camera-ready 4-piece The Hunna have used their social-media savvy to publicise a radio-friendly sound to Zuckerberg’s millions of users. However, debut album ‘100’ is a rather middle of the road effort, with each song failing to be anything other than one-dimensional and samey – let’s elaborate.
Firstly, openings track ‘Bonfire’ and ‘We Could Be’ offer up catchy choruses, but fail to display imagination anywhere else; the lyrics in the verses are predictably trashy – “I bite my tongue, but fuck your heart, I can’t stand, I can’t stand you, baby” – which, evidently, makes them difficult to enjoy. ‘You & Me’ is another monotonously bleak product of lazy song writing, with ‘Alive’ and Waiting’ also categorising themselves under the same umbrella of unoriginality. The only listenable song on the album is ‘Piece by Piece’, which is a summery jam fit for any FIFA title, but, once again, is a tad shallow despite daring to break the humdrum barrier that the previous 5 tracks were penned back by.
“I can’t fall in love, it’s never enough” chants baby-faced frontman Ryan Potter on the blander ‘Never Enough’, with ‘Waiting’ and ‘Brother’ following along in the same vein. Disclaimer: it must be made clear that these songs are by no means bad, but when there’s little to no variation in any of the album’s content, it makes the job of listening to it – never mind reviewing it – a bit of a chore. Aside from their studio mishaps, the Watford-based outfit does however capture their adoring audience outside of the workshop. Thriving off of one another’s confidence at live shows, they do a better job of entertaining intimate venues than they do at exhibiting musical prowess.
Arguably, The Hunna are a superficial boy-band in the sense they’ve put all of their creative energy into being pleasing on the eye, both behind the camera and behind the computer screen, as opposed to being pleasing on the ear. It’s just a shame they couldn’t translate any of that initiative into breaking new ground musically. Then again, what do you expect from a band that cares more about photo-shoots than song writing?
The album is available now via High Time Records.
This Hunna article was written by Benjamin Irons, a GIGsoup contributor