The Hunna have announced their brand new self-titled album to be released on October 28th via Believe, available to pre-order now here. Marking the announcement the band have released the riotous lead single ‘Trash’.
A potent blend of anger and savage dark humour, ‘Trash’ kicks things off by giving the music industry both barrels, taking pot-shots at the execs who told them “TikTok, TikTok or else you get dropped” and “Just don’t be yourself, ‘cos that’s wack” in the Beastie Boys-esque verses, before the punk rock chorus screams: “All they want is fucking money, money, money/They don’t care if hands get bloody, bloody, bloody”.
“We had so much fun writing the lyrics,” recalls vocalist and guitarist Ryan Potter. “All of us were together, joking around and letting loads out. Even though it has got an angst to it, we don’t take life too seriously, we’re just having fun.
“We’re not calling anyone specific out, it’s just overall industry suckiness. It highlights things we’ve experienced in the industry over the years and things we see going on and hear about now. There’s a lot of bad shit that still goes on in the industry and a lot of it gets swept under the rug. But we’re in the position where we’re on our fourth album, we feel refreshed and confident and this is what we’re going to say. You either like it or you don’t, it’s cool either way. We are who we are.”
The Hunna’s rise to global success has been meteoric: formed in 2015, their 2016 debut album, 100, went gold and shot into the UK Top 20. The 2018 follow-up, Dare, climbed even higher, as The Hunna built a golden reputation for crafting instant rock anthems.
The new album is set to further solidify this status and has been produced by legendary producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World) and seethes with colossal riffs, irresistible melodies and memorable lyrics.
There are post-lockdown anthems such as ‘Take A Ride’ and ‘Fugazi’ (“About being locked up and held down for too long until you say, ‘Screw it, for one night we’re just going to go balls to the wall, have the best time ever and not care about the repercussions,” says Ryan). There are relationship dramas, like ‘Apologies’, which straps a wiry Weezer-ish soundtrack to its true-life tale of a fan who claimed to have slept with Ryan in order to make her boyfriend jealous.
And then there’s the orchestral glory of ‘Sick’, which features Fightstar’s Charlie Simpson (“That was a huge deal for us,” enthuses Ryan. “He’s a big inspiration”) and the intensely emotional album closer, ‘Untouched Hearts’, which deals with the personal losses Ryan has faced over the years.
There are also plenty of lighter moments on this multi-faceted album with the cheeky lyrical references to celebrities and movie culture. Reality TV star Justin Bobby and pop queen Miley Cyrus get namechecked in ‘Fugazi’, while the gigantic ‘Circles’ compares band life in lockdown to being a “Punk rock Truman in a one-man show”.
Live, The Hunna have always been one of the most exciting bands on the circuit, with an insanely devoted fanbase guaranteed to turn every gig and festival appearance into an unmissable event.
This summer has been no different and the band have been treating fans to a taste of the forthcoming new album at huge outdoor shows including supporting You Me At Six in association with Slam Dunk Festival as well as performing at Benicassim. The band will also be performing at Y Not Festival this weekend and have more shows to be announced soon.
The Hunna will be released digitally and in an array of physical formats including vinyl / CD / cassette as well as special fan bundles and exclusive signed merchandise via store.thehunnaofficial.com
THE HUNNA TRACK LISTING
- The Storm
- Find A Way Out (Back To You)
- Other Side
- Take A Ride (Lights, Camera, Action)
- Sold My Soul
- You Can’t Sit With Us
- Untouched Hearts
- The Calm