The Hunna have completed a lot in a relatively short space of time. Back in 2018, they released their debut album, ‘Dare’, yet it’s now, on their fourth studio record, that they’ve gone for the self-titled name. It’s all part of the so-called era of ‘The Hunna Mania’, which they recently dubbed when I caught them on tour. It was then that they played these tracks that everyone can hear now, and you’ll quickly notice how made for the stage it was.
It would be wrong of me to omit that I think there are some fillers. But that’s probably expected and not uncommon; it’s just how the subjectivity of art plays out. ‘The Hunna’ navigates the tongue-in-cheek alongside the personal and pivotal, and it supplies middle-finger-flipping in the right places. It’s a long one, too, with 13 tracks of punk-rock goodness that’s aimed towards those with ears that lean towards pop and the new wave of emo.
Lighting the match is ‘The Storm’, an opening track that ironically provides some calm before the album really kicks into gear. You get the first flush of guitar shredding here as well, which you become accustomed to as the songs go on. The hit single ‘Trash’ is up second, followed by ‘Fugazi’, then the band have tactically spread the other campaign-leading singles out. So the riotously fun ‘Apologies’ enters just before they slow the tempo right down on the reflective ‘Untouched Hearts’. While I prefer this outfit when they’re at their rockiest and loudest, you can’t deny the wistful wisdom of that one.
The middle section is where you get offerings such as ‘Circles’, which smartly utilises a cyclic structure to audibly depict the swirling round of the drain referenced within. If you’re also particularly keen on their harsher stuff, ‘Take A Ride (Lights, Camera, Action)’ has an angsty vibe with naughty lyrics, and it’s a far feistier cut. The other major ripper is ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’, a ferocious, truthful smear piece about issues in the music industry with a fun Mean Girls nod.
The only collaboration comes from Charlie Simpson (of Busted and Fightstar) and his screamo vocals on ‘Sick’ — something that the band were chuffed to have secured, which they stated gleefully at their gig. Then the order cleverly ends with ‘The Calm’, which has a really enjoyable, slow yet piercing beat and a mellow riff to boot.
If you only download one track, let it be: ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’