Emerging Artist of the week: Hunny
HUNNY is Jason Yarger, Jake Goldstein, Jacob Munk, Gregory Horne, Kevin Grimmett, and Joey Anderson.
Photos by Nicole Busch.
So a couple months ago I stumbled upon a very rare breed of musicians. It was a Monday night in Silverlake and I was meeting up with my homie Bryan Sammis (aka Olivver) at this cool music venue called Bootleg Theatre. He had been telling me about his friends new band and how they booked their own residency at the venue and had been slaying every night. So this particular night I decided I just had to check these dudes out. Upon arriving to the venue, I realized that I had walked right into the middle of an incredible music scene that has been brewing up some amazing talent this past year. Members of The Neighbourhood, Maudlin Strangers, and Royaljag were just a few of the talented musicians that came out to watch and support the band. So now the band gets up on stage. The lights lower and the projector starts playing a video behind them.
It’s Space Jam.. Yes the 90’s classic featuring Micheal Jordan and Bill Murray.
The band shreds through their set with explosions of vibrant energy and sound while the lead singer’s nostalgic voice conveys enough angst and attitude I was convinced he had traveled back in time from the punk scene of the late 80’s. At time’s their sound reminded me of what I loved about Say Anything and Mewithoutyou back in high school. Their influences obviously range from much more though (if those at all). The rest of the band’s long locks and baggy 90’s inspired look set a very playful and nostalgic vibe on stage. Ending their set with a cover of The Cure‘s “Just Like Heaven” was just icing on the cake, and the band had the entire room dancing, singing along and going insane. None the less, Hunny’s show was incredible.
The Southern California six-piece was formed in early 2014 by a group of long time friends and musicians. Hunny’s charismatic sound draws from a blend of 1980’s post-punk and their undying love for Prince. HUNNY worked with producer Eric Palmquist (Bad Suns, Trash Talk) on their debut EP which features the single “Cry for Me” that garnered more than 200,000 plays in it’s first 2 months on Soundcloud, charting on the Top “Most Popular Tracks” on Hype Machine. The band has also gained local support from KROQ where the single hit #1 on KROQ’s Locals Only Show. After delivering a sold out LA residency in June of 2015, HUNNY has wrapped a national tour with The Neighbourhood (see below) in the fall. Check out their tune “Cry for Me” below then peep their social medias for more news on the band’s next move..