This HUNNY article was written by Jamie Muir, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Michael Liggins
Los Angeles is renowned for producing a sea of meaningless pastiche stars, all beguiled by the stars and stripes of California’s glistening core. Yet under the shadow of such expectation comes the enthralling indietronica of HUNNY, a visceral and grounded six-piece combining the primal desire of The Cribs with the pop styling of The Killers in their ‘Hot Fuss’ prime. Their debut EP, ‘PAIN / ACHE / LOVING’ is the culmination of their work to date, and stamps their flag into the ground as future anthem feeders.
Swaggering into frame confidently, ‘Cry For Me’ incorporates that decadent vibe of euphoric nights pinned down by the realistic lows of modern love. It’s a theme consistently rolled out throughout the EP, but wrapped each time in another fresh and invigorating skin that tugs away at the listener’s heartstrings. Layer upon layer of pure summertime psychedelia flows through ‘La Belle Femme’ while the yearning chorus of ‘July’ soundtracks a lover’s quest for redemption, marking flashbacks to the emotional tangibility of a Passion Pit record. The imagination of frontman Jason Yarger creates a kaleidoscope painting of pain, loss and joy all under the mask of sugary undertones and blossoming melodies, none more so than “Natalie” a rising masterpiece in the perfect pop song category.
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EP closer ‘Parking Lot’ morphs that formula into a slow-burning rollercoaster, possessing a key-change most boy-bands would die for. Its cataclysmic elevation is a true spine-tingling moment, a realisation that HUNNY posses the creative ability to compete with the best pop figures, all whilst creating a perfectly disfigured creation of their own.
It’s with that in mind, that ‘PAIN / ACHE / LOVING’ stands as a truly remarkable EP, a boundary-shattering dream that soothes the listener into confronting their own desires. Perfectly crafted and bustling with euphoric angst, it flows like a dagger disguised as a cushion, shimmering into colour with undeniable ease. What makes ‘PAIN / ACHE /LOVING’ even more exciting is the promise of what is to come, as under this form HUNNY have the potential to become the truly great pop band of a generation.
‘PAIN / ACHE / LOVING’ is out now via B3SCI Records.