Alternative rock band The Hunna seemingly came out of nowhere when they dropped their debut album, 100, back in 2016 which hit no. 13 on the album charts. Made up of guitarist and lead singer Ryan Potter, lead guitarist Dan Dorney, bassist Junate Angin and drummer Jack Metcalfe, they continued their streak of amazing music with the 2018 release of their second album Dare. They recently took the music scene by storm again with the release of their newest album, titled I’d Rather Die Than Let You In. The album really has an attitude!
Produced by John Feldman, renowned for producing music with the likes of Panic! At The Disco, Twenty-One Pilots, All Time Low and so many more! The album was released on October 2nd and features twelve tracks. On a first listen, track two, I Wanna Know, was the first to get me bopping. It features the authentic sound of The Hunna while balancing a slightly calmer opening. Don’t let that fool you, however, the track picks up speed quickly and doesn’t let up! The energy is maintained throughout the whole album, making it good to listen to in pretty much any situation and pretty much any location.
As you get further in, however, it starts to feel as though the album is trying to do too much. While there are some great tunes on there, it doesn’t have the same effect that their previous two albums have had. I find myself adding far fewer of these tracks to my playlists than I did with Dare and 100. The intense use of autotune removes the intensity of their live sound and takes away from the impact of the album as a whole.
Of all the tracks on the album, I Wanna Know stands out to me the most. This one to me has the closest resemblance to the band's previous material. The vocals are loud and clear, showing off the strength of Ryan Potter's voice. The backing of the song has the upbeat feel to it that the whole Dare album does, it has the ability to make it impossible not to sing along. This tune has worked its way into a few of my playlists, and it is impossible not to bop and sing along when it comes on in the car. That being said, it doesn't compare to previous tracks like Bonfire and Babe, Can I Call? and gets played half as much.
I would still recommend checking the album out, you might find you like the new sound The Hunna have adopted. The lyrics flick from focusing on break-ups to current events, which gives the album a darker tone. The combination of these two lyrical elements works well and gives the album an overall coherent feel and gives the songs a consistent theme. It's not their best album, but that doesn't make it a bad one so make sure to check it out below!
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Words by Chloe Pollard.