A guitar-driven, 90’s nostalgia-evoking band may not be what you’re expecting to break into the music scene in 2015, but that’s exactly what you’re getting from Hunny. Hunny is a 6-piece from Southern California that’s finally bringing their chill beach-rock vibes to the masses with the release of their debut EP. Currently on tour with Bad Suns and The Neighbourhood, Hunny is climbing up the ranks of the indie band scene, and will only go higher thanks to the masterpiece that is Pain/Ache/Loving.
Pain/Ache/Loving opens up with the band’s first single Cry For Me. Cry For Me is a guitar-heavy but keyboard driven track that sets the high energy of the entire EP. Short verses carry the song along at a fast pace, which matches the ever-changing guitar riffs. The bridge and chorus meld perfectly together, causing you to find yourself mindlessly singing along after just one listen. The break in instrumental near the end of the song brings the entire track to the climax-the introduction of the song’s namesake.
La Belle Femme takes a turn from the string-heavy Cry For Me, and lends itself to a sound that is based on dreamy keyboard tones and laced with a thumping bass line. A high-energy chorus keeps the song going at a medium tempo, up until the breakdown around the 2 minute mark. This breakdown allows the introduction of more percussion, and the change in vocal style to include more electronic manipulation. These subtle changes add depth to the song and keep the sound interesting, while still keeping everything familiar.
July is the next track, which takes advantage of an infectious guitar riff as the glue which holds the song together. You can hear the same basic riff used throughout all 3 guitars and the bass to create a cohesive sound while still keeping the melody interesting. Lyrics in this song are sparse, but they are delivered with a perfect drawl that fills the instrumental, and makes the few words even more impactful.
The lead single off of Pain/Ache/Loving is track 4, titled Natalie. This song carries a groove reminiscent of 90s pop-punk tune, and is a perfect representation of Hunny’’s overall sound. Each verse lends perfectly to the chorus, but doesn’t mirror or mock any of the sentiments brought in by that or the bridge. The most memorable aspect of Natalie is the chorus, which is arguably the most memorable part of the EP as a whole.
Parking Lot is a very suitable closing to the EP due to it’s slightly slower tempo, and belter of a vocal style. Bass guitar is heavily used to fill the entire song while main guitar parts and keyboard are used to embellish certain sections and progress the song forward. The composition of this song is unique, as it introduces a brand new melody and lyrical idea in the very last seconds. This shift helps to bring the EP to an end, but leave you wanting to listen again to search for what you didn’t hear before.
Pain/Ache/Loving is a very well-rounded EP which shows the versatility but familiarity of Hunny’s sound, and is a solid debut release.