Concert Review: HUNNY

Concert Review: HUNNY

Taylor West, Assistant Editor

Everyone loves music. Even those who are polar opposites – like country and heavy metal – everyone can agree that life without music would really suck. Between downloading and streaming our favorite kinds of music (maybe even illegal downloads at the extremest extent, not that we suggest that, of course), we find different ways to listen to our favorite artists and bands. For anyone who’s ever seen their favorite artist/band live, they can honestly say that the best form of music listening is via concerts.

HUNNY is a six-piece band originating out of California rocking the indie genre as a undiscovered group soon to make headlines. Consisting of their front man Jason Yarger, two guitarist Jake Goldstein and Jacob Munk, bassist Gregory Horne, Joey Anderson on drums, they have their own unique addition Kevin Grimmett playing keyboard. HUNNY is fresh new band that has a collection of three EP’s and scattered singles, although is yet to release a full titled album. The band announced their US country tour late last year with openers Pllush and Hockey Dad.

Last month I got the opportunity to see HUNNY, Pllush, and Hockey Dad live at the Gada Dallas venue in Deep Ellum. I was ecstatic when hearing from a friend (who’d seen them at least five times) told me that one of their tour dates was right here in Dallas, I’ve been a huge fan after finding their “Pain/ Ache/ Loving” EP and was sure that Dallas would only be a stop once they got huge. HUNNY was the first band I had ever seen whose platform hasn’t taken off fully yet; I can say with confidence that it was a drastically different experience.

The venue they played was one of the smallest venues I’ve ever been in, and I loved it. Large arenas like American Airlines and Gexa Pavillion are great for holding lots of fans for world touring bands, but it lacks a certain type of intimacy between the performers and their die-hard fans. The Gada Dallas was no larger than two classrooms shoved together. With a stage set up in the front and an open bar in the back, the venue seemed to be no more than a bar with a house band desperate to be discovered. It was such a laid back, free for all venue that I had to check twice to make sure I was in the right place. What told me that this concert would stand apart from the rest wasn’t the size of the venue, but the fact that the stage reached by waist when I approached it and had nothing but 10 pound speakers to hold onto in the front.

Pllush and Hockey Dad were two bands I had never come across, though by the end of both sets I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed them. Pllush faced a misfortune early on as the first opener when half of their band got too sick to perform, leaving lead vocalist  Karli Helm and guitarist/vocalist Eva Treadway to face the crowded fans. The girls sang two songs and although they had no drummer or bassist, what was left of Pllush proved that a little acoustic session could be as fun as what they originally planned.

Hockey Dad followed this pattern when they did their set with only a drummer and lead singer/lead guitarist, which is what the band itself is all made up of. With their set being a couple songs longer, they were able to get a crowd that had been mindlessly swaying back and forth to previous music, to jump around and even open up a pit. Both bands did wonderful jobs keeping a crowd hungry for energy well fed and playing to the fullest extent of their abilities.

Ultimately, my experience with the band HUNNY was one of my best. I started the concert just an arms length from the stage and ended up at the stage by the second to last song. The entire band was extremely involved and had a huge stage presence. Yarger unbelievably sang even better than studio versions of songs and the band played perfectly with his occasional change of lyrics and tempos. My favorite song to hear was “Parking Lot,” as the band picked up its usual medium-paced beat and turn it around into a fast, upbeat song that everyone in the venue loved hearing.

For the last song, Yarger decided to get down off stage and walk around in the crowd- and it was amazing. While he may have accidentally took me down with him when tumbling to the floor of the venue, as the room spun around me I couldn’t have been happier to be taken down by such an amazing and interactive band. Overall, seeing HUNNY was my favorite concert experience and they’re a fun, personal band that I recommend for everyone and anyone to see live.