"We put 100% into everything we do, we live our lives by that mentality" - hmv.com talks to The Hunna
As they release their debut album 100, we talk to rising rockers The Hunna about how it all came together...
Your debut album 100 is out today! When did you start work on it? How old is the oldest track and how new is the newest one?
"Yeah! Absolutely buzzing for the release! We started working on the album around two years ago. The oldest track is called 'Brother' probably one of the first tracks we wrote towards it. The newest would have to be 'Alive'."
You worked on the album with Duncan Mills, why did you decide on him? And what does he give you as a producer?
"He believes in the Hunna vision and he wanted to express the same vision we had built. We loved his work before us with Florence & The Machine and many other artists. He was the man for us. An absolute squad boss!"
Can you sum up the album lyrically? Is there a common theme or do the songs sit apart from each other?
"Every song about real life experiences, individual stories. Things that have happened to us growing up, working, living, life."
When did you settle on the title of 100? And why?
"We put 100% into everything we do, The Hunna stands for 100. We live our lives by that mentality. Giving all we got, giving it 100!"
Were there any other titles discussed?
"Never! It was the easiest decision we've made to date!"
What was the song on the album that took the longest to get right?
"This would be 'Sycamore Tree' - it's the calmer of or tracks. A chilled vocal heavy song we needed to get just right. Plus it's the final track on the album. And means a lot to all of us."
And which came together most quickly?
"'Bonfire' - we've been playing this song for a long time. And we recorded it really naturally. It's just blew up!"
What are your plans to take the album out live?
"We'll be heading to Reading and Leeds this weekend Which we can't wait for. Then we're hitting the UK hard into October. Finally finishing at London Kentish Town Forum on the 5th. After that we're touring all the way until Christmas. Hopefully Santa Claus will help us..."