, a four piece rock band from Hertfordshire, England, played Air and Style Fest last weekend, a snowboarding competition-music festival hybrid in Innsbruck, Austria.
An hour before their set, Ryan, Jermaine, Dan, and Jack are sitting in their dressing room blasting The Weeknd
and leaning back into their chairs.
Ten minutes before their set, the scene hasn't changed.
"Yo, you guys are on in ten." Their tour manager, Mike, pops his head back into the dressing room. Jack, the drummer, opts to wear both sunglasses and a pair of ski goggles and the others change shirts and take swigs of water. The Weeknd comes back on the speakers - "I Feel it Comin'" - and the dressing room buzzes with pre-show energy.
Outside, the air is crisp and cold and the walk to the stage feels long, but as the band turns the corner to head up the ramp (the stage was festival style, raised 20 feet or so) the mountains come into full view. Ryan remarks on the view and the others nod in agreement. It's spectacular, white-capped mountains in different shades of blue towering in the distance.
The Hunna's set lasts about thirty minutes, all tracks off of their debut album 100
released last summer. Guitars (Ryan and Dan) dominate their sound, vigorous and heavy. Some songs like "Bonfire" and "Piece by Piece" build from a gentle intro into a crashing chorus of explosive drum hits and anthemic lyrics ("we blew up like a bonfire"
) and others are hotheaded from the start, like "You and Me" and "We Could Be." The crowd is a bit sparse - this is the first day and first performance of the festival, and it's a biting 30 degrees plus wind-chill. Still, the Hunna doesn't hold back.
After their set, they celebrate a little, embrace, and head back to the dressing room to get ready for a Facebook Live session with fans. Their name is apt - young and intense, the Hunna seems to put all of their energy into everything they do from performances to their interactions with their cherished fans.
During the session, fans live-comment questions about their songs, personal lives, and shower them with adoration. The four of them seemed to agree on most things, although there was dissent between whether Westworld
or Game of Thrones
was better (Game of Thrones
hands down). It's clear that they love being together, and seem to genuinely enjoy sharing the experience with their fans. When the session wraps, they pop up from the couches and high five.
"We're done here, let's fuckin' party!"
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