It’s been a tough week, but I’ve been getting through it by thinking about music. So what’s on my mind this week? Check out the latest edition of On the Radar.
If it wasn’t for Night Riots’ show last weekend at Bottom Lounge, I would’ve never known about The Hunna. Straight from London, The Hunna is the next best thing in rock music. The band consists of Ryan Potter (vocals/guitar), Dan (lead guitar), Jermaine (bass), and Jack (drums). I was floored by their performance. Frontman Potter may be small, but his delivery packs a punch. He stumbled around the stage as if losing control of his wild guitar. And his vocal delivery was even better, sounding like he tore his cords to shreds one minute and sounding soulful the next. It was surprising to hear him banter with the crowd, as his soft-spoken British accent doesn’t seem to match his stage demeanor.
Their entire performance was explosive, chaotic, and wild. The band got the crowd so fired up, you expected a mosh pit to break out. You can feel every note they struck, every chord they hit with such force. And judging from the crowd reaction, they already have loyal US following. Songs like “Bonfire” and “You and Me” are already big anthems and they haven’t been around that long. And tracks like “Bad for Me” and “Piece by Piece” prompt mass sing-alongs whether you know the lyrics or just mumble along. I was so impressed I bought their debut album, 100, as soon as I got home. I’ve been listening to it all week since.
The Hunna are a rising rock band, who have been touted as a promising new act. Last year saw the release of their debut single “Bonfire” along with their b-side, “She’s so Casual.” They spent the rest of the year working on their debut album, which dropped earlier this year. If you want music that hits you hard with a hook you can sing out loud, then check out The Hunna. See them live in an intimate setting while you can because these guys are bound to blow up at any time.
Bullet For My Valentine
I’ve always gotten a lot of flack for it, but I absolutely love Bullet For My Valentine. I discovered them in high school and haven’t looked back since. Their debut album, The Poison, is still one of my top favorites. Their 2015 offering, Venom, was stellar and a marked improvement over their previous release, Temper Temper. So I was beyond excited when the band dropped a new single, “Don’t Need You.” If you’re an older Bullet fan and want something loud, in your face, aggressive, and seething with rage, then you need to hear this song. “Don’t Need You” is classic Bullet all the way: blazing guitars, lots of screaming, and a killer hook. The video is pretty sweet too though a little jarring: the band crashes a wedding from Hell, but the twitching effect on everything makes it a bit hard to watch at times.
So why the new song? Who knows. At this time, it’s not attached to a new album. It seems the guys just felt like getting in the studio and recording something. Rather than making fans wait, they wanted to share it with us, similar to their 2013 single “Raising Hell.” But in that instance, it felt like they were trying to show they still rocked after the disappointing reaction to their 2013 album. This time, it sounds like they’re in the right place and just want to rock the fuck out. And after a week like this, you’re going to need it.
Foo Fighters are back?
Remember early in the year when people freaked out over the rumor that Foo Fighters were breaking up? Then it turned out they were going on a hiatus? Well, apparently that’s over. In what has to be the shortest hiatus ever, Foo Fighters made a live return last month for an all-star charity gig. They have another all-star concert lined up for next year. But what’s really strange is a new website that’s popped up over the last few days. Called foofighterspassport.com, the page redirects from their website and takes you to a map with a passport on it. When you click on the image, it opens up and has a stamp with their first show of 2017 in Lisbon.
Aside from that, we have no other information about the website or its purpose. Is this just a new redesign for their live shows? Or is it related to a new release? The band’s last album was 2014’s Sonic Highways, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if they were planning new music. It could also be related to the rumored second season of the HBO docu-series Sonic Highways, which could take place in Europe. Everything is a mystery right now. Hopefully, the Foos will share some light on what’s going on soon. For now, anyone else think calling their eight month break a hiatus a bit of a stretch?
After such a hard, angry, and unbelievable week, we all need a pick-me-up. Mine came in the form of listening to 90s pop. You know stuff like Backstreet Boys, Hanson, Nsync, and of course the Spice Girls. Yes, I had Spice Girl fever as a kid. I had the lunchbox, wallet, lollipops, and tons of posters. I still have all my Spice Girls dolls and my original shirts. Don’t get too jealous.
Sadly, I missed out on their reunion tour. So when rumors started flying about another reunion tour, I was ready to throw all my money at it just to finally see the Spice Girls. Then came disappointment; only three of them would participate. I’m no longer interested. I don’t care if Posh Spice’s mic was never on, I want to see all five girls. It’s not the same with only three of them. But it seems they’re still going forward with this idea.
This week, the girls posted an Instagram pic showing Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) and Geri Horner (Ginger Spice) in the studio together. Music producer Elliot Kennedy also confirmed the girls are working on new music. So far, there’s no word on whether or not Victoria Beckham (Posh) and Melanie Chisholm (Sporty) will change their minds about rejoining the group. So far, there are no dates for this potential reunion. There’s a still chance the girls will join their sisters once again. For now, I’ll just keep spinning Spiceworld to forget what’s going on in the country.
Leonard Cohen dies at 82
2016 is officially horrible. There have been countless major blows to the music not to mention the sham presidential election that I won’t even get into. Now, music has suffered another loss. Legendary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82. His death comes as a shock to fans and critics everywhere, especially since he released his latest album, You Want it Darker, came out last month.
“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” according to a statement posted to Cohen’s Facebook on Thursday night. “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.” A cause of death was not disclosed.
In an eerie turn of events, Cohen previously talked about his death in an interview with The New Yorker. He predicted his latest album would be his last and went on to say “I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me,” Cohen said. He later clarified in an interview with Billboard, noting, “I said I was ready to die recently. And I think I was exaggerating. I’ve always been into self-dramatization. I intend to live forever.”
Cohen’s career was long and successful spanning over six decades. He released his debut album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, in 1967 and continued releasing groundbreaking records during life. He will surely be missed by family, friends, and fans all over.