In Conversation with The Hunna @ Reading Festival

The Hunna self-describes their music as Pretty Boy Grunge or PBG for short. This joking way of describing their music helps to show The Hunna’s incredibly personable sense of humour. As I spoke more with the band, I felt that I really got to know them both as people and artists. After almost two years of Covid lockdowns, this Main Stage Reading Festival performance was the first time The Hunna’s members had played live together in front of an audience in quite some time. Coming straight off of an incredibly energetic and fun set, the band was clearly high on the rush of performance. This led to my favourite moment of our interview when Ryan—the band’s lead singer and frontman—laughed about how The Hunna is, ‘a rock’n’roll sandwich,’ because PBG sounds so similar to PBJ. Frankly, though I’m not exactly sure what a rock’n’roll sandwich exactly implies, I think it might be an apt descriptor for the band. During our interview, they exuded rock energy. Drawing from a wide range of musical influences, it was easy to tell that the band members knew their craft and knew their musical history. Citing Nirvana as a huge influence, we discussed their historical 1992 Reading Festival set and what it was like for The Hunna to now play in the same spot that Nirvana once played. The Hunna also dresses like rockstars, claiming fashion to be a big non-musical, artistic force in their lives. Ryan, who enjoys riding motocross bikes, wore colourful motocross trousers during our interview. Having overheard him talking about these trousers with his bandmates, I broke the ice by asking about them, and he happily replied: ‘I thought… I’m going to bring a bit of motocross to Reading this year.’ However, The Hunna’s fame and rockstar status did not go to their head, and, like an overwhelming number of the artists I had the pleasure to interview during the festival, they were surprisingly down to earth and just happy to be living their dream. The Hunna was honestly a pleasure to hang out with during our interview, and (with their performance taking place on Reading Festival’s last day) a great final interview to end the weekend with.

Who are your biggest musical influences, and how did you first start making music?

Ryan: There are so many. We listen to a lot of different music, but, just rattling them off: Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Deftones, Queen, AC/DC, My Chemical Romance, Limp Bizkit, Taking Back Sunday, Blink-182, Fall Out Boy back in the day, Lana Del Ray, The Neighbourhood, Slipknot, Kings of Leon. As a vocalist, I love Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, and Aretha Franklin.

Jack: A lot of hip-hop as well. Travis Scott, Rae Sremmurd, Wiz Khalifa, The Weekend, Drizzy, Yung Lean, Post Malone.

Jack: Old-school Nirvana, bro. That definitely got me on the kit.

Ryan: And let’s not forget Tenacious D.

What is your favourite Reading set of all time?