Interview: Ryan Potter from The Hunna prepares for Summer Sessions

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The Hunna, Everything Everything and Isaac Gracie will join Kings of Leon and The Wombats at Glasgow Summer Sessions on 22nd August.

Indie rock four-piece band The Hunna are singer Ryan Potter, lead guitarist Dan Dorney, bassist Jermaine Angin, and drummer Jack Metcalfe built a local following in Hertfordshire before teaming up with producer Tim Larcombe, who had worked with Lana Del Rey and Halsey, to record the band’s debut single.

Bonfires and its B-side, She’s Casual, were released in October 2015, coinciding with the Hunna’s first supporting tour with Bristol-based band Coasts.

They spent much of 2016 in the studio recording their debut album 100, which was released later the same year. Following headline slots at the Festival Republic Stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals, the band prepared for the release of their second record with lead singles Summer and Dare.



The ten-track albumm Dare was released last month and has set the band off on a summer of headline shows and festival appearances.

Glasgowist phoned singer Ryan Potter for a chat.

You are heading out across the country, what are the venues that you’ve found memorable so far in your touring career?

Well, we’re actually at KOKO in Camden Town right now. It’s a venue that we’ve always wanted to play. Just got the soundcheck done, that’s one part of it, so now just got to do the show.

KOKO is actually the first place that we all went out to in London. We’ve been here loads of times to see other gigs, and we’ve got a lot of memories here. So, yeah, to be finally playing here, it’s cool.

The Manchester Apollo was a big one for us. It’s a great venue and we’ve seen some of our favourite bands there.

Do you approach things differently if you’re doing a headline set than if you are a support act or if you’re going into a festival type situation?

I don’t know whether we approach it differently. I mean, every show for us we just do the same thing we always do, give the same show. If you’re at a festival I think just the whole vibe of it’s a bit more laid-back. Whereas, if it’s a headline show like tonight, and it’s a new album tour, there’s definitely a lot more pressure that you can feel. But, that could be a good thing as well. It makes you nervous but you just use those nerves.

Have you been happy with the way that the folk have responded to the new album, and the way that it’s translated to playing live?

Absolutely. I mean, we were confident in the album. We loved it ourselves and we were proud of it before it went out, but the reaction that people have had, and what people are saying to us about the album in person and online has been incredible.

I couldn’t really be more happy with the reaction, the way people are taking it, and what they’re saying about every song.

Playing it live has been awesome as well, it’s nice for us to play new songs and see what ones people like the most. Every show so far has been great. The fans have already been singing almost every word and it’s only been out a few weeks. Our fan base has always been super strong and passionate with that.

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Is it easy to maintain that relationship with fans? Obviously, you’re out on the road quite a lot, and you can put things out on social media and all that kind of stuff. Do you find that you’re bringing a lot of people along with you on the journey?

I think all of our shows, it really seems like it’s something special. It feels like in that room everyone is kind of one person, it’s like everyone’s just there and everyone has the exactly the same vibe. There’s no bad attitudes or anything in there. There’s no badness to it. Everyone’s just really positive, and just losing themselves in the music, and having such a good time. People are leaving and telling us that it was the best show that they’ve ever been to, which is so important to us.

It’s a really special thing. Every show, afterwards we go out and make sure we see the fans, and talk to them and stuff, and that goes a long way.

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What do you think about UK guitar based rock and roll band music at the moment? Do you think there’s a lot of interesting things happened? Do you feel that you’re part of a new wave?

We definitely do, especially with this second album, the reaction it’s had. I think it’s pushed us even more into being that band at the moment. We are very rock n roll based.

We don’t play with any backing track. It’s just us four up there, three guitars, one vocal and drums, which is the way we’ve always been.

It’s quite an old school approach, very raw. It’s definitely still alive in this generation. There’s bands that are on tour with us now, like Airways, who we’ve been on tour with before, and Judas. They are also great rock bands.

I think there’s lots of really good guitar based music coming through now. I think people are looking for it more. They’re finding the bands.

There’s always lots of really talented musicians, talented bands in all kinds of bars and pubs everywhere. You’ve just got to listen out for it I guess.

So, by the time you get to Glasgow you’re going to be part of a big, loud, noisy enthusiastic day out for Summer Sessions. What should people look out for in your set?

That gig’s going to be one of the first times that we’re going to play a mixture set from the first album and the second album. That’ll be a new experience for us, merging the two albums together. I’m looking forward to that.

You can expect a classic Hunna set. There’s going to be lots of energy, lots of passion, it will be very loud, and there will be lots of singing with the crowds. Just giving positive vibes to everyone, and making sure that, for however long we’re playing, people just forget everything and can enjoy the moment.

Find more information on Summer Session gigs here.