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365 albums a year review

 

Thank you 365 albums a year for listening and reviewing my album “Thoughts that move”

 

365 albums a year

 

. . . A full time artist may not be anything new at this day and age, but a multi-discipline artist seems to be less common at the music industry’s higher level. It is artists like Hunz that reinvigorate the undergroung music scene. That having been said, Hunz’s Thoughts That Move is a bold accomplishment for the burst of artistic expression it is.

 

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Drew L

 

Review round up

A round up of some lovely street press we got after supporting one of our favorite bands. Thanks to all the reviewers for coming out and watching us play. And thank you re:enactment for having us along. Very very wonderful night.

 

Timeoff Magazine

 

Hunz play brooding, atmospheric New Wave rock with choruses that explode into post-apocalyptic walls of sound. It’s an awesome thing to behold, and they warm the audience up brilliantly for the main act . . .

 

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DANIEL WYNNE

 

 

Rave Magazine

 

Hans Van Vliet, better known as Hunz, is a fixture of the Brisbane live electronica scene, and his performance tonight demonstrates why: his fine tenor vocals are as precise and smooth in the live environment as they are on record. Where Hunz uses honey to trap flies, Re:Enactment use vinegar . . .

 

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Chad Packhill

 

 

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Next up were Hunz. A small crowd had gathered at the bass of the stage, and with the screaming of some of the crowd members down the front, I had a feeling this was going to be a pretty decent display. The incredibly polished sounds of electronic music that trickled out of the speakers was nothing short of brilliant. With heavy drums and backing bass, the eponymous lead singer was absolutely mesmerizing as he pranced and thrashed about behind his keyboard, delivering vocals that were both powerful in their depth and yet intricate in their falsetto parts. You could tell that the live experience was what Hunz is all about: the band flourished in this environment, lapping up every little bit of the crowd’s energetic mood and throwing it straight back at them. At times, songs began to sound a little bit same-y, but I suppose you can never have too much of a good thing, so I guess I could only class this as a minor annoyance . . .

 

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Alessandro Oliveira

 

Webcuts Hifi review

 

Really strong review from Webcuts of our performance at the HiFi with Hazards. Thank you!

 

Rave Magazine Live Show Review

 

Bris Bounty: Hunz, Maps, Lion Island, Hazards

 

. . . Credit to Hunz, essentially vocalist/keyboardist Hans van Vliet joined live by Phil Evans on bass and Richie Young on drums, who perform like it’s a full house of a thousand punters. Hunz’ glitch-pop is heavy on percussion featuring electronic drum pads, acoustic drums and drum programming, along with keyboards from the Martin Gore school of moody synth lines. With the rally against consumerism of “Soon Soon” comparisons to Thom Yorke are inevitable, with both sharing a high register vocal range and the bleeps and syncopated beats are similar to those of Eraser. The set ends with “You Said Hello” which sees a more playful, funky side of Hunz and has Hans severing his ties to his keyboard to get into the groove and relish the frontman role . . .

 

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CALEB RUDD

 

Rave Magazine Hifi show review

Many thanks to Tian for the wonderful review in Rave Magazine this week. It felt really good on stage and it is wonderful that it translated to the Audience. We have 3 shows to announce next month which I’ll do shortly too .. One of them is a Hunz presents “7bit hero”

 

Rave Magazine Live Show Review

 

The Hi-Fi – Fri Aug 20

 

Local electronic three-piece Hunz produce a spellbinding set that could easily headline the night. Their soaring melodies and delicate glitchy ambience fill the room and the crowd is practically glowing from the energy of their performance. The sporadic use of a drum machine works well tonight and their newer material explores the dancier side of electronica . . .

 

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TIAN ZHANG

 

A post from across the globe

It still amazes me when I read posts like this because it’s from the other side of the Globe. I love how music can bring cultures, countries and people together. I thought I would draw your attention to this post on www.phlow.es. (And yes this is using Google Translate)

 

Phlow

 

Energetic Pop from across the planet

 

Energetic Pop from across the planet | Hunz shared with Henrik Jose and Mosaik (of whom I talked in previous articles) his past in the demoscene, the subculture of audiovisual creation and source of the trackers netlabels cradle of a decade ago now. Since he started publishing his tracks in the late 90s in the select group Five Musicians was characterized by entering your voice in song, something unusual then, but he eventually led the band toured with Beanbag by the United States.

 

Later he returned to his native Australia to return to producing music and released his first album, When Victims Fight, which contained some old and some new themes. And last year, decided to participate in the RPM Challenge, which consists of recording an album in 28 days, and thus produced their second album, Thoughts That Move, which is available for free download at Bandcamp (although not licensed Creative Commons). This album mixes a more aggressive pop with a base provided electronically, although the voices are the stars and the common theme of all themes.

 

Another feature of Hunza is its commitment to the community and musical innovation. All his albums have been self-produced and sold / distributed directly between him and his audience, and from Thoughts That Move that is totally focused on the social media and crowdsourcing. Its website has a blog where he explains his news, has profiles on all major social networks and updated often with all sorts of experiments.

 

But the most interesting is that also publishes the source files of their songs, clearly influenced by the time of the modules of the demoscene, and no wonder then that the tracker are RENOISE format, which also has as an artist on staff . Thus authorized Hunz get remixes of his songs which he later republished in his site and fill up his own music.

 

A clear example that one need not be a “great” to offer good products at your fans and build you an entire community around you.

 

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David Domingo

 

Fasterlouder Review @ Club Blink

Fasterlouder Review @ Club Blink

 

. . . . Having recently shared his magic with the Big Sound showcase attendees, raved-about Brissie moodytronica maestro Hunz leads his powerhouse rhythm section (featuring drums prodigy Richie Young) into another riveting performance. A passionate frontman as well as a ridiculously talented singer, songwriter and sonic architect, the erstwhile Hans Van Vliet is a familiar welcome sight as he attacks both his mic and modified synth, every syllable, note and move soaked with emotion and sheer intensity. Several choice tracks from acclaimed albums When Victims Fight and this year’s marvellous Thoughts That Move get an airing, Long Road, Soon, Soon and You Said Hello all packing wistful keyboard arrangements and humungous hooks. During the second half of the show, a laptop glitch prompts the digi-soul man to skip a song from the setlist, apologise to the crowd and bow out with another spirited vocal/musical display. My post-gig recommendation to the uninitiated? If you haven’t seen Hunz yet, by all means do it – you’ll be blown away. . . .

 

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Denis Semchenko

 

The Vine – Bigsound Mention

Bigsound 2009 is over for the year and although I was very nervous about the performance it all went along with out any major hitches .. phew. Here is a line about me from someone who blogged the 3 day event. Enjoy.

 

The Vine

 

. . . . Finally, I drag myself to new venue X&Y to catch electronic pop act Hunz and leave glad I bothered. Hunz is something that’s borderline oxymoronic: an electronic musician with personality to burn. And burn it he does, during his set I think I smiled almost as much as he did . . .

 

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Dogwolf

 

A Review from last nights The Hangar show.

Usually I post the whole story here but instead I am going to post a link. This is a local Brisbane, Australia blog spot that needs our support so this is possibly the best way we can give it. It is a fantastic review that makes me blush. Thank you!

 

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Rave Magazine Album Review

If you pick up this weeks copy of Rave Magazine in Australia you’ll get to read another neat review for the new album “Thoughts that move”. Thank you Rave Magazine and Andrea Lam.

 

Rave Magazine Review

 

A record put out in 28 days that far exceeds 10 years of output from 28 Days

 

Hunz’s Thoughts That Move was constructed in 28 days for the RPM challenge (a call-out to bands to partake in a sort-of Ready Steady Cook equivalent of record making – Ready Steady Rock!). Thoughts That Move comprises 10 songs showcasing sparkly synths, glitchy beats and Hunz’s melancholy multitracked voice. The opener, It’s So Light, slaps me onto the dancefl oor – denying expectations of an intimate exposure to Hunz’s inner sanctum, in favour for beats and bass. The driving beats continue with Soon, Soon – a pop song guaranteed to make the cool kids dance (and self-consciously interpretative dance in the breakdowns).

 

Hunz has produced an album which glitters like a subdued ecstasy high. While I found the synth ornamentation a little over-the-top, and savoured the restraint of Enough To Make You Smile, Hunz could not have chosen a better title for this album. Thoughts That Move feels like experiencing the heady rhythm and ecstasy of the dancefloor through a filter of someone else’s thoughts. It doesn’t quite meet the expectations of a full album but given the time frame, Hunz promises treasures in the future.

 

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ANDREA LAM

 

Before Hollywood Review

One of my favorite reviews :D . It makes me feel like I’ve just started growing and where I end up is part of the musical journey we are all on. I certainly can’t wait to get there. I love how the reviewer, Cam, found “Hyperballad – Bjork” to be an influence. One of my all time favorite tunes that in times of trouble my brain always managed to sing it back. Thank you Before Hollywood for the wonderfully uplifting review.

 

Please thank Before Hollywood for me and leave some comments on their blog to show the love. Thanks again.

 

Before Hollywood Review

 

Hunz’ latest record, Thoughts That Move, was created as part of the annual RPM Challenge, where artists are required to create an album within the month of February. Given that pretty heavy restriction and his chosen genre of music (vaguely atmospheric electro-pop), the resulting record is quite impressive. Thoughts That Move falls into a sonic space somewhere between Thom Yorke’s Eraser and Bjork’s Post; there are moments of intensity ala the former record (and Hunz seems to be quite fond of layered falsetto vocal arrangements much like Yorke), but with a poppier, more uplifting bent that brings it closer to ‘Hyperballad’ territory. The music is filled with skittering drums beats, thick synth bass and glitchy keyboards, all of which have been sonically polished and meticulously placed – the mix of density and clarity in the recording is pretty remarkable when you consider that the album was entirely conceived and created within four weeks.

 

The record somehow manages to be simultaneously upbeat, forceful and reflective, emotive. The tempos are uniformly high, the mix dense and the melodies up front, while little sounds darting around the edges and periods of stillness amongst the otherwise inertia-filled music give a much needed emotional ambiguity to proceedings. On initial listen the record might seem fairly uniform in mood and quality, however over subsequent listens some songs seem to stand out more – usually this occurs when the songs mix the two moods in fairly equal measure, such as in the opening combo of ‘It’s So Light’ and ‘Soon, Soon’. The former mixes its glossy sound with a bittersweet yet uplifting chord progression, while the latter juxtaposes a driving drumbeat against walls of vocals. Another highlight is closer ‘The Commotion’.

 

The album does drag a fraction by the second half, and not every song hits upon a memorable melody or arrangement, but those complaints feel like nitpicks when considering the circumstances under which the record was made. I certainly can’t point out any tracks as being poor as such, and there are definitely a couple that succeed in grabbing my attention. I’d really love to see Hunz get darker, grimier and more analog sounding on his next release, but I think that might just be my personal preferences talking. If he continues to mine this particular electronic pop vein then I imagine he’ll still produce some music well worth people’s time.

 

You can get a free digital version of Thoughts That Move from Hunz’ website, where you can also buy CD copies for $10.

 

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