Here are some post that happened around the same time I launch the cd and got lost in the noise T_T. Thank you so much to the reviewers and random fans that just write up about me. I continue to be humbled by everyone’s passion for the music. Thanks.
The Quiet Revolution – Mmd
Yet another little trip up to Brisbane over the weekend saw us catch Hunz at The Globe on Friday night. A little tired from traveling all day we found sitting through the support bands a little bit of a challenge – the PA was just way too loud for my fragile ears and the bands were performing music that wasn’t really my sort of thing. It must have been late, possibly quarter to midnight that Hunz with his lappy, mics and keys, plus his bandmates Phil Evans on bass & Richie Young on drums, delivered a shortish set for over 30 minutes.
Playing only songs from the album When Victims Fight the band delivered enhanced versions of the songs with live intensity and genuine emotion, all which came across most enjoyable and beyond expectation. Going off my limited knowledge of their YouTube posted performances, it seems that the band is quite tight and Hunz has embellished the songs with live keyboard, extra melodies and effective ‘tape loop’ style self-sampling of his vocals to perform lovely weaving auto-choruses and builds. There were many moments when I though ‘this is all better than the CD, especially the strength in Hunz’s voice’. It was a slight shame there were only 50+ odd people there to see all this – but I’m reminded of a time I saw Augie March playing beautiful music to a small and totally unresponsive Bistro Audience up at UNE in 2000 before they got very big on Triple J. Somehow, and I know it’s a cliche, I feel it’s the same for Hunz: that wide and appropriately deserving attention will befall this music one way or another. Good gigs leave you with this feeling. There are all too many acts out there that suffer from having too much style and not enough substance – but if you ever catch these guys play live you’ll see that there’s no such issue here. The music left us feeling both entertained as well as inspired.
What a motivator to keep on with my own music.
We met up with him after the set to have a quick chinwag. He told me that the Renoise XRNS files for the new album Thoughts That Move have been released, which you can read more about here. Oh yeah, and of course that means the album has gone fully public and the band will be performing the new songs at future gig dates (lucky for Brisbanites). As stated before, I’m excited for him and think that it’s a good sign of what is yet to emerge.
Read the whole thing here http://m.thequietrevolution.net/mmd/2009/05/25/hunzspirational/
When I found that the electronic music at the end of Guttersnipe and Freesignal was done by their vocalist I endeavored to find out more. It took a while, but eventually I stumble across a web page that Hunz had set up with a bunch of songs : Broken Wings, Kemical, The Flame, Your Still Here, Face I Paint and a few more. That was all I had until, I don’t know how but I found out he had a webpage for a current project.
Further investigation and a few free downloads and I was hooked. So I waited a little because I wanted to get it digitally, but after holding out as long as I could, I figured I’d enjoy a real copy. (side: you can now purchase it online here).
Work was boring when I arrived, but finding the CD meant I took a break and changed the scenery. Down stairs to the lounge, put the CD into an impressive speaker system, then sit back and enjoy the first listen.
I love this part of music. Everything is foreign. Things change expectantly. Vocals appear through broken shards as the beats and bass push air from speakers. I hum, like I know where everything is heading, and stop because it is nothing like I thought. Its surprising and entertaining, and the music is fresh, like a cool breeze on a summers day.
When Victims Fight is like that, a fresh breeze – but more-so in the I’m in a dark room and I need some fresh air, kind of way. The melodys wind around the grubby beats intertwining in an elaborate and endearing way. The album has a way to set a mood and follow it through, the dissonance of the music never seems to resolve
The electronic sounds flare and click while the drums set an uneven beat in the verses. They seem to falter and stumble and it creates an upsetting mood. But when it falls into the chorus it all falls into place, driving beats combine with the atmospheric vocals to really capture the mind.
And on the vocals, I do specifically like the way Hunz uses his voice like an instrument – like the start of the track ‘Hearts On Fire’ – eerie and beautiful – it adds wonderful dimension to the overall sound, and it is something that I really enjoy too.
One reason why I was happy to buy the album is the artwork. Fantastic. I do love the real world objects like CD covers, for some reason getting the album online doesn’t cover that aspect of a purchase. Although it was just a cover, no slip, so it was limited, and a digital purchase would have done. But hey, I have a real copy, which is great.
Overall, I found When Victims Fight to be a CD that fits right when I need music to be right now. It is fresh, and creative. It is moving and captivating. I enjoy this CD and am looking forward to what is to come.
You can read the whole thing at http://frodosghost.com/2009/05/22/hunz-when-victims-fight/