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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

 

 

Pressrecordonline

 

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

 

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

 

LOFLY RECORDS top ten acts of 2009

Lofly listed me in there top ten as the best acts to see, that played in their venue “The hanger” of 2009. Lofly Records run a venue called “The hanger” and it is one of those undiscovered treasures in brisbane. If you do get a chance to see a band there do it.

 

LOFLY RECORDS
(Brisbane independent label
peeps, Hangar venue/practice
space operators and all-round
nice guys)
Best Hangar sets of 2009
1. Kid Sam (May)
2. McKisko (May)
3. Re:Enactment (December)
4. Do The Robot (August)
5. Bastards of the Epic Day (A.K.A.
Axxonn) (September)
6. Idle Cranes (March)
7. DZ (June)
8. Nova Scotia (April)
9. Hunz (September)
10. Big Strong Brute (August)
(Rave says: support The Hangar in
2010! It’s one the city’s coolest venues
and best kept secrets. www.
myspace.com/lofl yhangar)

 

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Rave magazine – Page 21

 

A review of the show – possibly the best review I’ve ever had

 

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

 

Rave Magazine Review

The Troubadour – Sat Jan 24

Disclaimer: this writer is proud to attest he hasn’t seen one crap show at The Troub. That said, the Australia Day weekend is reassuringly full of live music and bringing his art to the tassle-decorated stage is Brisbane’s own math-rock extraordinaire Hunz. Backed by a powerhouse rhythm section, the bearded soul man/laptop wizard gives a glimpse of what Pivot could have sounded like if Richard Pike sang conventional lyrics; his expansive range, in-song vocal loops and sheer passion make for one memorable opening slot.

No matter how tight they are, hometown boys Gladstone & Lochaber are unable to match Hunz’s impressive performance. Their reverb-drenched palette coming across as by-numbers Aussie rock with Perth slant (Gyroscope, Eskimo Joe etc), the quartet only really get flying on one Francophone number, albeit due to that song’s nod to The Stills’ glorious Retour A Vega.

Muse jamming with Sparks anyone? In lieu of pre-gig research, [ME] turn out to be my unexpected discovery of 2009. Ridiculously talented, the precocious Melbourne fourpiece do a much better job at pulling off the Queen sound than The Darkness ever did and generally make the latter collective sound like a bunch of amateurs; Freddy Mercury’s spirit would undoubtedly be smiling at the band’s vocal acrobatics while Brian May would approve of the guitarist’s supersonic tapping and sustain-laden riffs. Two words: epic win.

DENIS SEMCHENKO

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Hey,
 
This was for the night that I played with kid confucius. Was a great night, got to hang with the great guys from the hungry kids of hungary ..
 

Valley Studios – Thu Dec 18

Armed with an eclectic sound palate, Brisbane midi-maestro Hunz plies his post-rock meanderings with a bass and drum ensemble to an audience who prefer to populate corners and couches rather than the gaping space near the front of the stage.

Buoyed by winning the coveted Unearthed slot on the upcoming Big Day Out, local indie rockers Hungry Kids Of Hungary demonstrate the songwriting maturity of a band twice their age, with the musicianship to boot. Their three part harmonies contrast nicely with Kane Mazlin’s staccato keyboard rhythms to achieve a sound somewhere between the ‘70s pop-rock icons Chicago and today’s hippest indie producer Ben Folds.

It’s tough to see past the disappointed faces of Sydney’s kick-ass funk/soul-cum-indie rock act Kid Confucius, here to promote their latest release The Let Go, although the powerhouse octet deliver an amazing set despite the poor turnout. After an opening passage of super-charged rockier newbies including Play A Part, Morning J and Good Luck, singer Rob Hezkial defiantly jumps down from the stage to pull chairs, couches and bodies closer to the stage to instant effect. With the vibe in check, they return to the funk with Stripes’ cruising tune Better Be On Soon and their self-titled debut’s Mister, before peaking with the festival blockbuster Moment.

JAMES STAFFORD

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 Merry Christmas people.
 

Rave Magzine Review + Album is in Rocking Horse

Hey,
 
A live review of the yeo and the fresh goods show. A big thanks to everyone for shifting venues with us due to flooding in bar soma. I had such a wonderful night and watching yeo perform was the highlight for me. Rave did a review of the show and they liked me .. yay! You can read it here.
 

The Press Club – Thu Nov 20

A last-minute venue change finds a redirected crowd gathering at a crowded Press Club instead of a flooded BarSoma. The night’s set times are shortened and the artists are forced onstage with minimal soundcheck time, but Game Boy instrumentalist and Guitar Hero extraordinaire Dot.AY cares not. Audio technician duties are ably handled by a chilled guy perched atop a milk crate side-of-stage, while the man onstage thrashes away amid his clever handheld creations. Our inner video game nerd collectively smiles and applauds.

Hunz augments electronic samples with his unique voice and live drum and bass to produce an enchanting sound. Why haven’t we heard him earlier? Blame ineffective promotion, blame infrequent performances; it doesn’t matter, as there’s several dozen new fans appreciating the trio’s thoughtful, restrained pieces. The frontman graciously accepts our hastily-spent cash in exchange for his remarkable debut, When Victims Fight.

The show’s relocation proves somewhat of a blessing in disguise, as regular club patrons are introduced to music they’d otherwise not have heard. The vast majority are enjoying the unexpected entertainment, which is best exemplified several songs into Yeo & The Freshgoods’ album launch: shoeless girls are dancing on tables and others are scaling couches to better observe the five-piece induce incessant movement and enthusiasm. Prolific multi-instrumentalist Yeo Choong and his talented band fuse elements of a dozen genres across a highly engaging performance. Storms, water damage and frowning men in suits be damned: tonight’s show is submerged in success.

ANDREW MCMILLEN

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The other great news is! We are in rocking horse so if you live in brisbane and havn’t been able to pick up the album you can go into the rocking horse and pick up a copy.
 
Thanks everyone