Kings of Sydney’s undergroundÂ Johnny HunterÂ have today released their triumphant debut albumÂ ‘Want’Â via Cooking Vinyl Australia. Led by anÂ emphatic music video for the title-track,Â WantÂ comes ahead of the band embarking on a 9-date national album tour throughout July.
Rousing blood-pumper Want is a thunderous opening to the album,Â wallopingÂ with insurmountable force. From the outset, the title-track introducesÂ Johnny HunterÂ as defiant and determined; frontmanÂ Nick HuttÂ sharesÂ “it’s a spearheaded promise to ourselvesÂ to be the best version we can be. With this song, our self-assured affirmation acts as a hardened fist to the whirlwind of challenges that life throws at us. Want is Johnny Hunter incarnate.”
Despite the spirited nature ofÂ Johnny HunterÂ and their confident charisma, itâ€™s the moments of furious honesty and deep catharsis whereÂ the strength ofÂ WantÂ shines most brightly. Songs like Cry Like A Man and Clover hear HuttÂ bare his soul, with each soaring vocal adding another dimension to this six-piece who are destroying the boundaries of man-hood with theirÂ powerful vulnerability and proud embrace of self.
HuttÂ notesÂ â€œAs we were finishing the record, we had just gotten out of lockdown and were certain that we were staring down the barrel of another couple of months in isolation… so thereâ€™s an element of structured desperation across the ten tracks.â€Â This raw humanity underscores the entire album;Â Johnny HunterÂ are self-aware enough to acknowledge that we are all human and need to embrace our whole selves on the journey to self-actualisation. The Floor is an acceptance of our lowest points, while Fracture finds the beautyÂ in sadness.Â â€œNo matter how different we may seemâ€¦unbeknownst to what it is we wantâ€¦ we have all been naÃ¯ve, we have all strived to find our version of life, we all fear change, fear sadness, all amidst our own collective fading eternity.â€Â However they are equally fuelled by a grit and hunger that drives them to take on the world, its changes and its conflicts head on – expressed with absolute invincibility and naivety on Endless Days.
On bringing their cinematic soundscapes to life,Â HuttÂ adds “Being able to involve our producerÂ Jack MoffittÂ (The Preatures) into the creative process ensured we could squeeze the best out of every song. Our relationship really drove the direction of the final productionÂ and helped to finesse the lyrics. We also teamed up with critically acclaimed producerÂ Adam GreenspanÂ (IDLES, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) to mix the album, and working with him opened our production so much more than we ever imagined.”
Since emerging from the shadows of Sydneyâ€™s grim nightlife in 2019,Â Johnny HunterÂ have quickly risen to cult favourites, selling out rooms across Australiaâ€™s East Coast and winning audiences over supporting the likes ofÂ Jack White and The Saboteurs,Â City Calm DownÂ andÂ Polish ClubÂ to name a few. Their debut EPÂ ‘Early Trauma’Â (2020) garnered critical praise and airplay around the country, citing influences and drawing comparisons to The Smiths, Joy Division and The Cure. Though their sound is rooted in nostalgia, their impassioned songwriting and explosive live showsÂ are undeniably made for now.
‘Want’ National Album Tour
Tickets on sale now HERE
Friday 1 July – Vinnies Dive, Gold Coast
Saturday 2 July – The Brightside, Brisbane
Thursday 7 July – The Gal, Newcastle
Friday 8 July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Saturday 9 July – Uni Bar, Wollongong
Friday 15 July – Jive, Adelaide
Saturday 16 July – The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne
Saturday 23 July – The Sewing Room, Perth
Friday 29 July – Republic Bar, Hobart
‘Want’ is out now via Cooking Vinyl Australia
Available to stream HERE
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