Man does 2018 feel like an eternity ago. That's when The Hunna released their sophomore album Dare. It was pretty good, but 100, the band's debut, seems to have more staying power. Now, the band just dropped their third album I'd Rather Die Than Let You In and it's somewhere between those two albums in both quality and vibe.
First, there's a lot of great music here. If you've been following the band for the past 5 years or so, then you know what they're capable of. Ryan Potter's vocals remain a key cog and he doesn't just front the band with charisma, he does it with a certain amount of personality. It’s like a method/chameleon actor from role to role. Potter does that from song to song. Likewise, the guitars remain a huge part of the band. Potter, guitarist Dan Dorney and bassist Junate Angin do a great job across the record. The difference here? While there's still plenty of guitar, there's plenty of other usage here too. The band flirts with New Wave on plenty of these songs but they tend to gravitate towards the darker side of that spectrum by using their own personal brand of hooks. Those songs aren't bad on this record, but the old school version of The Hunna remains the best one. Drums, bass, guitars and Potters badass vocal are more than enough to keep the people who follow the band content.
The Hunna's third album isn't as good as 100 but it's slightly better than Dare. There's a lot more variety on this record than we've heard from the band on previous records but there's also not quite as much edge. Not quite the rush you'd expect when listening to this band, but still a quality release.