North London-based band HUNCK have been firm favourites here at HIDDEN HERD HQ for a while now. The five-strong group have prolifically crafted infectious, groove-laden art pop since 2015 and brand new single ‘Little Woman’ is no different, with its jerky guitar hooks and nagging refrains. With their latest cut having been recently unleashed on REX Records, we caught up with mustachioed frontman Frederik Tyson-Brown to delve into the world of HUNCK.
‘Little Woman’ is infectious stuff. How did the song come about?
“As with a lot of our songs, they organically form out of a bit influence from everyone: Kieron, our drummer, writes a lot of tunes in his bedroom and sends them out to us, I put some words over the top of it and we start whittling it down into a song. I tend to write a lot about the power of being in love and how it can leave you mystified and in awe of the effect someone can have over you. It’s a curious feeling I suppose.”
How did HUNCK get together?
“We all met on Tinder. The dates were terrible, but we all still like each other as friends… we were all in bands in Bournemouth when we were teenagers, various bands at various times, but one by one we all migrated to London over the course of the last decade. We all sort of fell in to it a couple of years ago after Thomas and I started writing songs together.”
What inspired your name?
“We don’t tend to take ourselves very seriously, I think we just wanted to subvert the notion of being a ‘hunk’. Our music tends to be wistful, sometimes melancholic and generally of a nature not immediately associated with intense masculinity. Perhaps even a rejection of machismo and an embracing of the more important things in life and the world we live in. I just don’t have the time for the oafishness of mankind sometimes. So we added a ‘c’ and made it our own. Anyone can be a HUNCK if they like.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“I think it differs between each member of the band, which is sort of conducive to the way we work. So here’s some people that are influencing us individually at present:
Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“Robert Sotelo Group, Factory Seconds and When Young. These are all super bands we play with in London a fair bit. We recently played with The Lemon Twigs, Amber Arcades and Mystic Braves, who were all amazing bands and shows too.”
And finally, what does 2017 hold for HUNCK?
“The way the world is going who knows. But if we can bring a bit of pre-apocalypse joy to people in 2017, then I know I will be happy. I know we would all like to go and play more shows in Europe and enjoy our EU citizenship while it lasts too. We like making new friends, so I hope 2017 gives us the opportunity to keep on doing that.”