Mongolian folk rock pioneers, The HU, continue on their tour of North America prior to their departure for Europe. We were fortunate to catch them in Chicago for a heavy dose of "Hunnu rock" during their dates through the midwest. With the deployment of of traditional Mongolian instruments, Mongolian throat singing, and the chants of fans who roared "HU, HU, HU, HU!", the band led by Gala, Enkush, Jaya, and Temka delivered an incredible set of hits throughout the evening.
The HU was formed in 2016 and quickly gained popularity with their first two videos "Yuve Yuve Yu" and "Wolf Totem" (currently over 85 million and 60 million views, respectively). The band's name comes from the Mongolian root word for "human being" and the band also says to be inspired by "the Hunnu," an ancient Mongolian empire known to many outsiders as "The Huns". Some of the band's lyrics include old Mongolian war cries and poetry. Some of the traditional instruments used by The HU include the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp) coupled with throating singing, bass and drums. The HU's first album 'The Gereg' was released in late 2019 and they have had collaborations on songs with Ashes To New, Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach), and Lzzy Hale (Halestorm).
Below are photos from The HU's performance at Chicago's Park West. Click for a bigger slideshow and keep scrolling for info and photos on their powerful supporting band on the North American leg of this tour - "The Haunt"!
No show is complete without a great supporting act and on this leg of their North American tour The HU has chosen The Haunt. Led by Anastasia Grace and Macimillion Jaunt, this band's energy on stage stands to be unmatched. Anastasia delivers powerful vocals with every fiber in her body. Songs like 'All Went Black' and "Why Are You So Called?" have garnered them tens of thousands of views and touch on passionate and emotional topics like abandonment and bullying. With these topics gathering more much-needed attention in recent years, it is no wonder so many young persons in their audience can relate.
Below are photos from The Haunt's performance opening for The HU at Chicago's Park West. Click for a bigger slideshow and make sure to visit these incredible rising stars on their links and socials.
All photos by Jean Marc Lavoie / IG: @jean.marc.lavoie