Today, Los Angeles based pop-rock band Hunny released the ‘Homesick’ Deluxe EP – an extended version of their upbeat, wistful 2022 project, out now.
Produced by Carlos De La Garza (Paramore, The Linda Lindas, Best Coast) the expanded EP features four additional tracks including lead single “JFK” which pairs melodramatic lyrics and borderline emo sentiment and a reimagined dream-pop version of the title track “Homesick” remixed by Los Angeles indie-pop duo slenderbodies (Max Vehuni and Benji Cormack).
Over the course of the pandemic, the four members of Hunny collectively made nearly 100 demos that turned into the cohesive compilation of the Homesick EP. The title track came to be as guitarist Jake Goldstein was literally at home sick when he wrote the original demo during quarantine. With the word itself being polysemantic, the band finds that the song can take on a few different meanings. Jason Yarger recalls,
“It started as this cheeky little tune but when we started fleshing it out as a real track it started to morph into a bit more.” He explains, “It turned partly into some sort of love letter to touring and how much we’d missed it after nearly two years of not being on the road.” That sentiment is wrapped in a lot of insecurities they were feeling about the future of the band – and in turn their lives – due to the pandemic. The frontman continues, “I personally felt like I was going backward – not touring and working a day job. I wanted my life back. I was homesick.”
The band sought to explore new sounds after briefly straying from their punk beginnings in favor of ’80s new wave and ’90s pop influences on their 2021 album.
“We’re trying to get to the root of the music we want to make at this point,” they said. With a fresh direction, the new EP finds them attempting to reconcile those differences with swirling guitar riffs, catchy pop melodies, and sugary synths. ‘Homesick’ propels HUNNY one step closer to its newfound sound.
HUNNY is currently on tour this fall supporting State Champs, ending December 10 in Albany, NY. Tickets for all dates are available here.
HUNNY Tour Dates:
11.18.22 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
11.19.22 St. Louis, MO Red Flag
11.20.22 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
11.22.22 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
11.23.22 Salt Lake City, UT The Union Event Center
11.25.22 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues Anaheim
11.26.22 San Diego, CA House Of Blue San Diego
11.27.22 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
11.29.22 Austin, TX Empire Garage LLC
11.30.22 Dallas, TX South Side Music Hall
12.02.22 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
12.03.22 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
12.04.22 Nashville, TN East Side Bowl
12.06.22 Richmond, VA The National
12.07.22 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
12.09.22 Boston, MA Roadrunner
12.10.22 Albany, NY Empire Live
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