Critically celebrated Mongolian rock band THE HU will kick off their Black Thunder tour of Australia and New Zealand tonight! Proving their global appeal, The HU have sold out venues across the world in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, with scheduled festival appearances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Download Festival, and more, creating a community of fans from all walks of life. They quickly grabbed the attention of the industry, leading to collaborations with Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.
Their debut album, 2019 ‘s The Gereg, debuted at #1 on the World Album and Top New Artist Charts. With it, the band have accumulated over 250 million combined streams and video views to date and have received critical acclaim and even Sir Elton John himself. Readying their next chapter as a global force, The HU are putting the finishing touches on their highly anticipated sophomore album, Rumble Of Thunder, which is due for a global release later this year from Better Noise Music. The project will include a selection of tracks that were premiered live on the band’s critically acclaimed North American tour at the end of 2021. With the assistance of a translator Galbadrakh “Gala” Tsendbaatar and Temuulen “Temka” Naranbaatar talk to Hi Fi Way about the Australian tour.
How excited is the band to be starting their long awaited Australian tour?
We are very excited about coming back to Australia for the second time. On our last tour we stayed briefly for two months and have enjoyed experiencing Australia. This time around we are hoping to meet a lot of fans and can’t wait to meet them.
Are there a lot of great memories that stand out from the last tour?
When we were in Adelaide last time we were at a venue for fifteen hundred people and almost sold out and because of government rules with the pandemic not allowing more than seven hundred people in the venue we had to split the show and do it twice on one day. It was a very unique experience for us and we understood that because of the pandemic but at the same time a new experience for us.
Can you believe how much the world has change since the last tour here?
We can hope that things will be the same after the pandemic, it was a major thing that could happen to everyone in recent history. It gave everyone a chance to take a break and take a look at their own lives which we did during Covid. We had to take a break from the huge touring schedule because of Covid and focus on the second album. After the borders started opening we started touring and the one thing that didn’t change was the love and support we get from our fans. It seems as if they are even more excited seeing us. We are hoping to bring all our good energy to Australia and see our fans with huge excitement.
Sonically, how would you describe the second album?
Our first album was a great success all over the world including Australia. As for any artist we tried to make this album better than our first. That’s exactly what we tried to do and make it better than the first one. With that we have brought different types of hunnu rock in to the second, we included the different types of messages in to our lyrics of each song that could about the history of the Mongolians, with the universal message of having strength, love and peace. We are very excited about our second album and can’t wait to share it with our fans.
Were there significant influences that helped shape this album?
We tried to bring in positivity and our strength to endure the difficult times in the modern world. To give that strength to our music is one of our main goals as well as sharing the messages that are from our ancestors can be applied to life of modern society. There are a lot of messages we tried to give to the world.
Will Australia get to hear any new music on this tour?
Yes, absolutely! There will be new songs on this tour.
Did you look at doing collaborations on this album similar to what you did with Lzzy Hale from Halestorm and Jacoby Shaddix from Papa Roach?
We were trying to build in anticipation because we have worked with some legendary artists for the second album. There will be even more collaborations from all over the world with legendary artists.
How was it working with Lzzy and Jacoby?
Working with Jacoby was fun, he brings a lot of bright energy to the performance and he has an energetic way to contribute to the songs. He was amazing to work with and we are hoping to do more with him in the future. Lzzy has a terrific vocal range and the song Song Of Women is one of dearest songs and is very delicate. With Lzzy coming in and singing that it made it even more beautiful with the attributes she brings as an artist. She is very unique.
Do you have a favourite spot in Australia?
We are evenly excited to be visiting all over Australia on this tour. It has been two years since we have visited so we are very happy to be playing in all of the cities. Even though we are only performing a few dates we are hoping to increase that in the next year or so with our new album. Our run is short as we have a tour with Five Finger Death Punch later this month.
Interview By Rob Lyon
Catch The Hu on the following dates, tickets from Live Nation…