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Q&A with Johnny Hunter

How did you guys come together in the first place?

Kicking around and wasting time between Sydney and Wollongong. Nothing much of a cool origin story, we had all shared the stage in various projects and the personalities/direction all clicked, the rest is history.

Tell us about your new single ‘Cult Classic’. What is the story behind it? What inspired it?

The track is something of a commentary, just trying to represent the begrudging two cents worth a lot of people our age have with some of the nonsense that really shone out in 2017.

How would you describe your sound and how did you come to it?

At the moment, if you put on any of our tracks, it sounds like fresh but familiar punk with a bit of a poppier spin as the tracks play out. We came to it because being loud sounds best in punk, and pop makes the world go round.

I’m hearing a bit of Gold Class to a bit of Siouxsie and the Banshees to a bit of The Smiths in your music. Are there any bands that have been of particular influence to you guys? 

The Smiths and Siouxsie, yes. Gold Class, can definitely understand it, we’ll definitely have to spend more time checking them out. 

What can we expect from your upcoming show at The Tote?

We are driving all the way down from Sydney. Not something we would do unless we wanted to put on our Sunday best for a Saturday night. Get on down for it and if it’s anything short of your expectations, please humiliate us to our faces and send polite but angry emails to our team.

Is there any new music in the works that Johnny Hunter fans should be keeping an eye out for?

Definitely, yes, 100%. February is going to be fun.

Johnny Hunter will play The Tote (upstairs) on Saturday November 24. Their ‘1995’ / ‘Cult Classic’ 7” is out now on Break Even Recordings.