Artist info

Genre

Rock, Roots


band members

Nan Hunt- Guitar/drums/vox, Jenny Aslett - Guitar, drums, vo


Influences

The Black Keys, The White Stripes, The Clash


Unearthed artists we like

Felicity Groom, Oh! You Pretty Things, The Growl, Gunns


Bio

Consult a dusty old dictionary and you'll be told that a Hootenanny is a "social gathering featuring folk singing and, sometimes, dancing." Consult anyone who's been to a Hootenanny show and you'll be told that it's a little more raucous than that. Not so much a social gathering as a demolition party; not so much folk singing as frenzied howls, growls, and hollers. The 'dancing' bit is right, but there's no 'sometimes' about it - it's a relentless flailing of fur-covered limbs, a stomping of boots and a thrashing of feather-adorned heads. Like any great adventure, the tale of Hootenanny began with two pals. One hot day in early 2010, Jennifer Aslett and Nanwyn Hunt were hanging out and happened to pick up a guitar and a pair of drum sticks. The result was a ferocious chemistry that no-one could have predicted: thundering garage rock beats, unforgiving fuzz riffs and explosive tag-team vocals delivering lyrics about owls, cats, chavs and robot rabbits. At the encouragement of Cameron Avery (of The Growl/Tame Impala), the pair's hyperactive ad libs took shape; soon after, a phone recording of these early jams reached local doyenne of dirty blues, Abbe May, who offered the duo a gig. Hootenanny had officially left the nest. The first show was a loving riot fuelled by adrenaline and booze - the latter taking its toll the following morning as they motored up Great Eastern Highway, bucket in tow, to record their debut EP at Begerk! Studios. 2 years later and Hootenanny remain untamed, but they've got a whole lot more feathers in their cap. The debut record became EP of the week in major street-press magazine The Drum Media, as well as local feature release on popular independent radio station RTRfm. They've performed relentlessly, delivering standout sets at major events like the Beaufort Street Festival and RTR's 'In The Pines' festival, going on national tour with Abbe May, and supporting the likes of The Vasco Era, Pond, The Growl and Mink Mussel Creek, and they show no signs of slowing down. With a truckful of charismatic swagger and unbridled talent amplified up to eleven, Hootenanny are not so much a band as a compact cannon of controlled chaos. They could teach most bands are thing or two; and they can teach us all that we should never trust a dictionary when instead we can turn to the time-honoured book of rock-and-badass-roll. New single "Elephant Woman" is out now on Unearthed and on the Youboob! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6xOCUFoODg

Review

Reviewed by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

22 May 2013

Triple J
40

This one's a very fun (and funny) cruncher of tune. Hootenanny's back.

This one's a very fun (and funny) cruncher of tune. Hootenanny's back.

Review

Reviewed by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

15 Dec 2011

Triple J
40

Yeah. I love the shit out of this.

Yeah. I love the shit out of this.