Johnny Hunter. It’s a name that seems like it’s been around for a while. Perhaps a lone enigma, scraped off the floor of Australian pub rock’s hazy past? Someone your parents used to see in the 80s, supporting The Birthday Party at venues where apartment blocks now stand. But Johnny Hunter is a product of the present. The performative identity of five Sydney friends, the band emerges as a reactive response to a time where closing and empty venues signify a city in the midst of a creative cultural crisis.
As offspring of the baby-boomer generation – it’s only natural that the grit & bravado of a golden era settles into the band’s foundations.Yet make no mistake, Johnny Hunter are no revival band. Glam-pop theatrics are delivered with a metallic, post-punk sheen and an unwavering gaze – taking the all-consuming, rock n roll charm of The New York Dolls, Siouxsie And The Banshees and Iggy Pop, and meshing them with The Church and Wire‘s songwriting grace. Unapologetically, the band casts one eye firmly toward luminaries of pop’s past and present for inspiration – citing pivotal influences from Bowie to Lorde
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