The HU Deliver Modern Rock with Ancient Mongolian Flavor

The HU - Photos by Ricardo Curiel
The HU - Photos by Ricardo Curiel

By HARRIET KAPLAN
Photos by RICARDO CURIEL

The HU, the rock band from Mongolia, puts an ancient but modern twist on rock, and recently delivered a high energy, sold-out show at The El Rey Theatre to wrap their tour.

Inside the El Rey, anticipation grew as HU followers were excitedly waiting to see their favorite band, the rockers from Mongolia. The crowd started to chant: “HU, HU, HU.”  Each “HU!” was met with a fist bump in the air. Even as the lights dimmed, the chanting continued on. The momentum was building as the audience kept the cadence going with each drum beat. 

Finally, the curtains opened revealing The HU. The band started to punch their fists in the air too, in unison with the crowd. From the chant, the group broke out into song. The music really hit home with people, and a Mongolian lady who was standing near the front of the stage started crying and outstretched her arms while the band played.

On tour, the band also gave audiences a first listen of new songs from their yet-to-be named album due out in 2022. This LP follows their 2019 album, The Gereg. 

The HU - Photo by Ricardo Curiel
The HU – Photo by Ricardo Curiel

The HU feature Galbadrakh “Gala” Tsendbaatar on morin khuur, throat singing; Nyamjantsan “Jaya” Galsanjamts on tumur hhuur, tsuur, throat singing; Enkhsaikhan “Enkush” Batjargal on morin khuur, throat singing and Temuulen “Temka” Naranbaatar on tovshuur, backing vocals.

The HU were founded in 2016. This modern rock group is rooted in the tradition of their homeland. The band’s name translates to the Mongolian root word for human being. Their distinctive approach meshes unique instruments like the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp) and throat singing.

The HU - all Photos Ricardo Curiel
The HU – all Photos Ricardo Curiel

The Haunt opened for The HU. Though audience members were there to see The HU, it was clear that most of the fans could easily become The Haunt fans. The group delivered a driving and passionate performance that couldn’t help but win the throng over. The Haunt is an American-pop/rock band from South Florida. 

Comprised of Anastasia Grace Haunt on lead vocals and Maxamillion Haunt on vocals and guitar, Nat Smallish on bass guitar, and Nick Lewert on drums, the players are already seasoned professionals. They’ve provided tour support for Payale Royale in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. 

The Haunt has two EPs: Their self-titled record, and the other is Social Intercourse. They’ve also got a number of singles including “Why Are You So Cold” and “Cigarettes and Feelings.”

The HU Set List 

Shoog shoog

Huhchu Zairan

The Gereg

Mother Nature

Mother Swan

Uchirtai Gurav

Shihi Hutu

Shireg Shireg

Bii Biyley

Yuve Yuve Yu

Wolf Totem

Tatar Warrior

Black Thunder

This Is the Mongol

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