The HU | Texas Review | Ralph Arvesen
The HU performing during the Psycho Thunder Tour at the Tech Port Center in San Antonio, Texas on August 30, 2023, with Gala, Jaya, Enkush, and Temka. (Photo: Ralph Arvesen)

In 2019, an NPR story put a spotlight on “a band from Mongolia that blends the screaming guitars of heavy metal and traditional Mongolian guttural singing,” accurately highlighting the cultural importance and unique musical identity of The HU.

Founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, The HU, comprised of producer Dashka along with members Gala, Jaya, Temka, and Enkush, are a modern rock group rooted in the tradition of their homeland. The band’s name translates to the Mongolian root word for human being, and their unique approach blends instruments like the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp) and throat singing with contemporary sounds, creating a unique sonic profile that they call “Hunnu Rock.”

Their debut album, 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 from the likes of Billboard, NPR, GQ, The Guardian, The Independent, Revolver, and even Sir Elton John himself.

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. And most recently, the band received praise from fans and critics for their Mongolian rendition of Metallica’s “Sad But True,” which Metallica themselves acknowledged on their social media accounts, seemingly giving the band their official seal of approval. The band has also explored eclectic ways to reach audiences with their sound, most notably writing and recording music for EA Games’ Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Fan reviews:

Greatest concert ever! They’re phenomenal! The best concert I’ve ever been to! Can’t wait to see them again soon!

These guys have an amazing and unique sound. Combine that with excellent showmanship and you get an experience you won't soon forget.

The Hu were absolutely incredible tonight! They have amazing energy and just rule the stage. They sound so incredible, 10/10!

It was an amazing show! The guys played amazingly! They sounded so good live that you would have thought it was recorded! The energy was amazing and they rocked the house down!

It was an awesome metal experience from an amazing band. The Hu makes such good music, and listening to it at the venue in-person just accentuates the awesomeness of their Mongolian metal.

Outstanding! Words cannot describe the experience watching this band play. If you're interested in seeing them don't even think about it. Just do it.

Because music from The Hu is not over produced, it translated very well to a live performance, especially with the use of an 8 piece band. .

Awesome! I love The Hu and brought my daughter with me so she could experience this as well. She also is now a fan. They are an amazingly talented group of musicians and the sounds they produce with their voices and other instruments are stunning. I noticed a good number of elderly people in the audience and children, too. They clearly have a wide range of appeal.

An incredible show! The HU puts on a truly fantastic show. Their set was a varied mix of favorites from their first album and new songs. And the band themselves are all so fun to watch and rock out with!
The HU shared the stage with Asking Alexandria and Zero 9:36 at the Tech Port Center. They continue across the United States with the last stop at the The Wiltern in Los Angeles, California on October 8, 2023.

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