Interview & Article by Jenna Williams ‘The Scream Queen’
Th HU are a Hunnu Rock band from Mongolia! They formed in 2016 and have released one album so far, their September 2019 release of The Gereg, which features nine tracks, including the singles Yuve Yuve Yu, Wolf Totem, The Great Chinggis Khaan, and more. They are set to release their follow up album later in the year!
Their band consists of nine members when they are performing live. The lineup consists of four main members. Gala Tsendbaatar, who plays the morin khuur, which is a two string horsehead fiddle. Throat vocalist Jaya Galsanjamts, who plays the tsuur, an end blown flute, and the tumur hhuur, known as a jaw harp. Throat vocalist Enkush Batjargal also plays the morin khuur. Temka Narabaatar plays the tovshuur, a three string wooden lute.
While on tour, they also have guitarist and backing vocalist, Jamba Ayush, percussionist and tumur hhuur player, Ono Maralkhuu, drummer Odko Gantumur, and bassist and backing vocalist, Davaa Byambaa.
Fan Facts: They released a Deluxe Version of The Gereg in 2020 featuring collaborations with Lzzy Hale, Jacoby Shaddix, and Danny Case.
Their song Sugaan Essena also known as “Black Thunder” was featured in the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
The HU released a new song, This Is Mongol which will be featured on their upcoming album. The song is also featured in the upcoming Horror film, The Retaliators featuring Katie Kelly, Joseph Gatt, Michael Lombardi, Marc Menchaca, Tommy Lee, Ivan Moody, Zoltan Bathory, Chris Kael, and even The HU’s own, Jaya, who makes an appearance as “Man In The Box“. The film is set to hit theatres worldwide on September 14th, 2022!
On May 2nd, we interviewed Enkush [left in the video] and Gala from The HU while they were in Fargo, ND for the special Jade Presents concert at The Sanctuary Events Center on their Black Thunder tour with The Haunt, who we also interviewed – check it out here!
In our interview Gala and Enkush discuss the Spirituality within The HU’s Music, their next album which is set to release later this year, as well as their favorite Pantera and Metallica songs, including their cover of Sad But True, which was released in 2020. Their producer, Dashka translated the lyrics into their own language. It is something they talk about in the interview!
They also discuss more about Dashka’s role in the band. He’s worked on The HU for nearly a decade and writes the lyrics of their songs. He is the person behind connecting Western and Mongolian Traditional Music.
Fan Fact: The HU released another Metallica cover for the Blacklist album, an album comprising of over 50 songs by all different Artists from throughout the world covering songs from Metallica’s Black Album.
Gala and Enkush also talk about their favorite concert experiences, one being the Danny Wimmer Presents Louder Than Life Festival that’s held in Louisville, Kentucky each year, and another favorite being Rock Am Ring Festival, held in Nuremberg, Germany every Summer!
They discussed how their Music has a lot of positive energy, and letting people know that Love and Mother Nature are really important to them as the messages they want to get across to their fans. They also say it’s their job to let people know about their Mongolian history and culture! Gala talked about how he enjoys listening to Mongolian Long Songs to help his mood.
The Rock recently posted a video on his Instagram page using The Hu’s song Wolf Totem and promoting his new film, Black Adam which hits theatres on October 21st! The film also features Sarah Shahi, Uli Latukefu, Quintessa Swindell, Pierce Brosnan, Natalie Burn, Joseph Gatt, who is also is one of the main characters in The Retaliators, and many more!
Fan Facts: Wolf Totem is their second single off of The Gereg. They also released a version of the song with Jacoby Shaddix from Papa Roach which is also featured as one of the tracks heard in The Retaliators! Check out that version above!
While you’re here, check out the official trailer for Black Adam below!
Check out some of the photos from their performance in Fargo below that Daeve Combs took, who also filmed the interview! 🙂
You can catch The HU on tour all over the world with the upcoming tour dates below!
Fri, July 29th — Fuji Rock Festival — Yuzawa, Niigata, Japan — BUY TICKETS
Weds, Aug 3rd — 170 Russell — Melbourne, Australia — BUY TICKETS
Fri, Aug 5th — Eatons Hill Hotel — Brendale, Australia — BUY TICKETS
Sat, Aug 6th — Hindley Street Music Hall — Adelaide, AUS — BUY TICKETS
Sun, Aug 7th — Roundhouse — Kensington, AUS — BUY TICKETS
With Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth, Fire From The Gods
Fri, Aug 19th — RV Inn Style Resorts — Ridgefield, WA — BUY TICKETS
Sat, Aug 20th — White River Ampitheatre — Auburn, WA — BUY TICKETS
Mon, Aug 22nd — Catalyst — Santa Cruz, CA — BUY TICKETS *
Tue, Aug 23rd — Shoreline Ampitheatre — Mountain View, CA — BUY TICKETS
Weds, Aug 24th — FivePoint Amphitheatre — Irvine, CA — BUY TICKETS
Fri, Aug 26th — AK Chin Pavilion — Phoenix, AZ — BUY TICKETS
Sat, Aug 27th — Isleta Amphitheatre — Albuquerque, NM — BUY TICKETS
Sun, Aug 28th — Lowbrow Palace — El Paso, TX — BUY TICKETS *
Tue, Aug 30th — Dos Equis Pavilion — Dallas, TX — BUY TICKETS
Thur, Sept 1st — Germania Amphitheatre — Austin, TX — BUY TICKETS
Fri, Sept 2nd — Cynthia Woods — The Woodlands, TX — BUY TIKETS
Tues, Sept 6th — PNC Music Pavilion — Charlotte, NC — BUY TICKETS
Weds, Sept 7th — Walnut Creek — Raleigh, NC — BUY TICKETS
Fri, Sept 9th — Veterans Amphitheatre — Virginia Beach, VA — BUY TICKETS
Sat, Sept 10th — Jiffy Lube Live — Bristow, VA — BUY TICKETS
Mon, Sept 12th — Jones Beach Theatre — Wantagh, NY — BUY TICKETS
Weds, Sept 14th — PNC Bank Arts Center — Holmdel, NJ — BUY TICKETS
Thur, Sept 15th — Freedom Mortgage Pavilion — Camden, NJ — BUY TICKETS
Sat, Sept 17th — Maine Savings Amphitheatre — Bangor, ME — BUY TICKETS
Sun, Sept 18th — Xfinity Center — Mansfield, MA — BUY TICKETS
Tues, Sept 20th — St. Joeseph’s Amphitheatre — Syracuse, NY — BUY TICKETS
Weds, Sept 21st — Pavilion at Star Lake — Burgettstown, PA — BUY TICKETS
Sat, Sept 24th — Hersheypark Stadium — Hershey, PA — BUY TICKETS
Weds, Sept 28th — Riverbend Music Center — Cincinnati, OH — BUY TICKETS
Fri, Sept 30th — Hollywood Casino — Tinley Park, IL — BUY TICKETS
Sat, Oct 1st — Ruoff Music Center — Noblesville, IN — BUY TICKETS
Sun, Oct 2nd — The Signal — Chattanooga, TN — BUY TICKETS *
Tues, Oct 4th — Blossom Music Center — Cuyahoga Falls, OH — BUY TICKETS
Weds, Oct 5th — Pine Knob Music Theatre — Clarkson, MI — BUY TICKETS
Fri, Oct 7th — Summerfest — Milwaukee, WI — BUY TICKETS
Sat, Oct 8th — Hollywood Casino — Maryland Heights, MO — BUY TICKETS
Mon, Oct 10th — Ameris Bank Amphitheatre — Alpharetta, GA — BUY TICKETS
Weds, Oct 12th — Walmart AMP — Rogers, AR — BUY TICKETS
Fri, Oct 14th — Ball Arena — Denver, CO — BUY TICKETS
Sat, Oct 15th — USANA Amphitheatre — West Valley City, UT — BUY TICKETS
* with Fire From The Gods only