I knew my night was going to be incredible when I saw Jason Yarger, HUNNY’s lead singer, taking a drag of his cigarette out back while I walked over the bridge that took us into Kenny’s Alley, the creepy, new location of the Masquerade. I was with the lovely Delanee Wilson, a fellow staff member, and we were both starstruck by Jason, who was wearing a long, dark coat and a bright yellow tee shirt.
When we first got into the venue, there were maybe 50 people there. We quickly found an open spot and admired our view of the stage. There was no barricade and the pit was as comfortable as a pit could be.
Although the first part of our night was spent at the Purgatory, the Masquerade’s smallest room, the next part was at Hell, the sold out 600 capacity venue where Remo Drive was opening for Sorority Noise. We decided to skip HUNNY’s openers to see Remo Drive. Click here to read Delanee’s recap and review of our experience there!
After our time in Hell, the Masquerade’s medium sized room, we came back to Purgatory, where we saw Erik and Stephen Paulson, brothers, and vocals and bass (respectively) for Remo Drive. We had a conversation with them about a potential headlining tour (lookout for announcements this fall!) and Low Yo Yo Stuff, an iconic record store in Athens, GA, before heading back to the pit. If you ever go to a Remo Drive concert, make sure to say hi! They are the sweetest guys.
Then, HUNNY came on. They put on such an incredible performance, but they only played for 30-ish minutes. The crowd was super enthusiastic, but not too pushy or crazy. The setlist covered their most popular songs, and they even played two new, untitled songs for us! The boys were extremely interactive with the crowd, especially Jason. At the end of the show, he hopped into the pit and finished ‘Televised’ surrounded by fans.
After the show, HUNNY stayed and hung out with fans. We talked to Jake Goldstein (guitar) and Jason for a while and found out we have some mutual friends and even some mutual favorite bands! They’re super down to earth and radiated such a warm, positive energy that doubtlessly enhanced my mood and my love of their music.
After we gushed about how happy we were to have seen and met two of our favorite bands, we walked out of the venue doors and into the cold, pouring rain. The HUNNY concert had to be one of my favorite shows I’ve been to. If you’re ever have the chance to see them, take it!