This article is about about The Hu, a Mongolian band formed in 2016 (so named due to Hu being a root word for “human” in Mongolian) that plays a brand of music that’s exceedingly difficult to describe. There’s traditional Mongolian throat singing, traditional Mongolian instruments like the morin khuur, and some intense, haunting compositions that dabble in what can best be described, maybe, as “metal.”
Like this one, “Wolf Totem,” which has its own incredible music video:
As you might imagine with a look, style and sound this unique, The Hu rose to viral fame in 2018 with a series of music videos on YouTube, including the one above and also “Yuve Yuve Yu,” which storms straight into your brain and smashes your soul to bits as you bob your head contently:
I mean. What is this? It’s fascinating, isn’t it? Taking traditional Mongolian musical themes and elements as the backbone to something this fresh and original is what music is all about, and it’s great.
The Hu released a full-length album after some of the YouTube hype had taken charge, and The Gereg is a captivating listen from start to finish.
This is unlike anything else around right now — maybe ever — and in our over-saturated music world, where the next “big thing” comes at you fifteen times a day in one form or another, this one stands out from the pack.
Catch The Hu on the road in the coming weeks, as the ensemble is out on its first North American tour, but fear not — if you miss them this time around, it seems inevitable that they’ll be back sooner than you think.
NOV 6 WED Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, FL
NOV 7 THU The Orpheum Tampa, FL
NOV 10 SUN The Underground – Fillmore Charlotte Charlotte, NC
NOV 11 MON The Broadberry Richmond, VA
NOV 13 WED Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
NOV 17 SUN Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
NOV 18 MON Mr. Smalls Theatre Pittsburgh, PA
NOV 19 TUE Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
NOV 21 THU Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH
NOV 22 FRI Zanzabar Louisville, KY
NOV 23 SAT HI-FI Indy Indianapolis, IN
NOV 25 MON Wooly’s Des Moines, IA
NOV 26 TUE Waiting Room Lounge Omaha, NE
NOV 27 WED Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
NOV 30 SAT Holy Diver Sacramento, CA
DEC 1 SUN The Independent San Francisco, CA
DEC 2 MON The Ritz San Jose, CA
DEC 4 WED The Majestic Ventura Theater Ventura, CA
DEC 5 THU Observatory Santa Ana, CA
DEC 6 FRI The Glass House Pomona, CA
DEC 7 SAT Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV
DEC 9 MON The New Parish Oakland, CA
DEC 10 TUE Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA