Hailing from across the Pennines in sleepy Hebden Bridge, Hudsun (formerly known as Sly Antics) have been on the fringe of the Manchester music scene for a few years now, and have become a familiar name on the festival circuit packed with emerging talent. Think Dot to Dot, Tramlines and Neighbourhood.
Having secured slots on Radio X, BBC Introducing plus an undeniable hype that Kendal Calling festival have described as ‘gorgeous racket’, I was very excited to hear their new track ‘Retrograde’, which is possibly their most solid single yet, cementing their new identity as a band.
Opening up with an explosion of pop-rock that sounds like it could definitely be on next year’s FIFA soundtrack, the track grabs you from the go and never really loses its grip. About half-way in, a groovy baseline and steady drumbeat kick in before the concrete chorus that frontman Sam Buckley-Hudson bellows out in the style of Sam Fender, or Imagine Dragons vocalist Dan Reynolds.
The lyrics, “I can’t relate, guess it’s okay, why can’t I seem to make you feel right” are infectious, anthemic almost as the track builds to a climactic close. It’s a real statement from HUDSUN, who have shedded the skin of Sly Antics to form a terrific sound.