Pohoda festival 2020 will feature the Mongolian band The HU.
They combine hard rock and traditional Mongolian music characterised by throat singing as well as exotic string and bowed string instruments. The videos for the songs “Yuve Yuve Yu” and “Wolf Totem” went viral immediately after their release and reached over 50 million views on YouTube in a short time, making the band famous. The band was subsequently praised by media such as The Guardian, NPR, GQ, The Independent, VICE and the German metal portal Metal.de, which gave their debut The Gereg a rating of 8/10.
The HU refer to their style as “Hunnu Rock,” since they draw inspiration from the older Mongolian empire or nation better known as The Huns in western cultures. They integrate old Mongolian war cries and poetry into their lyrics.
The group was founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar. The members Gala, Jaya, Temka and Enkush create a mix of rock and traditional music with instruments such as Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (guitar-like string instrument) and Tumur Khuur (jaw harp). Their specific sound is dominated by typical guttural throat singing built around the pillars of rock music such as distorted guitars and bombastic drums with aggressive rhythms.
Last year they played a sold out tour in Europe and performed at festivals such as Download and Rock in Park – In half a year you can see them at the Trenčín airport as well.