"We are the best live band in Australia..."
Sydney post-punk outfit Johnny Hunter are off to BIGSOUND this week, bringing their brand of glam-inspired “goth ABBA sleaze” to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley over the multi-day event. In the lead-up to their performance, we caught up with the band for a quick get-to-know Q&A.
“Johnny Hunter was the only band Stu and I signed through the thick of last year's lockdown, having only met the guys via Zoom,” Cooking Vinyl Australia Co-Managing Director Leigh Gruppetta said about signing the band in 2021.
“I feel that really speaks to the strength of their songs and, ultimately, their character as people. It's always a joy to work with a band with such clear artistic vision, and to now be a part of their wider team makes us incredibly excited for what the future holds.”
In August 2020, the band issued a studio diary behind their debut EP, Early Trauma, to The Music. They released their debut album, Want, in June 2022 and have rightly amassed a devoted cult following in Australia. You can find out more about Johnny Hunter in the below Q&A.
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