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Last night, Johnny Hunter took to the stage at Sydney's Oxford Art Factory, bringing their eclectic and engaging live show back to standing audiences! After a year of socially distanced performances, the four-piece treated fans to new music, having just wrapped up recording their debut album.

Playing through tracks off their debut EP Early Trauma, Johnny Hunter mesmerised the audience with their vivid lyricism and layered rich tones. Diving deep into emotive territory, their set flirts with darker sonic tones, with frontman Nick Hutt's hypnotic vocals taking centre stage above post-punk production. Guitarist Xander Burgess gave a riotous performance as always, with each band member having their moment to shine throughout the set, whilst also showcasing their tight unity as a band.

Comparable to David Bowie and even moments from Rocky Horror, their effortless performance is a revitalised take on the glamour of 70’s and 80’s punk rock, with a darker performative twist. There is a wholeness to Hutt’s vocals, commanding the audiences attention from his first note to his last, with his stage presence reminiscent of Freddie Mercury at times.

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