Today, acclaimed Mongolian rock band The HU released a new single called ‘This Is Mongol‘ ahead of their second official studio album set for release later this summer via Better Noise Music. With ‘This Is Mongol‘, as with all of their music, The HU connects the world to Mongolian culture and its unique core values of natural preservation and spiritual connection with the earth. These core values are on full display in the new, epic official video for ‘This Is Mongol‘, also released today. The deeply meaningful lyrics uplift the Mongol people, as the band wishes for prosperity and peace among all. Previously debuting at #1 on the World Album and Top New Artist charts with their 2019 debut album ‘The Gereg‘, the band is excited to start dropping new music for fans. Currently on their Black Thunder Tour this spring, The HU also recently played at Coachella, earning an array of critical acclaim. They will also join Five Finger Death Punch and Megadeath on tour later this summer. Full list of dates below.
Speaking about the video, singer and tumur hhuur player Jaya said, “We shot in the Mojave Desert, Nevada and the environment reminded us of Gobi Desert in Mongolia. We enjoyed shooting the video, which happened during our tour and gave us a little break to reminisce about home. The song perfectly matched the environment we made the video in. It was one of the best memories we created as a band and it was special because our producer Dashka was with us to oversee the whole process.”
Enkush, who also sings and plays the morin khuur, shared his thoughts on their tour dates with Five Finger Death Punch and Megadeath, “We grew up listening to Megadeath and can’t express how much they have inspired and motivated us to do what we love every day, so you can only imagine our excitement for our next tour with them. Everybody knows Megadeath is one of the four biggest trailblazers in thrash metal and to be performing with a modern band such as FFDP is truly going to be legendary. Although it will be our first time performing with them, we will bring our A-game on this tour.”
Thrilled to be sharing more of their Mongolian roots, producer Dashka said, “Creating this song meant so much to me. We are announcing our arrival through music and specifically through this song. In these uncertain times, I hope we are bringing positivity, empowerment and strength to fight for better days.”
In celebration of their new single and upcoming album, The HU also released an official music video directed by John Connor Hammond. The visual is set in the Mojave Desert and showcases the band energetically performing their inspiring new single ‘This Is Mongol‘.
Stream ‘This Is Mongol‘: here
Over the last several months, the band has been recording new material in their homeland of Mongolia and shared an update from the studio with fans on their YouTube channel here. While on their current headlining tour, the band has been teasing the new music from their much-awaited sophomore album, out late this summer. The tour continues tonight, May 13, in Portland, ME and will see the band journey across the southern U.S. throughout May 29 landing in Dallas, TX before ending in Mexico City, MX on May 31. For more information on The Black Thunder Tour, visit https://www.thehuofficial.com/tour-1.
On the morin khuur and serving as a vocalist, Gala talked about their recording process, “Our second album was recorded during Covid lockdown, where we used the time to put our best effort and astounding amount of energy to focus on the work. Therefore, it is our hope to present our listeners with unique songs that have their own characteristics.”
Temka, who plays the tovshurr and sings background vocals, also spoke about their upcoming album, “The new album has great quality, composition, melody and overall it is sensational. The lyrics that Dashka wrote consist of our traditional values, virtues and wisdom of our ancestors. Our fans can expect to hear and feel the messages we try to deliver through our songs, such as love and respect for parental love, the importance of sustainability and cultural heritage. We can’t wait for our fans to listen and enjoy our second album and are excited to be performing for fans whom we have yet to meet. We will see you very soon and send our regards to our fans all over the world!”
Soon after, The HU will continue their trek across North America, as they head out on tour with Megadeath, Five Finger Death Punch, and Fire From The Gods. The tour, presented by Live Nation, will kick off in Portland, Oregon on August 19th and span over 30 dates, closing out on October 15 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Concertgoers are promised an intense multi-faceted night of heavy rock music. Tickets are on sale now here.
Most recently, the band headlined a tour last fall through North America after joining Halestorm’s headlining tour, reuniting with frontwoman Lzzy Hale, their special guest on ‘Song of Women‘ from their #1-charting debut album ‘Gereg‘. In addition to those tours, The HU also performed a slew of high-profile festival dates including Austin City Limits, Outside Lands, Rocklahoma, Inkcarceration and more. Those dates coincided with The HU’s appearance on Metallica’s Special 30th Anniversary ‘Black Album’ Reissue Covers Project, for which they covered the legendary band’s ‘Through the Never’. They appeared on the track listing alongside some of the biggest names in music – Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Yo-Yo Ma, St. Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers, J Balvin with the Neptunes, Weezer, and many more – who offered their own renditions of Metallica’s songs that originally appeared on the iconic LP.
The band is excited to share more news on new music and further touring in the coming weeks on their social media channels and encourage everyone to give them a follow so they don’t miss out on anything: Website, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok.
The HU Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 13 – Portland, ME – State Theater
May 14 – Albany, NY – Empire Live
May 16 – Washington, DC – Warner Theater
May 17 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
May 19 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
May 20 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
May 21 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
May 22 – Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome to Rockville
May 25 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
May 26 – Little Rock, AR – Little Rock Music Hall
May 27 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theater
May 28 – The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (Buzzfest)
May 29 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
May 31 – Mexico City, MEX – Lunario
Aug 19 – Portland, OR – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
Aug 20 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater
Aug 23 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater
Aug 24 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheater
Aug 26 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Aug 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Aug 30 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
Sep 1 – Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
Sep 2 – Houston, TX –The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Sep 6 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Sep 7 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sep 9 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Sep 10 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Sep 12 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sep 14 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Sep 15 – Camden, NJ – Waterfront Music Pavilion
Sep 17 – Bangor, ME – Maine Savings Amphitheater
Sep 18 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Sep 20 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
Sep 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake**
Sep 23 – Scranton, PA – Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sep 24 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
Sep 27 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater**
Sep 28 –Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Sep 30 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Oct 1 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
Oct 4 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Oct 5 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
Oct 7 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater – Summerfest Grounds
Oct 8 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Oct 10 – Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Oct 12 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Oct 14 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Oct 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater
**5FDP, The HU, and Fire From The Gods only
See full list of the band’s upcoming live shows and ticket information at https://www.thehuofficial.com/tour-1.
Formed in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, The Hu achieved global recognition with powerful videos that have amassed over 113 million views to date. ‘Wolf Totem’, ‘Yuve Yuve Yu‘ and ‘‘The Great Chingiss Khan‘ showcase the band’s one-of-a-kind style of ‘hunnu rock’ – a combination of Western heavy rock played with traditional Mongolian instrumentation such as the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp) and guttural throat singing in their native language.
The band has achieved wide critical acclaim and appeared on many 2019 year-end best-of lists. In the US Loudwire listed ‘The Gereg‘ among its Top Albums of 2019 and Revolver Magazine listed the band’s video ‘Great Chinggis Khaan‘ among the year’s Top 10. In the UK, ‘The Gereg‘ placed among Top Albums of 2019 in Classic Rock and Metal Hammer magazines.
The band is excited to share more news on new music and further touring in the coming weeks on their social media channels and encourage everyone to give them a follow so they don’t miss out on anything: