The Hu (stylized as The HU) is a Mongolian folk rock band formed in 2016.[1] With traditional Mongolian instrumentation, including the Morin khuur, Tovshuur and Mongolian throat singing,[2][3] the band calls their style of music "hunnu rock", hu inspired by the Hunnu, an ancient Turkic/Mongol empire, known as Xiongnu in western culture. Some of the band's lyrics include old Mongolian war cries and poetry.[4][5]

The Hu
The Hu performing at Rock im Park 2019
The Hu performing at Rock im Park 2019
Background information
OriginUlaanbaatar, Mongolia[1]
GenresMongolian folk, heavy metal
Years active2016–present[1]
Labels
Associated acts
Websitethehuofficial.com
MembersGala
Jaya
Enkush
Temka

HistoryEdit

Two videos on YouTube released in late 2018, "Yuve Yuve Yu - 28 September" and "Wolf Totem - 16 November", had together garnered over 100 million views by February 2021. On 11 April 2019, "Wolf Totem" reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hard Rock Digital Song Sales, making The Hu the first Mongolian musical act to top a Billboard chart. In addition, "Yuve Yuve Yu" reached No. 7 on the same chart while "Wolf Totem" debuted at No. 22 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart.[1]

On 17 May 2019, The Hu met Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga, who congratulated the band for their accomplishments in promoting the country.[6]

On 6 June 2019, the band released the lyric video for their third single "Shoog Shoog".[7] In June and July 2019, they performed twenty-three concerts in twelve European countries. The band released the music video for their fourth single "The Great Chinggis Khaan" on 23 August 2019.[8]

The Hu released its first album on 13 September 2019. The album's title is The Gereg,[9] which is the term used for a diplomatic passport from the time of Genghis Khan. The Gereg was internationally released under Eleven Seven Records.[10] The band embarked on their first North American tour from September 2019 through December 2019. On October 4, the band released a new version of "Yuve Yuve Yu", featuring new vocals by Danny Case of From Ashes to New.[11] In November, their song "Black Thunder"/"Sugaan Essena" was featured in the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.[12] On 13 December, the band released a remix of "Wolf Totem", featuring Papa Roach lead vocalist Jacoby Shaddix.[13] This version will be featured in the upcoming horror film The Retaliators.[14] On 1 May 2020, a remix of "Song of Women" featuring Lzzy Hale of Halestorm was released online.[15]

On 27 November 2019, The Hu were awarded the highest state award for Mongolia, the Order of Genghis Khan, for promoting Mongolian culture around the world.[16]

On 28 June 2020, The Hu uploaded their COVID-19 relief effort fundraising concert on YouTube. In an interview before the concert, the band stated they plan to release their second album in 2021.[17] On 3 December, the band released a cover version of Metallica's "Sad but True".[18]

PersonnelEdit

MembersEdit

  • Galbadrakh Tsendbaatar aka "Gala" – morin khuur, throat singing (2016–present)[19]
  • Nyamjantsan Galsanjamts aka "Jaya" – tumur hhuur, tsuur, throat singing (2016–present)
  • Enkhsaikhan Batjargal aka "Enkush" – morin khuur, throat singing (2016–present)
  • Temuulen Naranbaatar aka "Temka" – tovshuur, backing vocals (2016–present)

Touring membersEdit

  • Jambaldorj Ayush aka "Jamba" – guitars, backing vocals (2019–present)
  • Nyamdavaa Byambaa aka "Davaa" – bass, backing vocals (2020–present)
  • Unumunkh Maralkhuu aka "Ono" – percussion, tumur khuur, backing vocals (2019–present)
  • Odbayar Gantumur aka "Odko" – drums (2019–present)

Former touring membersEdit

  • Batkhuu Batbayar aka "Batkhuu" – bass, backing vocals (touring) (2019–2020)

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions
AUS
[20]
AUT
[21]
BEL
(FL)

[22]
CAN
[23]
FIN
[24]
FRA
[25]
GER
[26]
SWI
[27]
UK
[28]
US
[29]
The Gereg 11 25 38 73 32 99 24 14 21 103

SinglesEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
CAN
Rock
[30]
US
Main.

[31]
US
Rock

[32][33]
US
Rock
Dig.
[34]
US
World

[35]
"Yuve Yuve Yu"
(solo or with From Ashes to New)
2018 49 4 35 7 2 The Gereg
"Wolf Totem"
(solo or with Jacoby Shaddix)
34 5 22 1 1
"Shoog Shoog" 2019 24
"The Great Chinggis Khaan"
"Song of Women"
(solo or with Lzzy Hale)
2020
"Sad but True" Non-album single

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "The Hu, a New Breakthrough Band from Mongolia, Plays Heavy Metal with Traditional Folk Instruments and Throat Singing". OpenCulture.com. 2019-01-09. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  3. ^ "'The HU,' a Mongolian Heavy Metal Band, Will Make You Want to Shred Something". The Inertia. 2019-01-10. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  4. ^ Cengel, Katya (2019-01-05). "How A Mongolian Heavy Metal Band Got Millions Of YouTube Views". NPR. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  5. ^ Ortiga, Kara (2019-05-28). "This Insanely Popular Mongolian Metal Band Makes Music Using Traditional Instruments". Vice Media. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  6. ^ "Meeting with The Hu Band". Office of the President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga. 17 May 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  7. ^ Lewry, Fraser (2019-06-06). "Mongolian sensations The HU launch video for Shoog Shoog". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  8. ^ Lewry, Fraser (2019-08-21). "The Hu launch trailer for new single The Great Chingiss Khan, out Friday". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  9. ^ "The Hu Announce Debut Album, "The Gereg"". Heavy. 2019-06-12. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  10. ^ "Mongolian rock group The Hu announce debut album". Music-News.com. 2019-06-03. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  11. ^ Lewry, Fraser (2019-10-04). "The Hu release new version of Yuve Yuve Yu with English vocal from Danny Case". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  12. ^ Mercante, Alyssa (2019-11-19). "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order just made a Mongolian rock band canon". GamesRadar+. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  13. ^ "Watch Mongolian Folk/Metal Band the Hu's New Video for 'Wolf Totem,' Featuring Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix". Rock Cellar. 2019-12-13. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  14. ^ Redrup, Zach (2019-12-14). "NEWS: The HU partner with Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) on 'Wolf Totem'!". Deadpress. Retrieved 2020-04-10.
  15. ^ "The HU Joins Forces with Halestorm's Lzzy Hale for "Song Of Women"". Music Mayhem. 2020-05-01. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  16. ^ "The Chinggis Khaan Order Conferred on The HU Band". Office of the President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga. 2019-11-27. Retrieved 2019-12-31.
  17. ^ The Hu (2020-06-28). The HU - COVID-19 Relief Effort Fundraising Concert. YouTube. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  18. ^ "Hear Mongolian Folk-Metal Act The HU Cover Metallica's "Sad But True"". RevolverMag.
  19. ^ "The HU". Spotify. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
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  21. ^ "Discographie The Hu". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  22. ^ "Discografie The Hu". ultratop.be. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  23. ^ "The Hu Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  24. ^ "The Hu – Suomen virallinen lista". IFPI. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  25. ^ "Discographie The Hu". lescharts.com. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  26. ^ Peaks in Germany:
  27. ^ "Discographie The Hu". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  28. ^ "HU - full Official Chart History". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  29. ^ "The Hu Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  30. ^ "The Hu Chart History: Canada Rock". Billboard. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  31. ^ "The Hu Chart History: Mainstream Rock". Billboard. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  32. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: February 14, 2020". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  33. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: January 25, 2020". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  34. ^ "Hard Rock Digital Song Sales: April 20, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  35. ^ "The Hu Chart History: World Digital Song Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  36. ^ "Canadian single certifications – The Hu – Wolf Totem". Music Canada. Retrieved March 31, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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