“Huck Hastings makes pop music with a purpose, he just knows how to dig down at those inner emotions and still create a toe tapping ear-worm at the same time” – FBI RADIO
“This Australian artist has a handle on words that I’ve come to envy, and while I’m not oft to immerse myself into idolatry, we’re coming close.” – INDIE HAPPY HOUR
Arriving with an appropriately ominous title ‘Anthem for the End of the World’ is the third release from Sydney melancholic strummer Huck Hastings and his forthcoming EP.
In a bid to make the apocalypse that bit more cinematic ‘Anthem for the End of the World’ explores the bushfire dystopia and questions of existence through delicate and honest lyrics. Paired with jangly guitar and a sombre bassline the track somehow seems both melancholic and uplifting. Of the track Hastings describes “I like the idea of it being kind of Apocalypse prom music.” Produced by Tim Carr (Matt Corby, Julia Stone) and featuring backing vocals from Ainsley Farrel the production is only the bed upon which Hastings shares candid musings through vulnerable lyrics that resonate further after every listen.
This knack for thoughtfully penning his observations and wrapping them in an infectious folk-pop tune echoes throughout his recent releases. Signalling his recent artistic growth ‘Hey Babe’ arrived in October 2019 alongside a Wes Anderson-esque clip and was swiftly added to rotation on FBi Radio and was named in their Independent Artist of the Week series. Follow up ‘Soft – An Epilogue’ enjoyed further airplay and was added to Woolworths radio.
Honing his direction in underground corners and brightly lit stages around Sydney, Huck Hastings has crafted out a distinctive sound in an crowded genre. Also fronting Sydney trio Hollow States, he’s opened for the likes of Olympia and graced the TedXYouth stage.
‘Anthem for the End of the World’