By: Sam Kayuha
Miller and the Hunks’ And Jeff, Pt. 1 was one of the best records to come out of Columbus in 2017. With the swaggering, synth-driven “Gravity” as its centerpiece, the record dipped its toes in a wide range of genres, from hard rock to folk, always veering in some unexpected direction. It made for an exciting and, in the best way possible, chaotic listen.
At the time that Pt. 1 dropped in October, its sequel was already slated for a winter release. More than a dozen tracks had been recorded in Nashville with Columbus expat Jack Campitelli; the darker, more emotive songs fit the fall season, while the poppier and danceable tunes were held until today’s lovey-dovey holiday.
Frontman Colin Miller said the band had always planned to release Pt. 2 on Valentine’s Day, the holiday perhaps most antithetical to Halloween.
“Love is in the air, or whatever,” Miller said.
Miller and the Hunks indulges some of the lighter influences that peaked through on Pt. 1 on the new EP, replacing minor chords with major ones and coming across as not quite as hard of rockers. The heaviest moments come in the form of anthemic choruses, reminiscent of grandiose pop-punks like Angels & Airwaves. The band remains as tight as ever, taking the already well-written songs to their highest potential.
The EP can be heard on streaming sites, iTunes and below. Take Miller’s advice and “turn it up.”
You can catch Miller and the Hunks for $5 at its double-release show with The Turbos (which just dropped its new single and video, “‘Murica”) Feb. 17 at the Shrunken Head. Doors open for the 18+ show at 8 p.m. The A.M. Soul Society and Courtney From Work will also be performing.
The band is also on the bill for a March 3 show at Spacebar with The Monolithic and Gold From Grief. That show is also $5, or $8 if under 21. Doors are at 9 p.m.