For the latest edition of 'Under the Influence', we caught up with Jacob Munk (guitar) and Kevin Grimmett (keys) of HUNNY to find out more about the SoCal rockers.

What are your earliest memories of music? What was played around the house growing up?

JM: We all grew up on our parents favorite records at first. I remember hearing Bowie, The Police, The Cure pretty early on; lots of '70s rock n roll and early '80s post punk stuff.

At what age did you start to form your own musical tastes? What bands and music were you drawn towards?

JM: I think we all started forming our own tastes when we started playing music. We got into the obligatory bands 10 year olds love, like Blink-182 and Green Day. Pretty much anything that was easy enough to figure out how to play.

Do those bands still resonate with you? If so, what was it about their music that drew you in?

JM: Blink and Green Day still hold a special place in our hearts. We were just listening to that new Green Day song in the van a couple of weeks ago.

What bands/musicians have you grown to love and look to for inspiration in the present?

JM: We always find ourselves going back to the Strokes. That band was and is so influential for us. Their songwriting is so timeless, and they represent such an iconic "cool" to us. The Strokes are kind of our "gold standard" we measure stuff by.

How did you all meet and start playing together?

JM: We all met through playing in various different bands. As a couple of our old bands were breaking up, we starting playing together, adding more people as we went, until we ended up with the six of us. It was all really organic, we just kept adding more people until it felt right.

How has your sound developed over the past few years of playing together?

KG: We've slowly integrated all of our musical tastes into something we are proud of. It took a while to figure out the right balance between six members but we ultimately created a sound the represents each member.

You list your hometown as southern California. Are all of you from SoCal? What areas did you grow up in?

JM: We all grew up in relatively the same area. Jake, Joey, and I are all from Newbury Park, Greg and Jason are from Simi Valley, and Kevin is from Woodland Hills, which are all within about 15 minutes of each other.

How would you describe the local southern California music scene outside of the "LA" scene?

KG: We are just one of many musical niches in Los Angeles. Los Angeles is enormous so we are all relatively a thirty-minute drive from what the majority considers Los Angeles proper. The musical scene where we grew up was a lot of garage shows in the suburbs because there were relatively no music venues that people went to. To play the better shows we would have to make the drive to downtown. I'd say the local music scene outside of "LA" is really chill and inviting but non-eventful.

I've lived in Orange County my whole life and know first-hand other's impression of it. What's one myth about the southern California music scene you think people get wrong?

JM: I'm sure some people can get the idea that the Southern California music scene is really exclusive and cutthroat, and for some artists and bands, it probably can be. But for us, we've kind of found the opposite. We've had lots of experiences in Los Angeles where we've built great relationships and friendships with bands and venues, and it feels really encouraging and inclusive. That might not be the norm, I guess, but I feel like it's been how we've found a community for ourselves.

What venues did you grow up attending to catch shows? What are some shows you saw there that still stick with you?

JM: The bummer about living in the suburbs was that there weren't really venues that you could go to see shows at. So out of necessity, we all went to and played lots of house shows and DIY shows around our area. The only real "venue" around was the Cobalt in Canoga Park, where we've all been more times than we can count.

You've garnered a substantial following in southern California. I personally know people who never miss a show when you play at the Observatory in Orange County. What's your approach when playing a live show for a hometown crowd?

JM: Every time we play back home in Los Angeles, we want to do something different and fresh. We want to keep it interesting and fun for the kids who keep coming back. Whether that means new songs in the set, a cover, etc., we want to make sure it's not the same show they've already seen. For example, last time we played LA, we dropped a ton of balloons on the crowd. So we always try to keep spontaneity alive, and keep the show different than the record. Otherwise everyone would just stay home.

LA can be intimidating because of how inundated with music it is. What advice would you give youngsters beginning their pursuit of a music career?

KG: Choose wisely, surround yourself with good people who you wouldn't mind riding in a van with for a month. I think we can collectively agree that we messed this one up.