The Humms

The Humms are an American experimental rock band from Athens, Georgia formed in 2008.

The band’s first single Are You Dead? released in 2009 on Odd Box Records and was runner-up for the “Best Album, Single and Live Act” writer’s poll by UK publication SoundsXP in 2009.

Their debut album Lemonland was released internationally in 2010 on Odd Box, Bachelor and Gypsy Farm Records, receiving fairly positive reviews by music magazine Pop Matters citing “There are thousands of bands that go unheard everyday, but when a record with such stark urgency and possibility like Lemonland goes largely unnoticed, that’s a crime”.

Critics for L.A. Record point out the band’s “signature haunting surf-rock style” – “Like a zombie shredding a tasty wave, the tracks Don’t Think About Death and Buttermilk are a little scary and a lot of fun”.

The group is noted for “Covering everything from psychobilly to punk-infused country, there is no genre, nay no topic, off limits to these Georgia natives.” wrote Performer Magazine.

The Humms were inactive from 2013 while bassist Matt Garrison recorded and toured with Elf Power.

In October 2019, it was announced via their website that the Humms had recorded a new album, titled Vampire Hours due out by halloween 2020.

The Humms’ Lemonland sucks listeners into a jagged yet spirited sonic landscape without any remorse. Often this happens before listeners suspect a thing. While “Blood Sucking Vampire” sounds like a straight-up country-infused punk jam, it quickly gives way to a sonic assault that is both catchy and intoxicating. “Uncle Sam Took My Baby Away” and “Buttermilk” give weight to the band’s psychedelic edge, and it’s one that cuts deep.

While the recording may sound rather forced, the raw, unpolished feel of Lemonland only serves to augment The Humms unadulterated approach. It’s a record that hints at further possibilities with gentle acoustic jams and spacey, whispering lullabies placed between some of the most punishing psych-influenced punk numbers that have, unfortunately, never been heard. There are thousands of bands that go unheard everyday, but when a record with such stark urgency and possibility like Lemonland goes largely unnoticed, that’s a crime. – Pop Matters

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