Psych-trippers and all-around-down to hang out in your garage, The Humms have just released a brand-new video for their song titled Blue Bite and let me be the first to say that I’m not sure what to make of the song, much less the video.
The tune comes from their Vampire Hours album, released on vinyl by Gypsy Farm last fall and the “M.A.S.H. on acid” type atmosphere within this accompanying video is reminiscent of my long lost youth, attempting to fine-tune our television antenna that stretched up beyond the heavens.
The headache induced by this music video is not unlike that old picture on our beloved Zenith set.
But alas, this video showcases the band’s ever-widening, multi-genre court of noise, to be polite. It was produced by Gypsy Farm subsidiary, Parkertown productions.
NPR’s John Slights says “It’s not everyday an album containing psychedelic folk, sludge rock, and 60’s style surf rock inspired tunes comes along, but ‘Vampire Hours’ is exactly that. In many ways, it’s a throwback album that still manages to look to the future.” – (Athens News Matters)
Watch and share The Humms – Blue Bite music video on YouTube.
According to the South Carolina Encyclopedia, the nickname Linthead “likely came into common usage early in the twentieth century, when the growing number of cotton mills and mill workers began to alter the landscape of South Carolina life.” – Tom Terrill
While upstate singer songwriter, Ed Campbell (Pine Tar Rage, The Drovers) is no stranger to the late-night lint life, he has also spent the better part of 40 years documenting the Palmetto area through song, and proudly exclaims:
“I’ve stayed past my prime, I’ve stayed past my time – should have quit – yes I know – but I’m paying debts to the bets made a long time ago”
This release marks the first new material from the group since last year’s track “Perfect Day”, a softer-song structure when compared to the rest of PTR’s discography, it should come as no sudden surprise to long time fans of The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show, also fronted by Campbell.
Stream and share “Requiem For A Linthead” by Pine Tar Rage, and enjoy this excerpt of an interview Campbell gave back in 2019 on the hallucinate forming of The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show.
Any patron of the downtown Athens gift shop Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother will probably remember Dave Martin. If they don’t, chances are they may have caught the musical group, Poncho Magic at Tasty World once or twice.
Since way back when, Martin has kept busy in a variety of ways, like performing various duties with electronic act Astral Summer and playing guitar with Gypsy Farm artists Uncle Goo and The Humms.
Naturally, we are proud to announce the debut of Dave’s latest endeavor, a bedroom pop-stained, musical mattress titled THE BEAR TRAPS and it’s two singles: “Desert Of Love” b/w “I Don’t Want To Die Tonight” are out now on Gypsy Farm Records.
Directed by WJAY and shot within the Shoal Creek Music Park, this selection features the Southern-fried, psychedelia imagery that is synonymous with the group, and their latest music video comes off the release of sophomore effort, “Vampire Hours” released this past Tuesday.
Stream and share the “Merry Days” music video below:
Long-time correspondent and GF recording artist, Garett Hatch (Mother The Car, Nate & The Nightmares, Ancient Ethel) delighted us earlier this year with the sudden release of his first solo album, “Place Without a Name” conceived, written and recorded while under quarantine in Asheville.
(TOP) Garett Hatch. Photo 2020 by Maddie Kendrick.
“Hatch’s first official solo effort, titled “Place Without A Name” showcases a range of different styles and features the piano-wizardry of Mark Plemmons among several other musical guests. The album is set to be an enjoyable experience for the listener.” –Plez Jay
Then, Hatch surprised everyone with an immediate follow up, titled “Home” and it’s packed with supreme musical guests Annie Leeth, Casey Trivett and Stephen Britt, featuring artwork by Michelle Kaiser.
Garett Hatch’s “Home” is due out Oct 20th, stream and share the album via bandcamp:
The Athens, GA psychedelic group will release their first album of new material in over a decade next month, titled “Vampire Hours” on all streaming platforms..but patrons of this year’s Record Store Day will have a chance to enjoy an early opportunity at snagging the vinyl version, this Saturday, August 29th, at participating record shops.
“Grim motor-psycho music that goes from growling Steppenwolf jams to delightfully strange jazz/krautrock diversions.”
— Bandcamp (New & Notable)
“Starting out with a suggestion of Merseybeat and then destabilizing the relation as it goes along, but keeping the movement of the harmony coherent.”
— Kevin Dunn (co-producer; The B-52s, Pylon)
While some shops will open for R.S.D, we ask that folks adhere to proper social distancing, commonsense and wear a mask. It’s more fun than you may imagine. In fact, at some locations, it’s mandatory.
“Vampire Hours” by The Humms will be available this Saturday at these fine locations:
Athens, GA folk-pop ensemble, Sea of Dogs have remained inactive for the most part, after their crooner and banjo picker relocated to North Carolina.
While in early 2016, the group assembled at GF studio and recorded a whole album’s worth of material, most of which remains indefinitely shelved today.
We are pleased now to have received word, down from the mountain, granting permission to release a song from those sessions, Old Woman.
Long-time listeners will immediately recognize the tune, as it was first released on their 2010 album “You’re Not Too Old” recorded and mixed by Tim Schrieber.
In a notable departure from the album’s full band arrangement, this alternate take on the song finds singer Emily Armond’s voice in a pure, yet vulnerable state, bouncing through hollows, embraced only by a warn, piano accompaniment, courtesy of Jacob Morris.
Stream and share “Old Woman” by Sea of Dogs via bandcamp or youtube.
Despite the valid plea of longtime acquaintances to just “leave the corpse buried”, the official announcement came via the Humms’ website after a lone image appeared, revealing the album cover of a forthcoming record, Vampire Hours.
This sophomore effort is the band’s follow up to 2010’s Lemonland which debuted on Bachelor records (Austria) with an additional release by Odd Box (U.K).
“Screaming for the life they once forgot, shadow boxing the vampire they’re afraid to admit they are.” — Jared Cobb, The Peacock Observer
Flagpole magazine premiered the official music video for the record’s first single, “Lady Low” and announced that pre-orders for the album on 12″ vinyl LP are now available here.
Watch and share the music video for “Lady Low” below! Directed by W.J.A.Y / A Parkertown Production.
Vampire Hours is out Sept 29th, with a special advance release for Record Store Day at select shops on Aug 29th, Sept 26th.
“It was so hot out there”, said Willie Shears [producer], echoing the perspiration of a group that had gathered in the studio on that scorching afternoon at Gypsy Farm.
“But you know” Shears continued, “it just wouldn’t have felt right, recording a song like This Heat in the comfort of air conditioning”.
Indeed, when This Heat debuted on radio last year, local country music disk jockey ‘Porkchop’ was quick to point out the atmosphere stating: “Creepy steel guitar & haunting vocals! I didn’t think it was possible to get chills because of a song about the heat.”
– Michael “Porkchop” Branch / WLHR 92.1
Uncle Goo / This Heat is available on Cattywampus!!! (2019 / Gypsy Farm Records)
In related news, long time GF veterans and psychedelic-folk-dream-team, otherwise known as “Old Smokey” (Jim Willingham), have reissued their first ep, Weeping Willow, and made it available for the first time online, thanks to John Fernandes’ Cloud Recordings label.
The ep was Gypsy Farm’s fifth release (GF005) having since gone out-of-print but is available now digitally, via bandcamp.
“Sounds as if it were originally featured on “The Wickerman” Soundtrack (1973), but some how, rather found itself reincarnated, falling through the laws of time and landing on your turntable, here in this strange modern world.” – WJAY review of Old Smokey 
Rounding out our scope of all things in GFR news, pre-orders are now live for the long awaited album by The Humms. The sophomore effort, titled Vampire Hours, marks the return of original founding drummer, John Bleech, among other special guest appearances and is due out September 29th with a special advance release for Record Store Day at select locations in Georgia, South Carolina, Maryland, Ohio and Kentucky.
“This new release from The Humms yanks the listener from the ghoulish psychedelia of ‘Lemonland’, thrusting them deep into a depraved and possessed saloon in 17th century Transylgeorgia, spinning through violent and resplendent waves of dusty, mescaline-dipped Mai Tais, screaming for the life they once forgot, shadow boxing the vampire they’re afraid to admit they are.”
— Jared Cobb, The Peacock Observer
Along with the announcement, came a weird video collage, seemingly composed of old footage from the GFR archives, accompanied by a soundscape, with a rhythm not unlike that of some defunct Maytag dryer.
The audio has yet to be confirmed as being any part of the album’s track list. [UPDATE: The song title is “Fangs”]
Pre-order The Humms Vampire Hours on 12″ vinyl and get a digital download of the record, including the first single “Lady Low”.
We are pleased to have been involved earlier this year with the solo release of guitarist and known slugger, J.R. Fisher and the release of his song Vacation.
Fisher, who plays guitar with Ohio hard knockers, Unchipped, is also head-barker over at local Columbus record label, We Used To Drink Together Records and was instrumental in working with GF way back in January on the task of producing this limited run cassette release of their self-titled debut album.
“Today I received a box of Unchipped cassettes. This tape is a totally different mix and master than what you have heard so far, mixed by Zac Szymusiak at Weird Music Studios, and mastered by Zeke Sayer at Gypsy Farm Records, including cover art by Naoya Kawakami, and photos taken by Skot Thompson and John Toohill.
– We Used To Drink Together Records via an official press release.