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.
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:
In support of #saveourstages, current GFR recording artists Uncle Goo (with backing band, the Country Dragons) and The Humms will perform live today at 4pm on NetfreqTV via their twitch account.
The show, hosted by Matthew Suwalski, and produced by Atlanta, GA’s NetfreqTV, is called Freq Out and will feature new material from The Humms off of their forthcoming album, Vampire Hours (GF011) as well as their first ‘public’ performance since 2013.
Tune in today, starting at noon (E.S.T.) for the complete stream, beginning with “Studio Stories”.
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:
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”.
As the 10-year anniversary of the HUMMS’ debut LP “Lemonland” approaches, few were surprised to see a sudden restock of the original 45rpm single titled “Don’t Think About Death” b/w “Buttermilk/Uncle Sam Took My Baby Away”.
The single was initially released by Silver Spring, MD label “Arnold Records” in 2010 on black and special “glow in the dark” vinyl editions.
While the latter has completely sold out, the remaining black vinyl versions may be purchased over at the Gypsy Farm bandcamp.
Unconfirmed sources close to the band claim a new album is in the works with a possible release date sometime in 2020. Of course, stay tuned into the Gypsy Farm network for all the latest updates and more.
The Ice Creams were formed as a recording project some ten years ago in November of 2008 as the “long forgotten bastard side-child” of Athens garage group The Humms and self proclaimed “Scooby Punk-rockers” are ecstatic to finally announce the first release since their limited edition single via Gumball Machine Records.
The long awaited extended player is comprised of 6-songs making up the self titled record [The Ice Creams EP]
“Here’s a newly posted video from a group called The Ice Creams, for a little ditty titled ‘Everyone’s Got a Skeleton.’ The band, which features Zeke Sayer and Matthew Garrison of local band The Humms as well as drummer Stephen Findley, plays a slightly more saccharine version of The Humms’ earworm-y garage-punk, impossibly catchy and lean as white meat.” – Gabe Vodicka – Flagpole magazine
The Ice Creams EP drops on November 13th via Gypsy Farm Records but you can pre-order and stream the EP now in it’s entirety below via bandcamp.
Using the alias “Marble Soup” local Georgia native Matthew Garrison released his self-titled debut EP last month as download, stream and limited edition compact disc. The EP marks the first new physical release on the Gypsy Farm label since 2014 and is the result of several recording sessions spaced between Lula and Lavonia, Georgia dating back to 2015.
Engineered by Jake Stargel, the takes were then mixed at Gypsy Farm Studio before final mastering at Chase Park Transduction. After touring the U.S. twice in 2017 with Elf Power, Garrison enlisted the help of Larry Choskey (of Nate and the Nightmares) for art direction and cover design, then set the EP release date for Jan 2018 and it has met with positive reviews since it’s release :
“Clocking in with a mere four songs, this little record does a fine job of exhibiting Garrison’s songwriting, which harkens back to NRBQ, a little Randy Newman and perhaps a slight amount of Gram Parsons to boot” – Gordon Lamb – “Threats and Promises” – Flagpole Magazine
“With it’s ominous beat, Marble Soup’s ‘Janet Lorraine’ solicits the listener immediately to a soundscape where time stands before inevitably running out” – WJAY – GF Press Editor