Thoughts on hum?

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I recently was told that hum was good and that I'd like them. I don't know what the person meant and why he thought I'd like them. What/who do they sound like? Album recommendations? Thanks!

buyabiznatch (buyabiznatch), Monday, 26 September 2005 20:08 (fourteen years ago) link

hmmm...

Declan Zimmerman (Declan Zimmerman), Monday, 26 September 2005 20:19 (fourteen years ago) link

I have their second album..I've only listened to it once but I enjoyed it. I should pull it out again..

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Monday, 26 September 2005 20:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh yeah.. it's sort of grungy atmospheric type stuff. Similar to like Siamaese Dream-era Smashing Pumpkins kind of. Very metallic guitars.. you've probably heardthe track "Stars" it was a big hit on alt rock radio in the 90s.

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Monday, 26 September 2005 20:25 (fourteen years ago) link

"Stars" was on the album "You'd prefer an astronaut." I heartily recommend it.

jb, Monday, 26 September 2005 20:26 (fourteen years ago) link

Always thought "Stars" was on "Downward is Heavenward," but that's just a quibble.

Coming to Hum from shoegaze, I was disappointed. I was hoping for America's answer to MBV or Ride--turns out lovesliescrushing was the former, and I'm still looking for the latter (tell me if you've found it, and yes, I've already heard Drop Nineteens--wasn't impressed). In any case I always thought the songs were a little too weak to support the tinny, indie-metal guitars, but I don't want to write them off completely by any means, having not heard enough of them to speak from any real experience.

owen moorhead (i heart daniel miller), Tuesday, 27 September 2005 03:23 (fourteen years ago) link

a friend of mine's favorite two bands are Rush and Hum.

richard wood johnson, Tuesday, 27 September 2005 04:15 (fourteen years ago) link

"Downward is Heavenward" is the bomb. Especially the 1st and last tracks. That guitar sound is out of this world, like Siamese Dream times 10.

Check out ex-Hum guitarist's project Glifted too. More of those heavy fucking guitars,much less pop.

Quite an underrated band indeed.. Those vocals are sometimes a rather grating, though.

fizzcaraldo (Justin M), Tuesday, 27 September 2005 04:23 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

"Downward is Heavenward" is the bomb. Especially the 1st and last tracks. That guitar sound is out of this world, like Siamese Dream times 10.

-- fizzcaraldo (Justin M), Tuesday, September 27, 2005 4:23 AM (1 year ago) Bookmark Link

Ah yes...I just heard "Isle of the Cheetah" on shuffle and was all, "FUCK...those guitars, my god." Great guitar sound on that last album; the production on the previous one is disappointing, but Downward Is Heavenward fixed all that...

stephen, Thursday, 20 September 2007 20:33 (twelve years ago) link

four years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoeMHoVnjWo

turtwig greenturty (Matt P), Tuesday, 14 August 2012 22:39 (seven years ago) link

90s hot

turtwig greenturty (Matt P), Tuesday, 14 August 2012 22:40 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum_(band)

[went through a second drummer before overhearing Bryan St. Pere playing along to a Rush record out of his apartment window and recruiting him.

lol yeah they did

j., Sunday, 14 October 2012 17:05 (seven years ago) link

four months pass...

compared to pumpkins or rush who kinda display the drumming more prominently in the mix, hum drums are kinda understated. equally outstanding but easier to overlook.

billstevejim, Monday, 4 March 2013 05:28 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

It looks like the band (and especially one band member, although I'm not sure which one) is angry that an independent vinyl reissuing company re-released You'd Prefer An Astronaut (priced around $30) without any involvement from the band themselves. And so one of the band members set up a store from his house, taking orders and slowly shipping original 90's pressings (worth over $100) for the same price.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 20 March 2013 16:12 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

If you are to bloom is a great track

calstars, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 17:20 (six years ago) link

nine months pass...

I wonder if history might have panned out a little differently for them if the label had opted for "If You Are to Bloom" or "Green to Me" as the first single from DIH instead of "Comin' Home"

Simon H., Sunday, 15 February 2015 08:25 (five years ago) link

anyway I'm listening to You'd Prefer an Astronaut for the first time in forever and it just sounds so good

Simon H., Sunday, 15 February 2015 08:41 (five years ago) link

also I just figured out that the various editions of the art for Deftones' White Pony pay tribute to both Downward is Heavenward and Astronaut.

this concludes my recent Hum findings

Simon H., Sunday, 15 February 2015 09:26 (five years ago) link

it's ridiculous how much Hum sounds like Smashing Pumpkins, with the exception of vocals.

Poliopolice, Sunday, 15 February 2015 18:38 (five years ago) link

on Stars maybe but I don't really think the rest of the songs on You'd Prefer an Astronaut are that reminiscent

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Sunday, 15 February 2015 18:39 (five years ago) link

I'm listening to You'd Prefer an Astronaut after like 20 years, and I immediately said-- "holy shit, this sounds just like Smashing Pumpkins." And my wife heard me, and said, "Oh, it's not?"

Poliopolice, Sunday, 15 February 2015 18:40 (five years ago) link

It's the guitar tone. It's just like Siamese Dream. Listen to the opening track, for example. It sounds insanely similar to "Mayonaise," tonewise AND chordwise.

Poliopolice, Sunday, 15 February 2015 18:41 (five years ago) link

And I randomly played a few tracks of Downward is Heaven and I could easily see being convinced it was SP if the vocals were taken out, though the drumming might be a clue that it's not.

Poliopolice, Sunday, 15 February 2015 18:43 (five years ago) link

Soundwise/tonally they existed in a weird Gish/Siamese Dream interzone for sure, albeit with a little more of a metallic kick. The songwriting was not that similar though.

Simon H., Sunday, 15 February 2015 20:52 (five years ago) link

I discovered Hum way after the event.
Really don't know how I missed them.
Great sounds imho

Jessie Fer Ark (Mobbed Up Ping Pong Psychos), Sunday, 15 February 2015 23:34 (five years ago) link

Downward is Heavenward at least is great despite whether it conjures Smashing Pumpkins or not.

Evan, Monday, 16 February 2015 00:01 (five years ago) link

I know a couple of big Hum fans, and they have some acute narcissism of small differences about how much the band sounds like Smashing Pumpkins.

Dan I., Monday, 16 February 2015 03:29 (five years ago) link

YOU TAKE THAT BACK HUM ARE SPECIAL

j., Monday, 16 February 2015 04:25 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

well this happened last year

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E-FMeT6rSo

maura, Monday, 2 March 2015 21:27 (five years ago) link

Ah, I had missed that!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 March 2015 21:32 (five years ago) link

Yeah, they've played together a handful of times over the years, but still very cool. Fond memories of them headlining a free outdoor concert in Urbana right as "Stars" was blowing up for them, great show.

Also lol at when Bush played Champaign in 1995 and Gavin Rossdale wore a Hum shirt.

ƋППṍӮɨ∏ğڵșěᶉᶇдM℮ (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 2 March 2015 22:18 (five years ago) link

haha! my friend said she went to that show in 1995. She was staying at a hotel and was waiting in the lobby for her friend when Gavin came down and sat near her, striking up a conversation. He eventually took his shirt off, natch

Poliopolice, Monday, 2 March 2015 22:21 (five years ago) link

Hey, 1995 me thought 1995 Gavin was super hot, so fair play. But a bit weird in a hotel lobby.

That was the same show where Gwen Stefani told me she loved me and dumped a water bottle on my head.

ƋППṍӮɨ∏ğڵșěᶉᶇдM℮ (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 2 March 2015 22:25 (five years ago) link

i remember thinking at the time that i could have predicted that ending before she even told me. lawllll

Poliopolice, Monday, 2 March 2015 22:27 (five years ago) link

these two albums are long overdue for a deluxe remaster type deal

also, heard the new Torche today and I bet those guys have spent some time listening to Hum

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 02:14 (five years ago) link

This thread got me thinking about this band again and in doing a little research found out that there were two albums released before YPAA. Never knew this! Anyone heard these? Worth seeking out?

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 18:29 (five years ago) link

yeah "electra 2000" rules

billstevejim, Thursday, 5 March 2015 07:09 (five years ago) link

i liked it okay in that era but over time it was one of the ones i sold back in some one of many waves of cd hoard purging (keeping 'astronaut' and 'downward'), must have just never felt like playing it for years

j., Thursday, 5 March 2015 07:41 (five years ago) link

also search the "Puppets"/"Aphids" single.

billstevejim, Thursday, 5 March 2015 21:11 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

NEW HUM ALBUM https://humband.bandcamp.com/releases

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 15:40 (two weeks ago) link

woah

crystal-brained yogahead (map), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 15:59 (two weeks ago) link

i mean the cover is rainbow bridge so i'm gonna fuck with this

crystal-brained yogahead (map), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 16:00 (two weeks ago) link

this is such an awesome unexpected gift

crystal-brained yogahead (map), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 16:03 (two weeks ago) link

i cried a little at the guitar tone

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 16:03 (two weeks ago) link

Fantastic news! Trying to decide if I can hold out for the physical version in September. Very doubtful.

Still one of the best shows I saw in college was when these guys headlined an outdoor festival at West Side Park in Champaign in 1996.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 16:10 (two weeks ago) link

i cried a little at the guitar tone

Okay, yep, not gonna be able to hold out.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 16:10 (two weeks ago) link

WHATTTT

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 16:20 (two weeks ago) link

WHOA ?!?!?!?!

Scampidocio (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 16:26 (two weeks ago) link

I'm so excited about this that I can't decide how best to listen to it!!

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 16:27 (two weeks ago) link

That last few minutes of Desert Rambler aren't *nearly* long enough.

agreed, started that section over and over yesterday

global tetrahedron, Friday, 26 June 2020 18:17 (two weeks ago) link

chopped and screwed edition when

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Friday, 26 June 2020 18:20 (two weeks ago) link

Is anyone else hearing echoes of 'October Rust' era Type O Negative?

Maresn3st, Friday, 26 June 2020 19:11 (two weeks ago) link

XXP - I made one for yez, Desert Rambler, 13'45" version.

https://we.tl/t-yz9lS1iGbH

Maresn3st, Friday, 26 June 2020 19:25 (two weeks ago) link

I keep falling into the guitars and getting 'called back' by the cadences of the vocals - definite Roddy Woomble thing going on! Probably just me.

Yeah, nicely put re: falling and getting called back. I noticed that a couple times on my listen through

calstars, Friday, 26 June 2020 19:44 (two weeks ago) link

oh man thx Maresn3st I will find some uses for this

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Friday, 26 June 2020 19:47 (two weeks ago) link

awww, awesome!! xxp

global tetrahedron, Friday, 26 June 2020 19:56 (two weeks ago) link

a friend said he was afraid he loved this too much because it was the only good thing that has happened this year… so emo

I want to change my display name (dan m), Saturday, 27 June 2020 04:37 (two weeks ago) link

where's the lie tho

j., Saturday, 27 June 2020 04:44 (two weeks ago) link

Glad I caught this band on the rebound. Shit, this new album is like concrete candy, love it

rizzx, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 19:13 (one week ago) link

"In the Den" rules so much. This whole thing is so wonderful

gman59, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 19:50 (one week ago) link

A mere 7.8, apparently.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 06:09 (one week ago) link

a "towering" 7.8 lol

it's a good review tbh

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 06:29 (one week ago) link

and by good I partially mean that it contains these words in this order:

And the riffs — the riffs!

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 06:47 (one week ago) link

^^ otmn :) The 7.8 is just a stamp of approval of a site that'd never give Hum a BNM in 2020. No qualms.

Scampidocio (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 06:59 (one week ago) link

not even post-rock crescendos

GOOD

j., Wednesday, 1 July 2020 07:26 (one week ago) link

I still can't figure out how Tim Lash got his geetar to sound like a sax (to me, anyway) on "Waves" tbh

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 07:39 (one week ago) link

also I accidentally listened to this on shuffle this evening and it was surprisingly revelatory

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 07:46 (one week ago) link

Distracted by the numerous grammatical errors in that Hum review

Also, just because a song is "longer than eight minutes" doesn't make it "prog," you dummy

I will concede that this is a rather insightful observation:

"...it could pass for the work of a band influenced by Hum, taking them in a more minimalist, esoteric direction: post-hardcore guitars played at stoner metal tempos."

Should have been a BNM but I realize that's an impossible dream because rock music

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:26 (one week ago) link

tbf they couldn't give bnms to *every* amazing record that came out in the past two weeks

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:29 (one week ago) link

Thought it was an alright review, the part that stuck out for me was the idea of it being "inherently decadent" for them (or others) to take 22 years for a new album. It insinuates this idea of a bunch of super rich dudes with nothing better to do than lay around the studio for years on end, perfecting riffs, instead of the reality of them living life and taking time as it comes. Maybe I'm reading more into it than intended, but that part felt weird.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:32 (one week ago) link

I am betting Hum are a meaningful act to a slim minority of Pitchfork writers at this point

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:43 (one week ago) link

and by slim minority I mean small minority

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:43 (one week ago) link

anyway rock is dead, the review is good and I wanna check out those Cloakroom records

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:52 (one week ago) link

RYM likes Inlet a lot.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:52 (one week ago) link

every time I want to check a RYM chart I remember they block VPN users and am freshly furious/grateful

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:57 (one week ago) link

I really like the Cloakroom records! Not as much as I like the new Hum, but they are really nice.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:59 (one week ago) link

Also, just because a song is "longer than eight minutes" doesn't make it "prog," you dummy

Pretty sure yer man was lampooning that idea, not reinforcing it.

enochroot, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 15:35 (one week ago) link

The last track, the most slowcore of them all, is the best track

nostormo, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 15:47 (one week ago) link

I've never listened to Hum before, but this is great. A perfect balance of dreamy and heavy.

jmm, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 17:16 (one week ago) link

Pared it down to the ones that make me tap my foot, which are tracks 3-5 and 7

calstars, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 17:19 (one week ago) link

I accidentally listened to this on shuffle this evening and it was surprisingly revelatory

there is absolutely nothing wrong with the original sequencing but try this one for fun:

waves / shapeshifter / step into you / the summoning / in the den / cloud city / folding / desert rambler (maresn3st extend0 ed1t)

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 17:29 (one week ago) link

^^ will try

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 17:41 (one week ago) link

This is basically the best God Machine L.P they never recorded

nostormo, Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:16 (one week ago) link

...that's a hell of a comparison. And I see what you're getting at.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 July 2020 20:21 (one week ago) link

I'll confess that i'm currently addicted to this record

nostormo, Friday, 3 July 2020 17:03 (one week ago) link

just had the thought: what if Hum showed up on Black Stallion

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Saturday, 4 July 2020 00:29 (one week ago) link

Playing as the ship sinks?

I want to change my display name (dan m), Saturday, 4 July 2020 05:54 (one week ago) link

I should have clarified that that's the name of the forthcoming White Pony tribute remix album

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Saturday, 4 July 2020 07:14 (one week ago) link

today's thought on hum: it took listening back to the Centaur album to realize I really love talbott's vocal melodies and phrasing specifically

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Sunday, 5 July 2020 00:51 (six days ago) link

Wanting more Hum feelings I checked out Cloakroom, Narrow Head, and Greet Death because of the Pitchfork review and this thread. After listening I can say with certainty that I could not tell any of these bands apart if you offered me a hundred bucks

So Torche is still the closest thing to a great Hum-sounding band I've heard (Deftones notwithstanding)

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 5 July 2020 20:21 (six days ago) link

Some Failure comes close to Hum feelings imo, especially Fantastic Planet.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Sunday, 5 July 2020 20:35 (six days ago) link

I totally missed that band the first time around for some reason, I really should check them out. Thanks for the reminder!

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 5 July 2020 20:38 (six days ago) link

After listening to Inlet and Electra 2000 while driving over the weekend, I really want to hear a re-recorded version of "Diffuse" with Inlet-style production.

I want to change my display name (dan m), Sunday, 5 July 2020 20:40 (six days ago) link

I do wish his vox were less prosaic sometimes.

pomenitul, Sunday, 5 July 2020 20:51 (six days ago) link

I’d care less about prosy if dude would just project his voice once in awhile

calstars, Sunday, 5 July 2020 21:39 (six days ago) link

check the previous two albums

j., Sunday, 5 July 2020 21:42 (six days ago) link

this seems like as good a place as any to post this i guess but i’ve noticed that the idol group yanakoto sotto mute works with a guitarist that sounds very hum-inspired to me, like here -

https://open.spotify.com/track/0Cv9wrH9k8D8kWj7k6BdqH?si=IBSCqcR8TqyYtNVGjTHq2w

the actual new hum record is good too

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 15:17 (four days ago) link

the last Greet Death album is great but I wouldn't think to associate it with Hum necessarily; way too angsty

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 16:38 (four days ago) link

man i wish everyone name-dropping shiner itt had just also mentioned the crucial selling point, they were on desoto records!!!!!!!!!!

j., Wednesday, 8 July 2020 23:22 (three days ago) link


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