Hum是一个另类摇滚乐从带香槟，伊利诺伊州。他们以1995年的电台热门单曲“ Stars ” 而闻名。在2000年最初解散后，嗡嗡声在很大程度上是不活跃的（保存为零星的表演），直到2015年团聚以进行一系列的短期巡演。2020年6月23日，乐队宣布并发行了Inlet，这是他们22年以来的第一张新材料专辑。
乐队的最初阵容成立于1989年，吉他手Andy Switzky，吉他手Matt Talbott，低音吉他手Akis Boyatzis和鼓手Jeff Kropp。马特（Matt）和安迪（Andy）在伊利诺伊州厄巴纳（Urbana）的一家名为Treno’s的咖啡馆见面，安迪曾在该咖啡馆工作。关于音乐的讨论导致二者形成嗡嗡声的核心。马特以前曾在当地乐队We Ate Plato演出，现在是Honcho Overload的成员。Andy曾在半严肃的现场乐队Obvious Man中演出，并在设计师Mustard Gas的工作室工作。
他们最初几个月在Akis的地下室演出。由于海报儿童的里克·瓦伦丁（Rick Valentin）的建议，乐队选择了嗡嗡声（Hur （在Grendel的Arm，Pod和Feedbag之类的竞争者）这样的名字），故意模糊地描述他们的声音，并在听了Bryan St.之后经历了第二个鼓手。 Pere在公寓窗外玩着Rush唱片并招募他。
不过，这种阵容并没有持续太久，因为1990年Akis离开家回到希腊。与音乐家Andy一起在设计师Mustard Gas工作的当地音乐家Joe Futrelle短暂加入，然后开始了更严肃的音乐追求，并被Rod van取代Huis，后来的Steakdaddy Six。由于个人原因，他友好地分裂了乐队，并继续在大十字军中演出。在母亲乐队（后来的曼特尔乐队）的巴尔萨扎尔（Balthazar“ Baltie” de Lay）的加入下，乐队在著名工程师史蒂夫·阿尔比尼（Steve Albini）在芝加哥的地下室里录制了他们的第一张试奏。
乐队在第一声或第二声中录制了八首歌曲，只有人声配音，并且有一个官方演示可供购物，名为“ 亲吻我就像亲吻天使”。此时，乐队的主要歌手，吉他手和词曲作者是安迪（Andy），当他们的第一张专辑Fillet Show于1991年由当地唱片公司12 Inch Records发行时，情况依然如此。专辑在朋克摇滚之间的某个地方发出更快，沉重的声音。和重金属，比马特·塔尔伯特（Matt Talbott）后来写的倾斜歌词更公开的政治和幽默材料。
Baltie的压力越来越大，他将精力集中在母亲和其他方面，因此他也与Hum的其他成员保持了良好的关系。Matt再次离开贝司手，向Honcho Overload的乐队成员Jeff Dimpsey推荐。在该小组中，在与海报儿童的短暂接触期间，杰夫弹吉他，马特实际上弹低音，但过渡很顺利，乐队录制了两张单曲，“ Hello Kitty”和“ Sundress”，前者在12英寸，后者位于新的基于香槟的唱片公司Mud Records上。大约在这个时候，香槟地区开始融合在一起，一个乐队的成员与另一个乐队的成员联合起来，形成了无限量的一次性项目，以及《阳伞唱片》 发行公司在全国范围内促进了当地的行为，并为伊利诺伊州尚佩恩的唱片商店带来了另类音乐。
在这些单曲和下一张专辑的过渡期间，乐队成员之间的创作差异不断扩大，而Andy离开了。其余的成员招募了本地的名叫蒂姆·拉什（Tim Lash）的吉他手，他们大约三年级。他以前的经验曾在一个快速金属乐队The Grand Vizars中（与Scurvine的Joe Ludwinski和The Fiery Furnaces的 Matt Friedburger在一起），并在演出后随随便便对乐队发表评论说，如果他们需要吉他手，他们可以给他一个电话。
乐队的经典阵容已经到位，四重奏组由布拉德伍德（Brad Wood）制作的伊莱克特拉2000（Electra 2000）前往Idful Studios 。专辑由12英寸唱片公司发行，前两幅作品均发行，并通过货运唱片公司发行。歌词更具非线性和概念性，并介绍了将在以后的歌曲中占据主导地位的一些空间和科学意象。专辑没有制作任何单曲，但是在很大程度上要归功于Parasol的发行，引起了RCA Records代表的注意。乐队签了字，并与当地的俱乐部老板以及有时是音乐家Ward Gollings担任旅行经理。他们改用制片人Keith Cleversley的大牌处女作《 You’prefer a宇航员》1995年。这张专辑将产生最大的成功，单曲“ Stars ”在Space Ghost Coast到Coast以及Howard Stern Show的促销节目中出现，并在Beavis和Butthead上也有热门视频。
这张专辑迅速售出了25万张，而嗡嗡声为唱片的发行创造了最大的记录。进一步的单曲《 The Pod》和促销单曲《 I’d Like You Your Long Long》未能引起人们的浓厚兴趣，乐队在当年的其余时间和1996年中度过了大部分时光。1997年下半年，他们与Pogo Studios的Mark Rubel合作录制了第四张专辑《Downward Is Heavenward》。
专辑的最大推广来自于1998年1月25日在Modern Rock Live中露面，并于2月发行了专辑。单曲“ Green to Me”和“ Comin’Home”仅供促销，该乐队到年底仅售出30,000张。大约在这个时候，乐队错过了为X-Files：Fight the Future电影配乐录制现场最喜欢的警察 “隐形太阳” 的机会。在最后一分钟，Sting和Aswad决定录制雷鬼唱片，使乐队脱离了庞大的潜在粉丝群。由于令人失望的销售和大笔唱片合并，乐队从2000年的合同中退出。在加拿大，乐队的面包车发生了一次小事故，标志着最后一根稻草。他们演奏了他们最后的演出在2000年12月29日圣路易斯，密苏里州和12月31日在芝加哥。
马特（Matt）与当地音乐家德里克•尼德林豪斯（Derek Niedringhaus）和吉姆•凯利（Jim Kelly）组成半人马座。前者曾在Matt制造的Castor和Sarge中，后者曾参与过阳伞的演出，并在16吨和Love Cup中鼓舞。迄今为止，乐队自己建立了火星人回家唱片公司的专辑In Streams，发行了黑胶唱片《 Downward Is Heavenward》，并在CD上重新发行了Electra 2000。正在产生第二个。马特在他的工作室里制作西部大唱片公司，现在是地球模拟唱片公司，已经建立了一个家庭。他还任教于米利金大学在伊利诺斯州Decatur。马特目前还为Trustkill Records上的张开手做出贡献，并从2005年发行的《永无止境的白光》专辑Act 1：Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies中为“ First Days of Spring”贡献了声音。
杰夫（Jeff）与Castor的杰夫·加伯（Jeff Garber）一起重新启动了1997年的国家天际线项目。这套服装推出了同名专辑 ep Exit Now和第二张全长专辑《This = Everything》。乐队还参加了阳伞汇编《甜蜜的十六岁》第二卷。他搬到德克萨斯州从事职业。杰夫（Jeff）目前正与亚当·费因（Absinthe Blind）组成新乐队Gazelle。
蒂姆（Tim）曾在Hum，电子二人组Glifted与Love Cup的TJ Harrison以及重摇滚三人组Balisong（与当地音乐家Eric Steckler和Joe Ludwinski）一起演出。迄今为止，Glifted已发行Under和In在火星人回家。据报道，Lash正在制作一张后续专辑，但在2008年，他证实Glifted不再存在。Balisong从未录制过任何唱片，但在香槟中播放了一些现场表演。Tim目前正在与Joe Ludwinski（Scurvine，The Grand Vizars）和Jason Milam（Scurvine，Lovecup）合作开展一个名为Alpha Mile的新项目。Alpha Mile于2008年12月在香槟的Highdive演出了他们的第一场演出。Alpha Mile一直在录制唱片，并希望能在2010 年发行专辑。2009 Pygmalion音乐节上有来自Gazelle和Alpha Mile的音乐。这是瞪羚的首场现场表演。
布莱恩（Bryan）在维肯斯罗普（Vykanthrope）的《恶魔的等待中》（The Devil’s Waiting EP 2013）在《维京战争末日》（Viking War Doom）中风靡一时后，基本上放弃了音乐，并且有传言称他将居住在印第安纳州的制药行业。他也有自己的家庭。
2003年，乐队在阿拉巴马州伯明翰市区附近的Furnace Fest举行一次盛大的聚会，参加了历史悠久的Sloss Furnaces。熔炉节（Furnace Fest）于2003年8月15日至17日举行，是一个来自全国各地的硬摇滚，另类，独立和情绪表演的节日。随着故事的发展，乐队表示他们愿意以高价演出任何演出（假设没有人愿意支付这笔钱），Furnacefest的组织者称他们为虚张声势。嗡嗡声在周六晚上成为头条新闻，表演了现场表演和再演。据报道，乐队对表演不满意，实际上更喜欢他们在香槟之前直接参加的惊喜热身表演。
马特·塔尔伯特（Matt Talbot）在接受AV俱乐部的采访时，悍马（Hum）曾在2011年为该节目做主演，马特·塔尔伯特（Matt Talbot）断言悍马很可能会继续以非正式，零星的方式继续下去。
2010年5月，位于迈阿密的唱片公司Pop Up Records在作品“告别与离去的歌：向嗡嗡声致敬”的作品中宣布了Hum贡专辑，该专辑的特色是为朋友举办的葬礼，神秘的Felix Culpa，Anakin，（该死的，这是沙漠航空，常数，朱尼叶斯，飞船之城，斯托玛彻等等。
乐队在2011年的几场演出中重聚，在伊利诺伊州芝加哥举行的首届AV Fest上演出，随后在德克萨斯州奥斯汀的Fun Fun Fun Fest上演出。
2015年6月，宣布嗡嗡声将参加两次简短的旅行。2015年8月，嗡嗡声以失败告终，在美国东海岸举行了五场演出。乐队于2015年8月在乔治亚州亚特兰大举行的残骸巨星表演后演出。之后，他们于2015年9月在伊利诺伊州芝加哥的暴动巨星表演，之后与美国摇滚乐队进行了六场联名标题巡回演出西海岸的矿物乐队。巡回演出宣布后，鼓手Bryan St. Pere与乐队分开，Shiner的Jason Gerken取代了他。 巡回演出结束后，圣佩雷重新加入乐队。经过改革的乐队已经确认他们正在录制新音乐。] 2020年6月23日，乐队惊奇地发行了他们的第五张录音室专辑《Inlet》。
Hum is an alternative rock band from Champaign, Illinois. They are best known for their 1995 radio hit “Stars”. After initially disbanding in 2000, Hum were largely inactive (save for sporadic performances) until reuniting in 2015 for a series of short tours. On June 23, 2020 the band announced and released Inlet, their first album of new material in over twenty-two years.
Founding and early recordings
The initial line-up of the band formed in 1989, with guitarist Andy Switzky, guitarist Matt Talbott, bass guitarist Akis Boyatzis and drummer Jeff Kropp. Matt and Andy met at a cafe named Treno’s, in Urbana, Illinois, where Andy worked. Discussions about music led to the two forming the nucleus of Hum. Matt had previously played in the local group We Ate Plato and was presently a member of Honcho Overload; Andy had performed in the semi-serious live band Obvious Man and had studio experience with Designer Mustard Gas.
The group performed at Akis’ basement for their initial months. Due to a suggestion from Rick Valentin of Poster Children, the band chose the name Hum (over contenders like Grendel’s Arm, Pod, and Feedbag), an intentional vague description of their sound and went through a second drummer before overhearing Bryan St. Pere playing along to a Rush record out of his apartment window and recruiting him.
This line-up was not to last long, though, as Akis left home for Greece in 1990. Local musician Joe Futrelle, who played with Andy in Designer Mustard Gas joined briefly, before leaving for more serious musical pursuits and was replaced by Rod van Huis, later of Steakdaddy Six. Due to personal reasons, he amicably split the band and went on to perform in the Great Crusades. With the addition of Balthazar “Baltie” de Lay, of the band Mother (later Menthol), the band recorded their first demo in famed engineer Steve Albini’s basement in Chicago.
The band recorded eight songs in first or second takes, with only vocal overdubs and had an official demo to shop around, named Kissing Me Is Like Kissing an Angel. At this point, the group’s primary singer, guitarist and songwriter was Andy and that remained the case when their first album, Fillet Show, was released by local label 12 Inch Records in 1991. The album features a faster, heavy sound somewhere between punk rock and heavy metal, with more overt political and humorous material than the later oblique lyrics that Matt Talbott would write.
Pressure grew on Baltie to focus his efforts on Mother and other pursuits, so he too left on good terms with the other members of Hum. Left without a bassist again, Matt suggested Jeff Dimpsey, his bandmate in Honcho Overload. In that group, and during his brief stint with the Poster Children, Jeff played guitar and Matt actually played bass, but the transition was smooth, and the band recorded two singles, “Hello Kitty” and “Sundress”, the former on 12 Inch, and the latter on the new Champaign-based label Mud Records. Around this time, the Champaign scene started to coalesce with members of one band joining up with members of another to form an indefinite amount of one-off side projects, and the Parasol Records distribution company helped promote local acts nationally and brought in alternative music to record stores in Champaign, Illinois.
In the interim between these singles and the next album, creative differences grew between members of the band, and Andy left. The remaining members recruited a local fan named Tim Lash, almost a decade their junior, to play guitar. His previous experience had been in a speed metal group The Grand Vizars (with Joe Ludwinski from Scurvine and Matt Friedburger from The Fiery Furnaces), and once casually remarked to the band after a show that if they ever needed a guitarist, they could give him a call.
The classic lineup of the band was in place, and the quartet headed to Idful Studios with Brad Wood producing Electra 2000. The album was released in its first two pressings by 12 Inch Records and distributed through Cargo Records. The lyrics were far more non-linear and conceptual, and introduced some of the space and science imagery that would dominate later songs. The album produced no singles, but due in no small part to distribution by Parasol, caught the attention of representative of RCA Records. The band was signed, and hooked up with local club owner and sometimes-musician Ward Gollings as tour manager. They switched to producer Keith Cleversley for their major-label debut You’d Prefer an Astronaut in 1995. The album would produce their biggest hit, the single “Stars”, with promotional appearances on Space Ghost Coast to Coast, and The Howard Stern Show and a hit video that was also featured on Beavis and Butthead.
The album swiftly sold 250,000 copies, and Hum played their largest dates promoting the record. Further singles “The Pod” and the promotional “I’d Like Your Hair Long” failed to generate much interest, and the band spent much of the rest of the year and 1996 on the road. In late 1997, they teamed with Mark Rubel at Pogo Studios to record their fourth album, Downward Is Heavenward.
The biggest promotion for the album came with an appearance on Modern Rock Live on January 25, 1998, and the album was released in February. Singles “Green to Me” and “Comin’ Home” were promotional-only, and the band only sold 30,000 copies by the end of the year. Around this time, the band missed out on an opportunity to record live favorite the Police’s “Invisible Sun” for the X-Files: Fight the Future film soundtrack. At the last minute, Sting and Aswad decided to record a reggae cover, keeping the band from a large potential fan base. Due to disappointing sales, and large record label mergers, the band was dropped from their contract in 2000. While touring in Canada, the band’s van got into a minor accident, signaling the last straw. They played their final shows in 2000 on December 29 in St. Louis, Missouri and December 31 in Chicago.
Matt went on to form Centaur with local musicians Derek Niedringhaus and Jim Kelly. The former had been in Castor and Sarge, who had been produced by Matt, and the latter was involved with Parasol and drummed in 16 Tons and Love Cup. To date, only one album has been released, In Streams, on the Martians Go Home label, set up by the band themselves to release the vinyl version of “Downward Is Heavenward” and the re-release of Electra 2000 on CD. A second is being produced. Matt produces in his studio Great Western Recorders, now Earth Analog Records and has started a family. He also teaches at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Matt is also currently contributing to Open Hand, on Trustkill Records, and contributed vocals to First Days of Spring from the Neverending White Lights album Act 1: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies released in 2005.
Jeff resurrected a side-project from 1997, National Skyline with Jeff Garber, also of Castor. This outfit put out a self-titled album, the ep Exit Now, and a second full-length, This = Everything. The band was also featured on the Parasol compilation Sweet Sixteen, Volume 2. He moved to Texas to pursue his career. Jeff is currently playing with Adam Fein (Absinthe Blind) in a new band called Gazelle.
Tim has played in other groups after Hum, the electronic duo Glifted with T. J. Harrison of Love Cup, and Balisong, a heavy rock trio with local musicians Eric Steckler and Joe Ludwinski. To date, Glifted have released Under and In on Martians Go Home. A follow-up album was reported to be in production by Lash, but in 2008 he confirmed that Glifted was no more. Balisong never recorded anything, but played a few live shows in Champaign. Tim is currently working with Joe Ludwinski (Scurvine, The Grand Vizars), and Jason Milam (Scurvine, Lovecup) on a new project called Alpha Mile. Alpha Mile played their first show in December 2008 at the Highdive in Champaign. Alpha Mile has been recording off and on, and hope to have an album out in 2010. The 2009 Pygmalion Music Festival featured sets from both Gazelle and Alpha Mile. This was Gazelle’s debut live show.
Bryan has largely quit music with a brief stint on Vykanthrope’s The Devil’s Waiting EP 2013 thundering through Viking War Doom and is rumored to have taken up residence in Indiana in the pharmaceutical industry. He also has a family of his own.
In 2003, the band reunited for a one-off appearance at Furnace Fest near downtown Birmingham, Alabama at the historic Sloss Furnaces. Furnace Fest, held August 15–17, 2003, was a festival of hard rock, alternative, indie, and emo acts from across the country. As the story went, the band said that they would be willing to play any show for a high price (assuming that no one would actually be willing to pay that amount), and the organizers at Furnacefest called their bluff. Hum headlined Saturday night, playing a set and an encore. The band was reportedly dissatisfied with the performance, and actually preferred the surprise warm-up show they played in Champaign directly prior.
Though declining to reform on a permanent basis, Hum has continued to perform occasional club shows and regional festival appearances. “We want to play small clubs again and perform just for our fans,” says Talbott. “I feel bad that younger kids often can’t go to those shows, but it’s important for us to have some fun and play for people who care about our music.”
In an interview with The A.V. Club, for whom Hum headlined a show in 2011, Matt Talbot affirmed that Hum was likely to continue on an informal, sporadic basis.
In May 2010, Miami-based record label Pop Up Records, announced a Hum tribute album in the works entitled “Songs of Farewell and Departure: A Tribute to Hum” featuring Funeral for a Friend, The Esoteric, The Felix Culpa, Anakin, (Damn) This Desert Air, Constants, Junius, City of Ships, Stomacher and more.
The band reunited for a couple of shows in 2011, playing at the inaugural A.V. Fest in Chicago, Illinois, followed by Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas.
In June 2015, it was announced that Hum would partake in two brief tours. In August 2015, Hum opened for Failure for five shows on the east coast of the United States. The band played an after show for Wrecking Ball Fest in Atlanta, GA in August 2015. Following that, they performed at Riot Fest in Chicago, Illinois in September 2015, before embarking on a six-show co-headlining tour with the band Mineral on the west coast. After the tour was announced, drummer Bryan St. Pere parted ways with the band, with Jason Gerken of Shiner taking his place. After the conclusion of the tour, St. Pere rejoined the band. The reformed band has confirmed that they are recording new music. On June 23, 2020, the band surprise-released their fifth studio album, entitled Inlet.
Hum has been cited as an influence by multiple groups and artists, including Chino Moreno of Deftones, Deafheaven, and others.
Hum – 1991 – Fillet Show
Hum – 1993 – Electra 2000
Hum – 1993 – Electra 2000 (Reissue)
Hum – 1995 – You’d Prefer An Astronaut
Hum – 1997 – Downward Is Heavenward
Hum – 2020 – Inlet
Singles & EPs
Hum – 1992 – Hello Kitty [EP]
Hum – 1995 – Stars [EP]
Hum – 1996 – The Pod + 2 Promo
Hum – 1996 – The Pod
Hum – 1998 – Green To Me
Hum – 1998 – Puppets and Aphids
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