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HUMPosted Monday, January 11, 2010, at 12:29 PM
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This heavenly universe of harmonics and celestial vocals lends musical sensations and a vivid atmosphere to the listener. The music and lyrics mimics bedtime lullabies which make for great sleep. Matt Talbott's voice is deep and melancholy; greatly opposite the music which flows and pivots between light guitar picks and heavy shredding.
The lyrics (mostly the latter albums) paint a picture of lost love and failed relationships, but not in the typical emo way. Talbott brings a spacy, airy feel with his storytelling. He combines words and "the theories of physics and relativity" and applies them "to modern-day relationships and contemporary attitudes." www.thestereokiller.com
HUM's first full length, the wittingly titled Fillet Show, was released in 1991. The album leans toward a heavier side, akin to a heavy metal album. The lyrics are more humorous and less bleak than future releases.
Their sophomore effort, Electra 2000, was released in 1993. Electra 2000 saw many releases with different cover art and a bonus track. This album made way for the space-rock that is HUM.
In 1995, HUM's first big break came with the release of You'd Prefer an Astronaut. The band finally had it's place and sound. Stars was by far their biggest hit, landing them air time on mainstream television and radio shows.
Revelling in the minute success of their last album, HUM released Downward is Heavenward in 1997 through RCA. Here again, Talbott's voice creates a space-like sensation. Apollo houses a great story of love lost.
Soon after, due to failed album revenue, HUM was dropped from their label and the members sought out different musical ventures. Talbott went on to form Centaur, which, in 2003, I had the pleasure of witnessing at The Set List in Warrensburg, MO (no longer in business...sad face.) Imagine your living room. Put a small stage, pool table, bar, four tables and about 20 people in it and you have The Set List.
Centaur came complete with animated, lighted Christmas deer, laser lights, strobe lights and a colossal sound which permeated the souls in the room. I have a "Jess & Matt Talbott" picture but haven't been able to find it in some years.
Centaur released In Streams in late 2001. Talbott also lends his talents to Indie rock back Open Hand.
If you're having trouble sleeping at night, or would like some killer company on a nice afternoon drive, pop in HUM. You'll find that the catchy harmonies and lyrics stay with you throughout the day. Not the annoying kind of "stay with you." The good kind.
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Jessica is the webmaster for Missouri Valley College and past graphic designer for The Marshall Democrat-News. She participated in the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra and currently enjoys creating promotional art for local bands and venues.