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The Humms

Lemonland

(Bachelor; US: 16 Aug 2010; UK: Import)

The Humms’ Lemonland sucks listeners into a jagged yet spirited sonic landscape without any remorse. Often this happens before listeners suspect a thing. While “Blood Sucking Vampire” sounds like a straight-up country-infused punk jam, it quickly gives way to a sonic assault that is both catchy and intoxicating. “Uncle Sam Took My Baby Away” and “Buttermilk” give weight to the band’s psychedelic edge, and it’s one that cuts deep.


While the recording may sound rather forced, the raw, unpolished feel of Lemonland only serves to augment The Humms unadulterated approach. It’s a record that hints at further possibilities with gentle acoustic jams and spacey, whispering lullabies placed between some of the most punishing psych-influenced punk numbers that have, unfortunately, never been heard. There are thousands of bands that go unheard everyday, but when a record with such stark urgency and possibility like Lemonland goes largely unnoticed, that’s a crime.

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Joshua Kloke is a music writer and hopeless Toronto Maple Leafs fan who splits his time between Melbourne, Australia and Canada. He's contributed to The Vancouver Sun, Exclaim!, Beatroute, Beat Magazine, Time Out and veri.live.


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