“Recorded, produced, and lovingly hand-packaged by fire-breathing frontman Zeke Sayer, The Humms’ debut LP is an 18-track behemoth of psych-rock energy.
The raw garage psycho-billy numbers that dominate their live shows are all here. The shotgun blast opener “Blood Sucking Vampire” establishes the band’s signature, sinister tone, and that tone lingers throughout like the stench of reanimated flesh, from the zombified swing dance “Buttermilk,” to the satanic surf of “Brown Haired Devil.”
In between these well-traveled live staples, however, the band shows off surprising versatility and a rarely seen softer side. Southern gothic-flavored acoustic numbers like “Uncle Sam Took My Baby Away” bring their spooky sensibility to traditional country, while the eerie, doowop-tinged “Strawberry Glue” sounds like it’s drifting straight up from the malt shop jukebox in hell.
For a band that specializes in ghoulish shocks - All of this diversity makes The Humms’ first album something of a mixed Halloween bag, full of a few tricks, a lot of treats, and not one lemon in the bunch.
Presumably, when life gave The Humms lemons, they made Lemonland.”
FLAGPOLE MAGAZINE - ATHENS, GA
Written by David Fitzgerald
released August 2, 2010
Recorded / Mixed in Winter 2009/2010 at Gypsy Farm Recording Studio / Shoal Creek, GA.
GUITARS, BASS, DRUMS, ORGAN, BANJITAR, PERCUSSION, SOUNDS and VOCALS by Zeke Sayer
BASS GUITAR on BUTTERMILK, FAT BAT, OH MY LAWD AND UNCLE SAM : Tyler Glenn
DRUMS on OH MY LAWD and LITTLE FREAKY GIRL LIKE YOU : Bleech
PRODUCED and Engineered by Zeke Sayer / GFR
BEN WERNER played BONGO DRUMS and OTHER PERCUSSION on BLOOD SUCKING VAMPIRE, STRANGER IN MY CAR, STRAWBERRY GLUE and JESUS LIED. BEN also assisted in the recording process while lending his face for the cover of this record. BEN was also good at fixing things when they broke and bringing things that weren't broke.
MR. BROWN played FLOOR TOM and TAMBOURINE on JESUS LIED, ESCAPE FROM LEMONLAND and SANG on the end of STRAWBERRY GLUE. MR. BROWN also assisted in the recording process and always brought ICE CREAM to the studio. To the left now.
MANY THANKS to CLEM and JANICE SAYER, BEN, MR. BROWN, SERRA FERGUSON , NATE BUFFINGTON, JACKY, TREVOR, ELMAR GIMPL, AL, WUXTRY RECORDS, MIKE TURNER, AND THANKS TO WHATEVER WATCHED OVER MY HEAD, THOUGH I NEVER SAW YOU
LAVONIA, GA - USA - PRINTED AND PACKAGED BY HAND.
Vinyl release courtesy of Bachelor Records. UK/EUROPE CD release courtesy of Odd Box Records.