Vampire Hours

by The Humms

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1.
Lady Low 01:33
Lady Low Pretty to her toes And everybody knows That she’s my lady Yeah she just doesn’t show it Cause she just doesn’t know it There she goes Cocaine in her nose Blood stain on her cloths But that’s just my lady Yeah she just doesn’t show it Cause she just doesn’t know it
2.
Howl 01:03
Just let me take it out Show you what it’s all about You’re gonna run and shout Probably have your doubts You like to run your mouth But that don’t amount to me Somethings you won’t allow But you better learn how Cause let me tell you now The wolf’s gonna howl
3.
Hello, good evening Tell me, how was your day? Was it filled with it? Something special for you, you say? Hey, hey It’s just a drop in the bucket Other people, they say All kinds of stuff and make You lose track of your way Hey, hey
4.
Sin Wash 02:28
Did I hear you ring? Wound up upon the scene I never saw her look quite as mean A sinful washing machine Looks like I got a fish on the line I’m feeling fine, taking my time Gonna let it unwind Made up my mind I put my foot on the gravel To take the road less traveled Just looking for a face I know Looking for a good time to-go Well I wonder what could keep this feeling? Lay your hand on me and give me healing Spirit flow from the floor to the ceiling He said “boy, you’re gonna change a million” ha
5.
Blue Bite 03:18
Keeping on your toes As it grows No one knows To bite the dust Get old and rust It’s a must The ever-change
6.
Miss No One 08:27
Like a train coming off track Place the call Accept it at once Rabid dog She’s showing Her teeth You’re alive Buried beneath A sigh Instant release Spirit’s high Resting in peace A disease Waiting to catch Little child Left with a match Far from god Who is she? Far from god That is he I used to love myself She only hurt me Miss No One but herself I just wish I would die I just wish I could die (God’s done had/made a mess) Far from god that’s where she is
7.
Sun Tunnel 01:06
8.
Tu cara observar Rompecabeza Ey sonar comodidad But your eyes they tell a different story It’s no surprise they find it so easy to ignore me Ever let it grow on into your brain Never let it grow it’ll drive you insane Forgive me if I can’t remember your name Sometimes it’s just too easy to forget
9.
P.G.P. 02:23
I got a problem Overdue We’re gonna solve it Starting with you I got a problem Have hope for one good thing We’ve heard that all before You would take everything Then ask for more I got a problem It’s overdue We’re gonna solve it I gotta problem It’s overdue We’re gonna solve it Starting with you
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11.
Merry Days 03:00
Merry days Not to waste Fraction out Take it in Now that taste Those things you face Weigh you down On the wrong side of town There were days You would say Giving up Go away It’s the same
12.
Fangs 01:17
13.
Forward Cue 03:19
Rural case I knew their face Remember well Stories we’d tell Now I’m on My way to hell So will I get so high There is no Fix to this Upsets you No follow through With a flaming head Glowing red The fuse is lit No stopping it Forward cue I’ll follow you It takes time Keep that in mind
14.
Wicked Mind 02:47
Wandered up from below Got all my ducks in a row Conjured up quite a glow Could you believe it? No Oh my wicked mind We got caught Wasting time Thinking thought She’s a friend of mine They say it’s not insane If you feel that, good There’s a lot that’s strange Built the nerve for a go She left here so long ago And though time truly showed Did it convince you? No Oh my wicked mind We got caught Wasting time

about

"Grim motor-psycho music that goes from growling Steppenwolf jams to delightfully strange jazz/krautrock diversions."

— Joseph Keyes, Bandcamp (New & Notable)


"Starting out with a suggestion of Merseybeat and then destabilizing the relation as it goes along, but keeping the movement of the harmony coherent."

— Kevin Dunn (co-producer; The B-52s, Pylon)


"The result is a collection of songs that are hauntingly beautiful and authentically strange."

— Jessica Smith, Flagpole magazine


"It's not everyday an album containing psychedelic folk, sludge rock, and 60's style surf rock inspired tunes comes along, but 'Vampire Hours' is exactly that. In many ways, it's a throwback album that still manages to look to the future."

— John Slights, NPR (Athens News Matters)


"There are easygoing folk-rock elements mingling with what sound like diffusions from desert ghost-town saloon shadow figures engaged in a séance."

— Jeff Clark, Stomp & Stammer magazine


"If Lemonland sounds like souvenirs from a hallucination, Vampire Hours sounds like a calling card from the end times."

— Charlie Farmer, Sound & Soul Magazine


"It makes me think of Smiley Smile if it were carjacked by vintage ghouls."

— Kenny Tompkins, Yellow K Records


"A strange juxtaposition between the heavy and acoustic sections. Maybe some folks will find this innovative, but I find it unsettling."

— Marty G, Palm Beach, FL.


“This new release from The Humms yanks the listener from the ghoulish psychedelia of ‘Lemonland’, thrusting them deep into a depraved and possessed saloon in 17th century Transylgeorgia, spinning through violent and resplendent waves of dusty, mescaline-dipped Mai Tais, screaming for the life they once forgot, shadow boxing the vampire they’re afraid to admit they are.”

— Jared Cobb, The Peacock Observer


"The long-awaited and, unfortunately, previously delayed new album Vampire Hours by The Humms is finally out now, a full decade after 2010’s Lemonland. As longtime fans will expect, it encompasses smokin’-n-kickin’ garage rockers (“Lady Low,” “Level With The Devil”), groovy and funky soul numbers (“Howl”) and tastes of tiki-tinged exotica (“Easy To Forget”). This album is a real expansion, though, and there’s a cinematic quality to the open-highway bliss and worry of tracks like “Blue Bite” and “Miss No One.” Similarly, the galloping charge and retreat of “P.G.P” is unlike anything they’ve done before. Most importantly, though, is the unbelievably tender and reflective “Forward Cue.” While not exactly a love song with discernible subjects, it’s very much a song on resolve/resignation with an ambivalent longing and, perhaps, a jaundiced eye towards any actual resolution. It’s just stunning. At least it stunned me."

— Gordon Lamb, "Threats & Promises" column


"The band moves in a million directions but always with a sense of purpose. The Humms have successfully created an album that is not only addictive and creative, but one that proves this band can hold its own in today’s music scene."

— Vanessa Bennett, Performer Magazine



Well, it’s nearly been a decade or more since the last humble haunting cast forth by Athens, Ga musical group, the Humms.

Formed in 2008 by Zeke Sayer, the Humms arose through a DIY spirit of writing and producing songs, accompanied with a revolving crew of characters, helping compose initial recordings.

Circulated under their own record label Gypsy Farm, the demos established an early fan base with one such track Are You Dead? catching the ear of Trev McCabe, who subsequently released it on the then blossoming London label Odd Box records, in 2009.

Following that, the Humms toured throughout the Southeastern U.S. while pinning new songs to be released on their first album, Lemonland – again released on Odd Box, with an additional release through Bachelor records in 2010.

Standout tracks included “Don’t Think About Death”, a gritty throwback to early 1960’s surf garage-punkers entangled with ominous guitar riffs and then “Uncle Sam Took My Baby Away”, possibly the posthumously channeled lyrics of one Joey Ramone, but with a country-fried twang.

Shortly before the summer of 2013, the band abruptly ceased all live performances, giving no explanation. Some of the group toured internationally, while others sought work in rural churches.

Then in early 2020, amid a developing pandemic, the Humms released “Lady Low” serving as the first official single out from the yet-to-be released album.

Now with all walks of life, ghost and goblin, forced out of sync, there seemed to be no better cue for the resurrection of a group, long since recognized with having a peculiar pulse of rhythm, in a time of the unknown.

These are the vampire hours.

Plez Jay
Staff writer for Parkertown Publications,
a subsidiary of the Gypsy Farm Network.

credits

released September 29, 2020

Cody Martin: percussion on track 8.
Dave Kirslis: slide guitar on track 4.
John Bleech: drums on tracks 11,12,13.
Laura Carter: trumpet on track 8.
Matt Garrison: bass, backing vocals, guitar.
Nate Buffington: backing vocals on track 6.
Zeke Sayer: vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keys.


Recorded 2013-2019 at Gypsy Farm in Lavonia, GA. Engineered and mixed by Zeke Sayer. Additional engineering on "Miss No One" by Ian Hemerlein. Mastered by WJAY.

Special thanks to Janice and Clem Sayer, Matt Garrison and the Garrison family, John Bleech, Cody Martin, David Kirslis, Nathan Buffington, Kristen Jarrett, Jared Cobb, Laura Carter, Hot Dog, Nathaniel T. Mitchell, Andrew Rieger, Garett Hatch, T.S. Woodward, Marshall Walker, Jimmy, Ian Hemerlein, Garrett Carpenter, Jake Stargel, Matthew Pendrick, Bryan Brown, Dave Martin, Jim Willingham, Eric Larkins, Gordon Lamb, Tim Peyton, Steve Hunter and the Ghost of Boogie.

Vampire Hours / The HUMMS – 2020 – Gypsy Farm Records

"Lady Low" video produced by WJAY / Parkertown Productions
youtu.be/FFiIP8UVXVk

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