September 2, 2016

Premiere: Human People - "Cancer"

Human People gives a shout out to Cancers on their latest track.

New York-based grunge princesses Human People have kept busy this summer with a constant lineup of gigs and recording their new EP, titled Veronica. Human People’s songs carry sharp hooks and a loud, raucous energy that could swing even the most cautious punk into the mosh pit. Last fall, I saw Human People perform for the first time at the Silent Barn and was blown away by the sheer joy and energy the band exuded together on stage. Each member adds their own unique touch that amplifies the visceral power of the overall sound. I remember repeatedly thinking, “This is the point of music,” during the show as everyone around me couldn’t seem to stand still.

Human People tears down walls while centering on all of the confusion and frustration that comes with being young in contexts like friendship, identity and dreaming. Veronica is a strong collection of quick, blasting rockers that combine the spunk of Sleater-Kinney with the pure swagger of Bratmobile. The three-track EP was recorded at the Velvet Palace in Westchester last spring and will be out on September 16th via Yellow K Records. The foursome turns toward heavier sounds than their previous efforts on Veronica as their grip on melody, pacing, and composition demonstrates the grave austerity of nineties post-punk. On the track "Cancer," Hayley Livingston validates her emotions with conviction as she tackles the challenges of being a Cancer in the zodiac spectrum over sneering guitar riffs. Livingston’s punk pop poetry is clear and literal, granting her mood swings with urgency as she sings in a dead-cool drawl, “I’m sorry sometimes I get emotional / I’m sorry I can’t help but get unreasonable.” Human People push through ecstatic swells of grunge, as every measure and lyric is given the fullest state of passion. At the end of the song, the line “I’m just a Cancer barely hanging on” is repeated until it's no longer a sorrowful realization, but instead takes on a second meaning as a powerful accusation.

Human People on “Cancer” :

We wanted to put something short and sweet before working on our first LP, so we recorded this EP with our friend Danny Milliambro (aka Danny Christmas) up in Westchester. The song 'Cancer' uses astrology to rationalize misunderstanding between two people. The theme of not being able to relate carries throughout the other songs on the album.


Listen to Human People on bandcamp.

Abbie Jones, who will sing along to every Liz Phair song at karaoke by heart and is always down to get milkshakes past midnight. When she isn't writing about music, she is playing drums in her band or hosting shows in her backyard.