York-based four-piece, The Howl & The Hum have just thrilled the airwaves with another statement track. Both exhilarating and atmospheric, ‘Human Contact’ is driven by Sam Griffiths‘ brilliantly intense vocal performance.
“’Human Contact’ is a fast-paced miserable disco touching on mental health and what it means to be alone in a digital age,” explains Griffiths. “The lyric deals with the idea of alienation vs technology – when there’s so much communication going on around us at all times, can we ever feel a true connection?
“The song has an intense emotional quality paired with its satirical message, aching to feel ‘something to die for…something to feel alive.”
“The music feels like a pulsing fever dream, descending and howling like hellish digital connections and currents. Inspired by Black Mirror, Godard’s Alphaville, 1984, LCD Soundsystem and our personal physical connection to devices, the song has an intense emotional quality paired with its satirical message, aching to feel ‘something to die for…something to feel alive.”
The Howl & The Hum – completed by Bradley Blackwell, Conor Hirons and Jack Williams – have been quietly honing their craft in their countryside studio outside York, whilst working with producer Jolyon Thomas (Slaves, Kendrick Lamar. This September they will embark on their biggest UK tour to date, kicking off at King Tuts in Glasgow before culminating in what will be a very special night at Scala in London. These dates follow recent appearances at SXSW and The Great Escape in Brighton, where they played to a packed crowd and saw hundreds of fans queuing round the block to get to see them. Already capable of selling out venues up and down the country, the band are set to jump to the next level as they quickly become one of the essential live acts in the UK.
‘Human Contact’ is out now. Full tour dates below.
23 – King Tuts, Glasgow
24 – The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
25 – The Bodega, Nottingham
27 – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
28 – Workman’s Club, Dublin
29 – Brudenell Social Club
01 – The Joiners, Southampton
02 – Scala, London
13 – Jimmy’s Grill, Liverpool
14 – Workman’s Club, Dublin
17 – The Adelphi, Hull
19 – Exchange, Bristol