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Have a little faith with Humans

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

Humans have been making their way in the music world as of late with their much anticipated full length NOONTIDE which was released on February 24th. Being one of Vancouver’s most influential tastemakers in alternative electronic music, they are eager to showcase the new progression of their sound with us at Celebrities on March 28th!

Before this though, get a better picture of Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq as they talk music and artistry with us.

As Vancouver locals, what is your impression of the industry here and what is it currently like for up and coming artists in this city?

I find that the city is growing and so is it’s music community. We have tons of great acts here and I’m not sure that HUMANS would be where we stand today if we had started this project elsewhere.

If you could describe in 3 words, the mood that NOONTIDE is supposed to evoke in your audience, what would those be?

Open – the – door

What does this new LP mean to you? In terms of your career progression and the evolution of your sound?

It’s like opening a new chapter in terms of recording artists. We finally got to work with a great producer, Nik Kozub and we had access to a studio with all the gear we could’ve had on a wish list. I can’t wait to see what the next album is going to be like if this is how things progress.

Why is innovation and experimentation such a big part of your duo and musical style in general?

You only get the best results from trial and errors. I find it displeasing when bands don’t try out new ways of doing what they are comfortable with, I hope to never end up in that route.

How did you come up with your logo? It is quite unique and eye-catching. Are there some intricacies embedded in it that fans might not be aware of? 

We talked about the cover for a year and a half. I sent Robbie sketches every so often and the response wasn’t quite there ever. I knew that I wanted something simple and Iconic, something you can recognize easily and from a distance. One day, Robbie and I went to an art gallery, FIELD, and Brandon Cotter had a piece behind the bar, we both liked his and Ali Bruce’s style and decided to go with something in that direction. Robbie does this thing, putting his fingers in front of his face when he’s excited, so that “image” with the title “noontide” all worked and so I painted the damn thing.

There seems to be sort of an innately dark, progressive, and multifaceted feel to a lot of your sound. Is this intentional or does it stem from the experimentation side of things as mentioned above?

Thank you :) I think that’s just something that we like and comes natural to us so it would be both intentional and gets accentuated from experimentation.

The music video for ‘Follow’, is very powerful and suspenseful. As I understand, it was actually directed by Peter. What was your guys’ experience in making this video and what was the inspiration for the atmosphere and angle you took?

Peter Hadfield (DOP) and I worked on the video for “Wicked Games” together and wanted to do something else. Peter Had said he could get a guy lit on fire and so I came up with a story. Robbie said that he liked it, it remind him of The X-Files. It took us a year and a half to finally do the video because of funding and by then, Peter Hadfield had moved to Toronto, the fire guy was M.I.A. Thanks to Joseph Klymkiw the producer on the project it all came together in the end.

This might be an unfair question, but do you have a favorite track off the new LP? Why this one?

At the Beach. It was done at the studio while recording the album. It was late one night and we were playing the 707 drum machine from the track “Faith” on it’s own. Robbie wrote a bass line on the 101 synth and started saying “I’m at the Beach”. We then finished it that same night I remember. We all sang “I’m at the beach”, even Nik Kozub, in the engineer room wasted and dancing. Fun memories.

Catch them at their NOON TIDE Homecoming Album Party at Celebrities on March 28th.

By Tyler Bowes

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