Undeniably, one of the most individual and innovative new bands I’ve come across lately has to be Hull’s phenomenal five-piece, Low Hummer. So, securing an interview with them was a great moment — not least because they’re scoring the radio plays and acclaimed magazine articles! Read what Daniel had to say about the band below…
RECORD WEEKLY’S INTERVIEW WITH LOW HUMMER
Hello hello! How are we all doing?
Hello! We’re great thanks — ready to get back into the swing of things.
For sure, it’s been a strange year, I can’t sugarcoat it. What’s the current vibe within the band about post-pandemic goings on?
We’ve actually been so lucky; we’ve managed to continue to work when possible and get a lot of recording done during such a turbulent time.
However, the vibe is that we’ve not been together for two months now. We started rehearsing together again this week though, which has been full of really nice moments because we’ve really missed each other…
(Don’t tell them I said that)
Let’s dive straight into the forming of Low Hummer — when, where, how?
January 2019! Three of us had been in a previous band and chucked ourselves into the idea of working on new stuff, so we wrapped up with the previous band and worked on something a little more electric-sounding in the studio.
We had gigs booked for the previous band, so we switched the name on the gigs to Low Hummer and gave ourselves a month to find new members to join us for those shows. Those people ended up being our singer, Aimee, and keys player, Steph, who we both knew a little bit through Hull’s music scene.
If you could describe your sound in three words, what would they be?
Resilient, Northern, Sorrow
Which artists have been the most influential while cultivating that sound?
We started with Pixies as common ground, though most of the band like Velvet Underground (besides John), so that helped. We’ve been listening to lots of Broadcast recently due to our producer, Matt, telling us to!
Since you started the band, what have been your biggest accolades and achievements to date?
I think just getting the likes of Marc Riley, Huw Stephens and Jack Saunders supporting us on Radio 1 and Radio 6, by playing our first few singles, has really kept our motivation going as we’ve still barely played any gigs!
No doubt — that first Jack Saunders play is pivotal! And Huw Stephens always gives the good stuff airtime.
Talk us through your most recent release and what it’s all about.
‘Never Enough’ was written in lockdown one, practised between two lockdowns and recorded before the one we’re in now!
Matt, our producer, really helped, as we didn’t have a lot of time together before going into the studio. Themes about cultural isolation and joy divisions were our main inspiration while in the studio!
Can you give us an insight into what’s next on the agenda for 2021?
We’ve recorded so much stuff in the studio, it looks like we’re ready to put out an album this year.
That’s amazingly exciting!
Yeah, that’s our main focus, and we’re all really excited about the idea of releasing a body of work as a band! We know we’ve changed so much in the studio, so the next few months will take a lot of relearning and getting ready for gigs. But we’re praying they’ll come soon enough!
Whether you can’t wait for their album or you need to introduce your ears to their already-released tracks, you can find Low Hummer on Spotify and follow them socially on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.