I decided to sit down and listen to Humanities and their debut self-titled EP. This ‘noise rock’ band from Toronto really left me speechless and not in a good way. Noise was all I heard amongst the drone-like sounds of sloshy guitar that was reminiscent of Nirvana. It was confusing to the ear. Yes, I got the sense of emotion from the songs, but they all sounded the same and a third of the record wasn’t at all necessary or appropriate for an EP. Let me explain.
The opening track, “Century of the Selfie,” actually got my foot tapping and made a powerful point about this generation being mindless and stupid. The problem was that I really had to struggle to find that connection as the song wasn’t memorable at all. The singing and musical licks all sounded similar and it ultimately felt like I was listening to a long drone of musical noise. I give them credit for this though because I know that’s what they were trying to do after labeling themselves noise rock, but it didn’t work for me. My biggest issue was the use of filler tracks on this record. The instrumental one to two-minute interludes between songs made it seem like I was listening to a weird pseudo almost-Linkin Park style DJ mix with rock, but not with the same effect. Those types of tracks should be saved for a full-length album, not an EP. Instead of being four songs, like this record should’ve been, it was six, which I felt to be completely unnecessary. If you disagree, however, please give these guys a listen.
Written by Rian Cunningham
*edited by Danielle Kenedy