The "Are You Dead?" EP is the debut release of The Humms, a band from Athens, GA. Athens has also brought you acts such as Flat Duo Jets, REM and Pylon.
"Are You Dead" features four original songs recorded and produced by the band independently. The tunes range from the upbeat title track "Are You Dead" to the sarcastic ballad of "No One Wants to be Alone on Valentines Day". Recorded in the rural area of Northeast Georgia, the tracks were picked up by London based record label Oddbox Records, and slated for release in the UK where it was met with some of the highest critical praise in years.
The release of "Are You Dead" in the USA was threatened when the local postal service in London went on strike, thus prolonging the release of this dirty, dusty gem.
"Are You Dead?" has a great surf feel to it with a brilliant pop chorus. Quite Pixies-like in it's approach, but much more melodic with a few twists and turns in it like Mercury Rev on amphetamines - certainly far from the two-chord end of the garage spectrum. If there's any justice in the world this would be a huge hit! "Do The Graverobber" is also totally great, as is the rest of this manic, wildly inventive and goddamn catchy-as-shit EP. Best thing I've heard in ages."
---- The Sheffield Phonographic Corp - (Sheffield,UK)
The "Are You Dead? (EP) took a mere one second to hook and reel me in! The fevered WHOOP that precedes the rattling garage groove won me over immediately ; A fantastic release, and if any song is going to top 'Are You Dead?' for Song Of The Year, it's going to have to be pretty special."
---- This Elegant Chaos - (Scotland/UK)
"The songs are simple and enjoyable with the likes of Are You Dead? being as catchy and contagious as swine flu. However highlight for me is the “Southern Comfort” blues sound of LSD Is Evil! that sounds like it’s being played at a bar in a Louisiana Swamp! A great EP that has encouraged me to seek out more."
---- Indie-MP3.co.uk (UK)
"It (Are You Dead?) carries a flick knife and is destined for a rumble on the wrong side of the tracks. Think of the way the Raveonettes drew on the fifties and you have a similar idea, but not as close to plagiarism as that band."
---- Russell's Reviews (Oxford, UK)
"The Humms punch and brawl and get physically violent with Rock 'n' Roll. They might win"
---- A New Band A Day - (UK)
"Their lysergic graveyard take on rock'n'roll seems equally inspired by rockabilly, Big Star and Nuggets, and is one of those fascinatingly out of time melodic three minutes at a time bands you come across every so often."
---- Sweeping The Nation - (UK)