At once danceable and reflective, familiar and nostalgic, Humming House is a musical experiment gone right. Woven together from diverse backgrounds (Americana, classical composition, bluegrass, soul, and traditional Irish music), their playground of musical exploration has something for every generation. Unmistakable pop sensibilities mixed with a depth of lyrical narrative give their whimsical songs an irresistible quality that can only be described by the imagery of the name – Humming House.
Humming House is composed of five good friends. Justin Tam leads with a generous voice, stomping feet, and ukulele rhythms. Kristen Rogers backs him up with bountiful vocal harmonies and the skills of a master tambourinist. Josh Wolak on mandolin and background vocals offers a nod to bluegrass roots. Mike Butera’s viola and guitars convey a depth of melody and contour. Finally, Ben Jones on upright bass and kick drum provides the essential cadence to keep it all together.
We were so excited to hear what Humming House had to say about their funniest memory, their pre-show rituals and of course, their band name! Check out our interview below!
What is the strangest thing a fan has done for you or at your show?
Well I wouldn’t call these occurrences strange. I consider the following gestures to be pretty awesome compliments: One fan has tattooed the lyrics from “When The Dawn Becomes the Day” on their arm (I’m pretty sure it is on the bicep). Another fan has recently named their puppy Gypsy Django!
What is the funniest moment you have had as a band?
A male fan belligerently stripped (not quite all the way) in front of the stage and called one of our members a Greek Goddess! We’ll let you guess which member…
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
We typically all get in a circle and participate in a crescendo of humming… it sounds pretty lame, but it’s actually quite hilarious.
If you could describe your music in one word, what would it be?
Raucous-Meaningful-Fun – Do hyphenated words count?
How do you connect with a crowd?
It depends on the type of crowd and the type of venue. In a listening room we tell lots stories and almost have a conversation with the audience. In a loud club, we typically play fun/ironic covers and dance as much as possible.
How did you decide on your band name?
I really like what images the name Humming House conjures. It makes me think of a house with a vibrant community full of music lovers and art appreciators. It feels like a fantastic home where people like to dance, dream, and have a good stiff drink. Oh, and I also love alliterations…so it only made sense.
What is the best way to write music?
The best way to write music is on top of a distant mountain with a glass of whiskey and a good book. Or quite possibly…in the shower.
Catch Humming House playing at Eddie’s Attic THIS Sunday, April 14! Grab your tickets below!