featuring Toyah Willcox, Bill Rieflin and Chris Wong
, Kid Savant
Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 8:00 PM EDT
(6:00 PM Doors)
Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
Full dinner menu available
General Admission Seating
First come, first seated
$10 min. per person at tables
The Humans are an innovative, three-piece contemporary rock band comprised of Toyah Willcox, Bill Rieflin, and Chris Wong. The group, a brainchild of Toyah Willcox, brings together three lifetimes of musical experience, experimentation and craftsmanship.
The group was formed in 2007 after Willcox was invited by the Estonian ambassador to tour Estonia. Highly experimental, the band reflects the distinctly different musical backgrounds and life experiences of its members. Dispensing with the conventional rock band line-up, the DNA of The Humans consists of the voice (taking much more of a role as instrument) flanked by two bass players, with no designated drummer or guitarist. Although recorded and live work can include programmed drumming, beats or guest guitar, the intention is to allow space for the vocal to sit above and alongside the soundscape rather than compete with the noise of a rock band.
Before they had ever set foot into a recording studio, The Humans premiered their material in 2008 with a sell-out series of concerts in Estonia attended by the Estonian president. These songs then formed the basis of their debut album We Are The Humans, which was recorded in Bill Rieflin’s hometown of Seattle and was released in 2009. The album received its UK digital release in September 2009 along with the band’s first single, These Boots Are Made For Walkin’, a provocative, 21st century twist on the Nancy Sinatra classic.
The band marked its first ever live UK appearances with a series of warm-up concerts in the very intimate and beautiful surroundings of St. Michael's & All Angels Church and St. Anne's Church, Worcester. These were followed up by dates across the UK. The group was also invited to perform at The Roundhouse for the Helping Haiti fundraiser concert. The tour culminated in a headline date at London’s Scala, yielding a 4-star review from the Financial Times, which concluded that the band's performance was an “intriguing, often terrific, show” with “programmed beats, sinewy, rumbling rhythms, [and] a kind of twisted funk."
The Humans have dedicated three years to establishing their sound, songs, and performance. Crystallizing what is at the core of The Humans’ manifesto, the album Sugar Rush bears a cinematic density with stirring moments of exhilarating energy ("Sugar Rush"), tender contemplation ("Love In A Different Way"), and brooding soundscapes ("Sea Of Size").