So it’s not entirely true that opposites attract, but it is true that when two opposites get together, things become a lot less mundane. This is certainly what’s happened between Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq, the musicians behind Vancouver indie-electro-pop dance duo, HUMANS.
Their debut EP, Avec Mes Mecs, which translates into English as “with my friends,” or “with my bros,” is just one facet of HUMANS sound, which the two say is never going to be the same twice. Just when you say “I think we found our sound, we find something else,” says Ricq. This state of flux is essential to HUMANS’ sound, as much as it changes it.
HUMANS bring together the big beats of Ricq’s past as a warehouse party promoter/performer and the melodic sensibility of Slade’s days as a firefighter-turned-folk musician. The title track, written after what Slade calls “many days of absolutely brilliant partying” following New Year’s Eve, is a celebration of being together. With the refrain, “who knew that all we had to do was party”, serving as the clarion call for all those looking to come together in a mess of bodies and smiles. HUMANS capture the blind, full, captivating joy of letting everything go for a while, and giving into the fun. After these debauched days, which Slade says were “about as tame as you can be spending three days drinking without clothes,” Ricq taught him how to use a 505 Arpeggiator and side by side, the two wrote out their experience to the beat.
Both are most comfortable in a state of flux, leaving when the party reaches it’s peak, always trying to break into something new, which is HUMANS will did with their anticipated follow up Traps, which released in April 2012. Their 2nd EP had critical claim and great radio success on the collage level. Traps hit #1 on Earshot Electronic charts and #5 on CMJ RPMS. Resident Advisor awarded a 4/5 and the record was featured in XLR8, Prefix, Indie Shuffle, Spinner, Interview Magazine, Rcrd Lbl and they scored the cover of Beatroute Magazine.
Always listening for new songs, styles and sounds, Slade and Ricq hope to expand from a duo to a full band to take on the road in 2014 and build on last year’s tour success, which includes feature slots at Osheaga, Squamish Fest, Bass Coast, SXSW and CMJ.
The boys have a brand new album in the pipe, produced by Nik Kozub (shout out out out out). The untiled record will be HUMANS first full length, due out in May 2014.
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