Trio Humble from the seaside town of Kiama have released their album ‘There’s Still Time’: an intriguing collection of refined chaos that is as utterly compelling as it is fun. Ranging from the raw delicacy of The Go-Betweens to the swagger of the New York Dolls, the troubadour musings of Jonathan Richmond to the clattering post punk sounds of The Fall, the genetic influences are many and varied but the delivery is swaggering and assured. And the band can jangle too, with shimmering sounds (‘First Losers’).
There is a brutality and rawness to the sound and yet at times a delicate pose and a lyrical dexterity. Harmonicas come and go, the guitar are unadulterated and unadorned, the vocals observant and wry, the rhythm section insistent and pounding. A bit of blues filters through (‘Infinity Mirror’), a bit of southern rock (‘Forced Perspective’), a lot of post punk bristle and fiercely antipodean vulnerability.
‘There’s Still Time’ is out now. Catch Humble performing live at Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney on July 2nd, with CJ Stranger and Poncho Green tickets and details here.