Once again, one of our favorite Alt-Indie Rock bands delivered what we think is one of their greatest songs yet… And that’s no joke! “Month End” with its music and ethos behind it, it’s a beautiful composition on the not-so-beautiful realities of modern work ethic and boss figures. It’s truly a blast! And with a beautiful music video too!
I’m very excited as today one of my favorite bands in the world is making a comeback. Their new single “Month End” is their second single off their upcoming album set to release early this year. Following their last single Kid, Hyooman keeps their chilled Indie vibes in what might be one of the greatest songs of the year, hands down!
The single is accompanied by a beautiful animated music video that presents what looks like a “psychedelic slick mage“, who is in fact the representation of a boss. A boss who only cares for numbers, money, and success.
“Month End” refers to the deadlines and demands that usually occur at the end of the month. The song is a caricature of a boss or authority figure who explains what it takes to succeed and make money. I wrote the song out of frustration with the demands that jobs and society make on people in disregard of their wellbeing. It’s an environment that rarely sees people and only looks at numbers and figures.” – HYOOMAN
The chorus of the song is brilliant and catchy AF, the loosen vibe of the whole track holds you with a sensation of warmth, caring, and love. Absolutely magical. The music video was illustrated and animated by Andrew Tomten, its concept was inspired by the animated vignettes in
Sesame Street and Schoolhouse Rock!
“In the same way that these videos explain letters and counting, “Month End” explains how to
succeed and make money (as told by the authority figure in the song)” – HYOOMAN
I had the amazing opportunity to interview these guys, and you can read their responses right here, only in Less Than 1000:
MDZN: Hi guys! It’s truly an honor to be having this interview as I’m a big fan of yours. I really loved your singles Half Brain, Kid, and now Month End. It is excellent work, for real! I guess my first question would be, how, when, and where do you get your inspiration from?
Elise (keys): I get inspiration for keyboard parts by listening to a variety of music, and also draw inspiration from the band. Everyone has a different take on writing music and it’s really helpful to get an outside perspective. Sometimes I am just stumped and it helps to throw it out to the group and go from there.
Dillon (bass): For Hyooman it’s pretty easy to draw inspiration from Leng’s demos. They’re pretty fleshed out by the time he sends them out to the band. I mainly look to get a tone together that compliments the other elements of the arrangement and will sometimes build a longer line that connects chord tones. I’ll use the vocal melody as a guide for rhythm and emphasis; whether it’s constructing a part that coincides with the vocal or is counterpoint to the vocal.
McCoy (drums): Cats are inspiring. They have floating collar bones and totally don’t care about social media or Spotify plays. If a cat made art of any kind, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t care what anyone thought about it. Inspiration is whatever you want it to be.
Leng (lead vox, gtr): I get my inspiration from listening to music. Music can put me in the mood to write or play music and sometimes that’s enough to create something. I wish I knew when and where I get inspired because I would capitalize on that every time. Unfortunately, inspiration comes and goes for me. It could be a week or months before I feel inspired.
MDZN: I know you recently recorded your upcoming album. What was the experience like? I imagine it was a lot of fun but also a real challenge. Did you have any limitations because of COVID? How long did it take you?
Elise (keys): The experience of recording the album was really new and exciting for me, and of course, just a great time working with and hanging out with my friends. There were obstacles with covid but it is just a part of the album now and it will be interesting to see how the next album sounds by comparison.
Dillon (bass): I’d say about 40% or so of the album had us all tracking basics together in the room at the same time, another 40% had just McCoy, Leng, and myself present working up rhythm tracks, and the remaining 2 songs I wasn’t present for the initial tracking. The sessions in which we weren’t all tracking together at the same time were a result of us trying to keep our social circles small at the height of the second wave. I’ll admit it was tough to navigate and I had to force myself to not show up to one or two sessions.
Counter to that was the filming of the video for Half Brain in early spring of 2021. That was such a release of all the tension built up from isolation. Everyone had a damn blast finally being able to feel somewhat safe about being social again.
Tamara (gtr): Recording our first album was so heckin’ fun. Coming together as a new band while getting hit with a pandemic was definitely a new process, but we were able to navigate and be vigilant by taking necessary precautions with masking up, only going in the studio a couple people at a time, staying socially distanced, etc. Despite navigating the pandemic and being a completely new band recording the album went pretty smoothly, was such a fun creative process and we’re so excited to share it with everyone! GOOSH!
McCoy (drums): Our sessions were pretty scattered over the course of months when distancing guidelines allowed. As a producer this was good and bad. Sometimes when there is a long time between working on something, you can kind of lose the thread but I think we did our best to stay on the same wavelength. It also forced us to track some songs more individually than others, but I think the final product still sounds cohesive.
Leng (lead vox, gtr): For a period of time, we could only have so many people in the studio at a time – so, naturally things took longer. In hindsight it might’ve been a blessing in disguise. There was no need to rush. Initially I expected the album to be done in 7-8 months and we finished in about 10 months which isn’t so bad (all things considered). Like everyone said, I had a lot of fun making the album.
MDZN: And finally, could we have a little insight of what your album will be? How many songs? Do you have a release date yet?
Elise (keys): The album from my perspective is like life… joyful, funny, tinged with sorrow at times but above all hopeful.
Tamara (gtr): It’s gonna be pretty neat
McCoy (drums): We are going to release it exclusively as an NFT. 69 songs headed your way on April 20th
Leng (lead vox, gtr): I like McCoy’s response. But there will be 10 songs on this album and as of now, it looks like we will be releasing it in March. We’ve gotten comparisons to Alex G or 90s bands but I don’t really have a good perspective until it’s released. I usually let the listeners make comparisons.
That’s it for the interview, hope you liked it!
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