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Weaving soaring, at times haunted vocals through rock-derived folk, Cleveland’s Humble Home has intertwined the darkest corners of Americana with a rollicking energy since 2009. Free-spirited and wild-eyed, the 2012 release of In Our Sleep, the band’s third and most sonically expanded EP, saw their rustic ambiance take new life through a collection of melodic, stomping anthems. Maintaining the experimental lure of their debut EP Prologue to Doubt, and its follow-up, Wicked Men, these four young Midwest gentlemen have established themselves as masters of crafting their storytelling with a nod to the cinematic and a versatility that is all at once voyeuristic and captivatingly human.
While the more minimalist acoustics of Prologue to Doubt and Wicked Men allowed an intimate showcase for the echoing lead vocals of Nick Wise and accompanying vocalist/guitarist Matt Hectorne, the blues-tinged, multi-layered chamber pop progressions of In Our Sleep give new depth to the album’s narrative as they deconstruct themes of loss, our unconscious state of mind, and the questioning and rediscovering of faith. The full-time addition of drummer Anthony Foti to the band’s songwriting efforts in 2011 marked a newfound force in the barreling, full-bodied rhythm section that lends itself to the chemistry of Foti and bassist Jeff Sutton.
Teaming up with Cleveland craft studio Bad Racket, they debuted In Our Sleep’s matured panoramic sound as part of the renowned Live from Bad Racket series in a video for “Too Young”. Leading up to the album’s release, Humble Home returned to perform at Cleveland’s Brite Winter Festival and Weapons of Mass Creation Festival, sharing the stage with Pomegranates, Gregory and the Hawk, Saintseneca and other local up-and-comers. The band was invited in July to be a part of Cincinnati’s inaugural Bunbury Music Festival where they played alongside indie heavy-hitters Death Cab for Cutie and Minus the Bear.
To record In Our Sleep, Humble Home entered Dave Douglas’ (Relient K) Danger House Studios in Cleveland for the first time. They again worked with longtime partner Doc Harrill to master the record at local Synergy Studios. The band’s self-released EP debuted to a high-energy audience at its Grog Shop release show in September.
©2012 Nicole Delamotte