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22 February 2006

Hailing from deepest Dublin, Humanzi are the sound of a thousand lost souls screaming for one last tune at 7am at your own house party. With no time to call the police, we decide to join in...

Recently voted 'best newcomers' in Ireland's Meteor Awards, the Irish scuzz-rock fourpiece are currently tearing through the UK as they gear up to invade various festival tents this summer - including Reading and Leeds according to our festival spies. In fact they're in such a hurry we could only interview them over email. It's not like we're scared or nuttin...

VF: Greetings Humanzi. Apparently you got together after fighting like a bunch of rabid animals? What's the deal?
H: Ahh, we love each other really, it was nothing. There haven't been any fights since then.

VF: Does that kind of primal behaviour have any bearing on the name Humanzi? If not what’s the story?
H: Its all about conspiracy theories.

VF: Which band would you be slightly worried about if you spilt their pint while down a dark alleyway?
H: We fear no one but ourselves. 

VF: How would you describe your sound? Rock'n'roll Kasabian some might say?
H: Apparently so! That's what we were told by a mate who put it on our MySpace 'sounds like' section, which we thought was pretty funny but not really how we'd describe us. Our sounds is more like the war cry of a thousand lost souls screaming for one more tune in your mates house party at 7am in the morning.

VF: You’ve said you’re influenced by a joint love of dance music. Do you still pop down your local superclub armed with glow sticks from time to time?
H: We’re more influenced by rock'n'roll really but we love people who can sometimes bring an element of dance in there, like The Clash with their funk influence.   

VF: Dance music is dead. Discuss.
H: Well the day of the starstar DJ might be dying and to be honest they get way too much money anyway. But music you can dance to is very much alive. Just look at the bands that are doing really well at the moment - Franz Ferdinand, Artic Monkeys, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. There are still loads of danceable elements in there.              

VF: What do you think of the current crop of new bands? Which are your favourites?
H: A lot of good bands at the moment, and a lot of bad bands I couldn’t name names

VF: You recently said you’re playing more gigs in the UK than you are in Ireland. Are you worried you might do a George Galloway and piss off your home support?
H: Not at all, the truth is that there are just way less venues in Ireland than the UK, so we've got to play the UK as much as possible.There are only so many venues you can play in Ireland without repeating yourself to soon. It's all about the ratios!

VF: Talking of ratios, we've heard your tour bus gets pretty nasty. Are you generally dirty boys?
H: Not at all. We’re good Irish Catholics, what are you talking about?!

VF: Are you doing any festivals this summer? We've heard you're doing Reading and Leeds?
H: Yeah, we're doing most of them but are still to confirm exactly what and where.

VF: If you could headline any fest what would it be?
H: It would definitely be Benicassim in spain. I was there as a punter two years ago and it was the best festival I was ever at. Not only did I get to see Lou Reed and Primal Scream outdoors at four in the morning but when the gigs stop at 6am you take a stroll down to the beach and wash of the nights sin. It’s the most chilled out festival I've ever been to and you don’t have to queue for an hour for a beer.

VF: What are your plans now?
H: Our plans now are to release the album, tour everywhere, and achieve world domination.

For now you can check out Humanzi's sound at their official site or at their MySpace page The band are currently on a UK tour with Dirty Pretty Things

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Article by: Ross Purdie

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