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Humming House Brings Indie Americana to Funky Biscuit

Though its sounds harken to the folk music of Ireland or the bluegrass of the Appalachian Mountains, you've probably never heard anything just like Nashville five-piece Humming House.

Crafting music with the mandolin, fiddle, and upright bass, singer Justin Tam can see how Humming House might be typecast as bluegrass or folk. But he thinks there's more variety to its music. "We play a form of Americana music, but we grew up listening to Death Cab for Cutie and Arcade Fire, so there's definitely some indie rock in us."

Tam grew up in San Diego and moved east to Nashville for college and hasn't found a reason to leave. In 2011, after hosting a regular night of Irish jams at his house dubbed "Finnegan's Folly," he found several like-minded souls to complete Humming House. Though the new album is the band's third, Tam sees it instead as a second debut, since it's Humming House's first with the current lineup.

"We played those songs for a while on the road, so they were battle-tested before we went in the studio," explained Tam. "I guess like a lot of bands' second or third albums, this one is about travel. We have one song, 'Great Divide,' about taking a risk pursuing music. We wrote it going through Colorado seeing a majestic mountain while touring through the West for the first time. We had made this crazy decision to pursue music."

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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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