Human People Premiere New Song “Jenny”
Debut LP Butterflies Drink Turtle Tears
Due Out 09/21 on Exploding In Sound Records
Brooklyn, NY’s Human People have teamed with The Alternative to premiere “Jenny” the second single from their upcoming debut full-length, Butterflies Drink Turtle Tears, due out September 21st from Exploding In Sound Records. “Jenny” is a perfect example of Human People‘s knack for packing huge hooks and an emotional punch into their spiky indie punk. Dual guitarists/vocalists Hayley Livingston and Marisa Gershenhorn’s lyrics often sit somewhere between vulnerable and sardonic, giving the album a feeling of close friends confiding. On “Jenny” Gershenhorn describes numbness to the pressures of outside expectations and internal frustrations as an actual robotic shell–a combination of humor and genuine angst that Human People excel at balancing. The Alternative praised the song saying “Hayley and Marisa’s writing on this track battle between an opening of dueling guitars and a catchy riff that sticks to your ears like peanut butter to the roof of your mouth.”
With Butterflies Drink Turtle Tears, Human People have made an album that’s somehow just as perfect for a crowded basement show as it is for night alone in your room staring at the ceiling. Throughout the record, Livingston and Gershenhorn explore isolation and the often frustrating desire for connection in a way that’s heartfelt yet biting; wearing flaws and dissatisfaction on their sleeves, always self-reflective but never apologizing for feeling. Butterflies Drink Turtle Tears is an album without pretension, full of the kind of openness and effortless chemistry that can only come from four best friends making music together; it’s palpable and infectious, and it makes you want to sing along with them.
1. Radiator Water
3. Black Flowers
7. Radio Flyer
8. Run Me Over
10. Mood Swings
11. In My Speakers
12. No Tides
09/21 Brooklyn, NY @ The Glove (record release show) w/ Thanks for Coming, Stove, June Gloom
09/22 Boston, MA @ The Farm (record release show) w/ Brittle Brian, Prior Panic
09/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits w/ Horse Jumper of Love, Bad Heaven Ltd, Soft Idiot
09/29 Cincinatti, OH @ The Hub w/ Leggy, Cigarette Bums, Lashes
09/30 Nashville, TN @ East Room w/ Leggy, Ralfie, Sam Hoffman
10/02 Richmond, VA @ Cafe Astrology w/ Leggy, Sibyl
10/03 Baltimore, MD @ Copycat, Unit b403
10/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Sunnyvale w/ Thelma, Slow Glows
Is there anything more human than the sense that maybe you just don’t belong? It’s that nagging desire for connection that won’t go away, no matter how frustrated or disconnected you may feel. For the aptly named New York four-piece, Human People, that tension between closeness and isolation fuels their raucous debut full-length, Butterflies Drink Turtle Tears.
Hayley Livingston (guitar/vocals), Marisa Gershenhorn (guitar/vocals), Vicki Guillem (drums), and Abby Austin (bass) met in 2014 amongst NYU and the city’s indie rock scene. They bonded over a shared love of classic punk, and soon after joined forces to create Human People. In 2016, they released two EPs—Sleep Year and Veronica—that blended the primal energy of early New York punk, the off-kilter tunefulness of ‘90s alternative, and the unbridled eccentricity shared by their community of fellow Northeastern musicians (bands like Washer, Stove, and Remember Sports). The band carved out a unique space with their wide range of influences (everything from post-punk to riot grrrl to power-pop), sharp lyrics, and energetic live shows, all the while navigating the existential messiness of college, interpersonal relationships, and one’s own inner dialogue.
On Butterflies Drink Turtle Tears, Human People offer their brightest hooks and tightest arrangements to date. But for an album so sonically confident, its lyrical sensibility has a distinct interiority. Gershenhorn and Livingston wrote their contributions separately and unexpectedly found their respective songs revolved around common threads of detachment and isolation. These are punk anthems that channel the unsettling sensation of being surrounded by people yet feeling totally alone. It’s a difficult to verbalize but universal frustration; the inescapable craving to connect with others while often finding nothing and no one to relate to. “California” displays the band’s sardonic side while revealing the kind of anxiety that often lurks beneath a care-free surface, and tracks like “Black Flowers” and “Jenny” explore how the gulf between yourself and everyone else can be difficult to bridge, especially when that withdrawal is self-imposed. Throughout the album Human People are vulnerable yet biting, wearing flaws and dissatisfaction on their sleeves, self-reflective but never apologizing for feeling.
With Butterflies Drink Turtle Tears Human People have made an album that’s somehow just as perfect for a crowded basement show as it is for night alone in your room staring at the ceiling. It’s an album without pretension, full of the kind of openness and effortless chemistry that can only come from four best friends making music together; it’s palpable and infectious, and it makes you want to sing along with them—we’re only human after all.