More Than Just Hum, Anything but Failure
By: Cynthia Haithcock and Josh Gooch
The unimaginable happened in Charlotte at the Neighborhood Theatre in NoDA as bands Failure and Hum took the stage. For fans of both bands getting to catch them live was a tall task as album-releases and performances have been all but absent since the late ‘90s. Failure reformed in 2013 and had a great time performing so they decided to record a new album which resulted in The Heart is a Monster released this year. Out on the road, in support of this new album, the band has joined forces with Hum for a select few dates and Charlotte was very lucky to be a part of this tour.
It seemed nobody was late for this show as the theatre floor was packed early for Hum to take the stage. In spite of no album-releases since 1998’s Downward is Heavenward fans of the band were beyond-excited to see Hum take the stage immediately throwing out song requests and repeatedly thanking them for even coming to Charlotte.
The band roared through a varied selection of tracks from their catalog and in my opinion did not disappoint in delivering an amazing mix of songs showcasing the best of their classic catalog. It was clear that getting to see Hum was a big deal for everyone there, as praise rang out in between songs and ‘thank you’s to the band have poured out over social media.
With little downtime between sets Failure took the stage and their was just as much excitement as the band opened with songs “Hot Traveler’ and “A.M. Amnesia” from their latest release before mixing in some classics. After a few songs into their set an issue arose with the sound which forced the band to take a short break and upon return picked right back up where they left off.
The break did not hinder the mood in the room and it was awesome to look around and witness fans singing along and thoroughly enjoying a performance from a band that many thought they may never get to see perform live.
This night was many years in the making, overall. Failure and Hum may not be the first names that come to mind when thinking back to the Guitar driven sound of rock in the late ‘90s but the bands themselves have shaped a whole generation of rockers as evident in the faces in attendance, many of which a part of today’s Charlotte rock scene.
Failure with Hum:
08-14 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
08-15 Royale Boston Boston, MA
08-16 College Street Music Hall New Haven, CT
09-13 Riot Fest Chicago, IL
09-16 Belly Up Tavern Solana, CA w/ Mineral
09-17 The Regent Theater Los Angeles, CA w/ Mineral
09-18 Slims San Francisco, CA w/ Mineral
09-20 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR w/ Mineral
09-21 The Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC w/ Mineral
09-22 El Corazon Seattle, WA w/ Mineral
08-18 Lee’s Palace, Toronto, CA
08-19 Saint Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI
08-20 The Vogue Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
08-21 Metro, Chicago, IL
08-22 Bourbon Theatre, Lincoln, NE
08-25 Summit Music Hall, Denver CO
08-26 In the Venue, Salt Lake City, UT
08-28 The Showbox, Seattle WA
08-29 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
8-31 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA
10-25 Aftershock Festival, Sacramento CA