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Human Behavior – Bethphage

Tucson noise-mongers unleash their latest weird and warped sounds with Bethphage. It’s time to get dark…

beck-n-andyFeel good pop music is all well and good, and it serves a purpose for sure, but sometimes let’s be honest – we all like something from time to time that tickles our ears and leaves us with a sense of unease. Human Behavior are the band that manages to do exactly that, with their wonky lo-fi vocals and layers of creepy harmonies. The album’s opening track is somewhat deceptive, masquerading as a happy go lucky Arcade Fire style folk rock tune, but in reality there is a darkness lying underneath that is more akin to Earth or even the doom metal horror of Sunn O))). Through their use of folk instruments, Human Behavior bring a terror into their sound, with a new age, pagan feel that is all hazy at the edges – blissed out and psychedelic, while weaving in a peculiar splash of americana into the mix. There’s a sense of unease running throughout the album – be it on the dark hymn of ‘Chapter 2’, the Pixies screeches of ‘Chapter 3’, or the relentless pummelling rhythm and beat of ‘Chapter 6’ – and depending on your frame of mind at the time of listening, you’re likely to either get lots in its deliciously dark folk-drone, or otherwise find yourself running for the hills for peace and solace. As for me, I’ll be getting stuck in for some more of Bethphage‘s intriguing eccentricities.

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