SNAZ talks to The Human Value
The Los Angeles music scene in recent years has not had too much to boast about as most of the interesting stuff has come from less heralded cities, that may now change with the dynamic 3 piece The Human Value whose personal is hypnotic vocalist Turu, guitarist extraordinaire Hiram and flexible drummer Lynnae, they make a sound that has equal parts Gothic, Arty, dramatic and interesting and will surely appeal to fans of Nick Cave, P.J. Harvey and beyond and they are here with me chatting over a cup of freshly brewed coffee to give us an insight into the world of The Human Value.
Tony. How did you get together?
Turu. Well Hiram and I and Lynaee and I have been friends for a long time but this project is about a year and a half old. Hiram and I decided to give it a shot, we had always wanted to work together, I had worked on some of his projects before and he had worked on mine, I also wanted to bring in Lynaee for a long long time but before Lynaee was available Hiram and I worked together and we knew straight away that we had something, something really great.
Hiram. We were out making a record in Nashville just after a couple of months.
Tony. So because you were friends did you influence each other musically?
Turu. I think we both influenced each other, he had an incredible record collection and helped me discover a lot of different styles of music I hadn’t been into, in fact his band in particular Kittens for Christian had really inspired me on my own projects.
Hiram. Likewise I had been a huge fan of Turu’s vocals.
Turu. We had never been the main players in our previous bands and we weren’t sure what we could do.
Tony. How has the response been to the band?
Turu. It’s just been great all-round, we just set out to do something true, something that we could just express ourselves with, it was just the two of us and we let it take it’s natural course and we started trickling it out and the response was positive, we experimented with a couple of line ups and then Lynaee was available finally and it clicked.
Tony. Was it a conscience effort to form a 3-piece lineup?
Hiram. No, not really, we experimented with a 5 piece and with all sorts of people and then it was reduced to just four and then finally as we are. That’s how it’s been since March of this year and basically we’ve been on tour since then.
Turu. We were amazed just how much power we have as a 3 piece; we fell in love with it. However you can make it work is the way you should go, it’s been fun and it’s been great and we all get along so well and we’re happy.
Tony. Have you set out with any kind of image in mind?
Turu. We got kind of pigeonholed with the Goth scene but we’re not picky about it either way.
Hiram. That is one of the reasons why we came to the U.K. and maybe I’m being a bit naive but I see the barriers being a lot more blurred here.
Tony. Do you think that with a band like yours you would have to have a killer single to get recognition in the States?
Turu. You would need a 150.000-dollar budget to be able to get that off the ground.
Tony. Do you think that there is such thing these days as an L.A sound?
Lynnae. I don’t believe there is an L.A. sound.
Turu. Maybe there was when a band like X we’re on the scene.
Hiram. For those of us who live in L.A. you have to get out of L.A. to make something happen.
And so it went as the conversation spilled on with these articulate and interesting Americans who faithfully believe dear old Blighty can light the spark that sets them on an adventure.
The Human Value are here for three months, so try to catch them on one of the many gigs they hope to play here – better still, beg steal or borrow the impressive debut self titled album on Big Deal Records … It’s a black and white kaleidoscope of sound. Catch The Human Value at The FLY Club on the 26th September.
Interviewed by Tony Bartolo