Humour– Pure Misery

Engaging songwriting for unsure times …

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25 · 11 · 2022

Humour takes lots of kinds– dark, satirical, slapstick, and sarcasm. 5 young boys from Glasgow are redefining Humour as we understand it. Leadman Andreas Christodoulidis’ special shipment does not fit with standard concepts of singing, so to speak. His is more of a special brand name of narrative, stretched and angst ridden. Their launching EP, ‘Pure Misery’ is not always what the title recommends. It is a series of tales consisting of a few of the banalities of life, such as getting an MOT. Opener ‘Yeah Mud’ has a sense of childish liberty linked with a degree of nihilism. The juxtaposition is thrilling, as you bounce in addition to Christodoulidis’ transmittable interest.

With that interest flowing through your veins, Humour then lead you down an unforeseen course. Through a strangled, annoyed voice comes the refrain ‘I got ta inform you something’. It feels as though ‘Yeah Mud’ was the enjoyable, appealing attention getting tune, making sure the band’s audience is adequately connected to listen to the more important message being communicated in ‘Pure Misery’. Andreas advances in a nearly drowning, stupefied yet identified tone, informing his listeners that he’s ‘the one with the band, mannn’, an effort at discovering pride and identity in a saturated world. No doubt it’s a belief shared by numerous straw men, yet Humour are the ones bringing it front and centre, provided in a manner that drives a stake through the heart, planting a seed in the mind of the listener, covered by that oh-so remarkable voice.

Tropes of banality instilled with significance penetrate the remainder of the EP, especially when it comes to ‘Dogs’ and ‘Jeans’, while ‘Alive And Well’ handle that everlasting problem of being a pleaser, yet regardless of his best shots, “everybody is pissed off me …” Lastly, ‘Good Boys Remember Well’ is irregular in its story, leaping from relatively unlinked idea to idea, maybe a reflection of the unpredictability of youth, not understanding which course to attempt and take, not to mention which courses are open to young Glaswegian guys attempting to make something stick in the music market. It’s a truthful, clear while stopped up, concise while scattergun technique, and something about it merely works. An engaging, complicated, relatable and rather apt set of stories for these most unsure of times.

7/10

Words: Milo Wasserman

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