Listen to Human People's New Single “California”

Photo Credit: Claire Dorfman

Photo Credit: Claire Dorfman

For Brooklyn’s Human People, California offers both a place to change your life and a place to go to die. “This song is a little tongue in cheek and a little serious,” singer Hayley Livingston explains. “I intentionally wanted people to be able to take whatever meaning they could from it. It seems like I could love California, I could hate it, I could feel very weird and conflicted about it. But ultimately the song is about the negative feelings that you can have regardless of a pleasant setting.”

“California” is the band’s second single from their upcoming debut LP, Butterflies Drink Turtle Tears. Listen here. Last fall they shared the first single, “Radiator Water,” and a corresponding video. The rest of the album is due out next month, via Exploding in Sound Records. 

The song is smug and snarly, with slurred vocals and garage-ish guitars. The lyrics take on feelings of being stuck, something that we all have. In the chorus, when Livingston sings “I’m gonna go to Cali-fuckin’-fornia/ It’s where I will die,” you can relate to the desire to get the hell out of dodge and escape, even if it’s just to go croak in sunnier weather.

Human People is made up of Hayley Livingston (guitar/vocals), Marisa Gershenhorn (guitar/vocals), Vicki Guillem (drums), and Abby Austin (bass). The four will continue playing shows at some of their favorite venues in Brooklyn leading up to their album’s release. We’ll be there and you should be too. 

Upcoming Shows:
09/01 Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville w/ Long Neck, Fern Mayo, Pom Pom Squad
09/21 Brooklyn, NY @ The Glove (record release show) w/ Thanks for Coming, Stove, June Gloom

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Track List:
Radiator Water
Black Flowers
Radio Flyer
Run Me Over
Mood Swings
In My Speakers
No Tides