Sacramento band The New Humans celebrated the release of its debut EP, “Avalanche,” with a high-energy show at Townhouse on Saturday.
“Avalanche” comes out later than expected, after the band experienced a futile lead singer search (synth man Scott Simpson eventually took on vocal duties) and scrapped six months’ worth of recording, but these past hurdles were not apparent at the show.
After a quick warmup set by Favors downstairs and a rare performance by Dusty Brown side project Little Foxes upstairs, Simpson wasted no time going crazy onstage and setting the tone for the rest of the night.
The New Humans also includes Robbie LaCasse (bass), Mike Steez (drums) and Cole Cuchna (keys). The four bandmates played tightly together. The set was long on catchy, electro-pop tracks, and several sound single-worthy.
There were no lulls – deep bass, hooky synth riffs and soaring vocals kept the full house whipped into a frenzy for the entire show.
Simpson takes on his frontman persona with gusto, screaming into the mike and running around on stage while his bandmates hold down the pounding beat. Standout tracks were "All the Kids," "Fever" and the Muse-y "Avalanche."
The New Humans are planning a fall mini-tour in support of their EP to continue getting their music out. If the packed house and sweaty crowd at the end of the night at Townhouse meant anything, they should have no problem getting a few more people dancing.
4-8: Little Foxes
9-15: The New Humans