Vaguely Human’s embrace of anarchic sensibilities and frenetic lyrics are no obstacle to their catchy, palatable melodies.
“I believe the punk approach comes through in the music in a way; the music is very mellow, but the ideals are somewhat there. There is a middle finger hidden somewhere,” says drummer Guy.
When describing the local four-piece’s sound, it would be more expedient to list the musical sub-genres they don’t come under. “Foot movin' progressive hip hop, acoustic rock and in yo' face punk!” Guy declares. “Our rhythms very definitely come from our heavy rock background, whereas the lyrics have more of an acoustic hip hop vibe, so it just kind of progressed naturally when all four of us got together.”
Lead singer B-Grade did not grow up in a house that was supportive of his genre-defying exhortations. "My parents didn't play music. They got me into piano early and I didn't like it; later on in life I found the guitar and picked that up, and I went from there. I reinvented my love for music again.”
Lyrical mastermind B-Grade has lofty goals for the eclectic quartet. “Basically, we write our songs as stories, and part of what we do is try to take a look back at the human condition from the outside and try to identify stories of people that really resonate in the human experience, and how we draw together through our diversity, and that creates that human condition that we talk about.
“At the end of the day you can't force it down some people's throats. You've just got to expose them to what you see, and hope they draw a message from that. And even if it's contrary to what you meant in that song, at least they're thinking. And I guess that comes back to that ideal, you know — think for yourself, don't be homogenised. That's definitely a strong element through a lot of our songs."
“We'll give you the story,” adds guitarist Vegas. “We'll give you the characters, we'll give you the scenario, but it is for you to decipher.”
Vaguely Human play the Jam N Beats Festival at Club Greenslopes December 14.