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Humming House Bio

Turning on the radio, computer, or television can seem like a gamble, at best. Each new tuning offers a deluge of anxieties to greet us. In the face of this 21st century tumult, Humming House is on a quest. They do not want to wish away the pain and fear all too real in our lives, but to put those elements in conversation with the elements that sustain us: hope, partnership, even joy. And so, their newest album begins with Tam's unmistakable voice intoning, "I want to be your companion." It's an appropriate beginning for a band who has built itself on complex musicianship and careful collaboration. They know the value of hard work and compromise. Their music is evidence of the thrill of creativity.

Humming House is Justin Wade Tam, Bobby Chase, Joshua Wolak, and Benjamin Jones. The band formed organically out of jam sessions that Tam held in his living room in East Nashville-evidence that some of the best projects come from spontaneous collaboration and the subsequent seeing it through. Now, three albums and six years later, Humming House continues to embody what is best about the Nashville each transplant chooses to call home.

What Humming House does so well is paint sonic landscapes that are at once compelling and honest, even in the most rollicking of songs. Revelries, Humming House's second full-length album released in 2015, was largely influenced by the band's history of touring. Its songs revealed the power and revelations that come from travel. Companion, to be released by Soundly on the 6th of October 2017, continues to pursue that which transforms. In part, it is still movement, movement that comes easily to the body as well as movement driven by the unease we daily brush up against. What's most powerful about Humming House is their ability to be present with you, to take those moments in life that seem mundane and shift the lens so that they are rendered extraordinary. Theirs is a music of presence.

Humming House maintains that sense of intimacy that derives from making music with friends altogether in the same room. It is fun combined with substance. With Tam's sincerity, Jones' groove, and Chase and Wolak's charm, their live shows extend the invitation to participate. As Dustin Ogdin observes in No Depression, "Humming House exudes restraint and a wily intelligence. They never pander to their crowd, but do respect them. They also seem to understand that the best music comes from an exchange between artist and audience rather than simply one giving and the other receiving."

These essential traits of Humming House are evident in Companion. The story of the album mirrors the story of the band: it's one of collaboration, experimentation, and showing up for each other over and again. There are songs of hope and of desperation so that the prevailing mood is one of exchange and balance. In the spirit of experimentation, the band threw out the constraining rule that they would only write with acoustic instruments. While those sounds still center the creative impulses of the songs, the added electric experimentation and expanded instrumentation imbue the new songs with a dynamism that is irresistible. Tam notes that the "extremes of the record in emotion are wider on this album. There's more desperation, but there's also fun and an upbeat aspect that's more joyous." The first half of the album is infused with Indie Rock, especially in songs such as "Can't Stay Away," "Takin' Over," and "Make it Through." The influence of quirky 90s rock, a la Cake, is there too. "Takin' Over" adheres to the Humming House desire to move you and is emblematic of those moments in our lives where the rhythm of the things that we love: music, friends, family commandeer our bodies until we're compelled to move in joy.

"Sign Me Up" and "Companion" nod to Paul Simon, while "Silver Lining," "Find What Waits," and "London" gesture to Humming House's long engagement with classical composition and songwriter driven melodies so strong in the realm of Americana. The album isn't all hip swinging bravado; halfway through, "Silver Lining" will stop and compel you to attend to the broken things that shape us. "Make it Through" and "Hope in My Head" are prisms to transform difficult days into livable ones. "I Want It All" does justice to the nostalgia and influence of a favorite album, while "Sign Me Up" conveys the increasing distance between our digital, urban lives and the ecosystems that sustain us.

"Wishing Well" is a late album gem. It opens with the observation, "Be patient with the ones you love / because we're not here for long enough / to judge," and so the song is an invitation to come to terms with our collective humanity, a difficult enough feat in the current torrid climate of politics, environmental concerns, and general unease. Thankfully, Humming House is dedicated to honest songwriting, attending to the complex interactions that shape us, and is committed to being present with us in their albums and live shows. What choice do we have but to respond? Theirs is a music that places us.


New "Companion" Video from Fan Content

Humming House Friends and Family,

We are putting together a music video for our new song "Companion" and we want you to be in it!

We'd love to include our friends and fans' home videos and special life moments in this music video. Please send us video clips of you and your significant other living life together, from the most mundane to the most momentous of moments. These videos can be pre-existing clips or feel free to film new ones specifically for the project. Emphasis on FUN!

Examples of clip ideas we'd love include of you and your companion:

Existing memorable moments: birthdays, weddings, proposals, anniversaries, first dates, and vacations.

Enjoying life together: Washing the dog... or cat.... or peacock...going on a walk, cooking dinner, dancing in the kitchen, home projects, hiking, biking, parties, going out on the town, road trips, snow angels, and quirky fun times.

Filming suggestions:
1. We'd like video clips to be filmed with a smart phone. Landscape orientation is HIGHLY encouraged.
2. Full color clips are preferred.
3. We'll only be able to include a few seconds of each video. If possible, please trim the clip down and let us know which portion of the clip you'd like to include.
4. No nudity please!

Technical Delivery (it's easier than it sounds, we promise):

1. Please send your video clips via We Transfer to
- Import video from your smartphone to your computer.
- Open web browser and go to
- Click 'I agree' button.
- Click 'Add Your Files' button and select video file OR drag video file to 'Add Your Files' area.
- Next, add your signed waiver form (link below) by clicking 'Add Your Files' button again and selecting the signed PDF or jpeg.
- In 'Message' section type "Companion Video Submission + YOUR NAME."
- In 'Email to' section type
- When video has loaded, click 'Transfer' button.
2. Each video MUST include a signed waiver form to be considered. Please sign this waiver and include it with your We Transfer submission: Your video will not be included if you do not email us your signed waiver form.

Boring but essential legal disclaimer:
Humming House reserves the right to select the final videos that will be included in the music video. We cannot guarantee that your clip will be in the video. We'll do our best to include as many as possible, however due to technical and thematic limitations we will not be able to include everyone. There will be no financial compensation for video clips.

Each selected video will MUST include a signed waiver, which you can find here:

If you have any questions, let us know!


VIP Ticketing Program

We've partnered with Applauze to start offering exclusive, VIP ticketing perks at select venues this fall. In some markets, this will include a new, exclusive screen print. In others, VIPs will get a full artist meet-and-great, early venue access, an intimate acoustic performance from the band, and other exclusive merchandise!

You can buy upgrades, when available, from the tour widget here (just to the right of this text!) or via Applauze.


Maybe I'm Amazed

A couple of years ago, we worked on a collaborative cover track with Jill Andrews and Sam Bush. The three of us were working with the same booking agent at the time, and decided to work up his favorite song -- Maybe I'm Amazed, by Sir Paul McCartney himself -- as a wedding gift to him.

Today, we've decided to release that track to the public! Read (and hear) all about it in this brilliant write-up in the Huffington Post.


Run With Me - New Video!

In case you missed it in the banner at the top, check out our new video and our illustrious, non-professional-acting doggos here.


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12.02.15 10:28am
C H I C A G O ! Mark your calendars and tag your friends - we are coming 2/19 to @beatkitchenbar for Dunn Dunn Fest! πŸ“·: @tyaubs
12.01.15 7:42pm
@lulubeangifts hooked up our #humminghounds with some amazing doggo treats - check 'em out if you need gift ideas for a doggo lover!
12.01.15 3:52pm
ALL items in our online store are 20% off and all tshirts are 50% off. Tshirts have limited sizes so get 'em quick - we are retiring the designs forever and getting new stock in 2016‼️no code needed - prices are adjusted.
11.30.15 11:29am
Happy Sunday πŸ™Œ
11.29.15 4:36pm
THANKFUL for our HH fam and all you wonderful friends and fans. We are the lucky ones. πŸ“·: @melissamadisonfuller
11.26.15 6:41pm
THANK YOU NASHVILLE AND @lightning100 WE LOVE YOU FOREVER‼️ πŸ“·: @jondicus
11.23.15 1:55am
Nashville November 2014. Can't wait until tomorrow! 📷: @kelseycherry
11.21.15 9:27pm
[video] CHECK OUT OUR NEW SONG πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’₯πŸ”₯
11.20.15 12:12pm
Good hangs at @lightning100 this am! We're on in a few minutes playing a brand new song - tune in Nashville!💥
11.19.15 11:19am
Debuting this beauty at @3rdandlindsley this weekend πŸ’₯
11.18.15 6:34pm
Prepping some brand new tunes just for you Nashville 😯 see you Sunday @3rdandlindsley !
11.18.15 11:08am
We need an eagle emoji πŸ†˜
11.16.15 11:25am
Show ready πŸ‘‘
11.15.15 8:45pm
SOLD OUT tonight in Columbus & one week til @3rdandlindsley in Nashville💥 📷: @tyaubs
11.15.15 5:14pm
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11.15.15 1:45pm
Folks in & near Lancaster OH - we are playing a benefit at Fairfield National Bank tonight and they just released a few more tickets at the door! Come on out - doors at 8:00 / $25. Tomorrow night at Natalies is sold out so if you missed out on Columbus tickets come hang this evening!
11.14.15 7:16pm
Awesome night. If you got any photos from the show tag them with #humminghouse ! Thanks again Knoxville! πŸ“·: @garrettthomson
11.14.15 3:24pm
Thanks for throwing down with us last night Knoxville! We'll be back soon! Columbus - see you tomorrow night at Natalies! 📷: @annaclairscott
11.14.15 9:06am
K N O X V I L L E! Word on the street is the secret show tonight is sold out BUT @knoxmusicscene released a handful of tickets to our portion of the show ONLY for $11! Get yours πŸ”œβ€ΌοΈ
11.13.15 11:14am
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NASHVILLE! Album release party @canneryballroom !
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NEW MUSIC! The wait is over! πŸŽ‰@BaebleMusic just debuted Takin' Over the 1st single from our new album. βš‘οΈβš‘οΈβš‘οΈπŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸΌ
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