Holy Hum

Holy Hum

Bryan William Myers

Fri · May 4, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


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Holy Hum
Holy Hum
In the winter of 2011 I was on tour with my band. The days were short, it was cold and the heat stopped
working in the van.
I got a call from my dad one day somewhere between Edmonton and Calgary while we were still on tour.
He told me that he was very sick. I turned the van right around, flew my band mate back home, and I went
to be with my dad at a small hospital in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan. He had a very rare form of thyroid
cancer and the doctors told us he had only three-to-six months to live. I spent the next month being by my
father’s bedside, in hospitals, until he passed away.
While spending a lot of time in hospitals, I was made acutely aware the machines keeping people alive.
The hum from these machines took on a transcendent meaning for me and this is where the idea for Holy
Hum was borne. But not before I kind of quit music, quit the band, left my label and basically disappeared.
During this time, hiding out, I felt the freedom to experiment artistically and musically. I had no fan base to
appeal to, no labels or agents to answer to. So I started writing and recording music for no reason other
than to communicate something to myself.
For the first time in my life I was nurturing and stimulating the musical side of my brain along with the
visual art side of my brain that had been dormant since finishing art school. After graduating in 2008, I
had pretty much worked on either discipline exclusively. With Holy Hum I was bridging and infusing those
two parts. I started expanding what I thought were limits to a musical or sound-based experience.
All Of My Bodies​ was largely recorded at my home studio, with drums and a lot of the vocals, done at
The Unknown, Phil Elverum’s studio in Anacortes, WA, along with the entirety of track, “White Buzz”. The
album was recorded between 2013 and 2015, then mixed and mastered in 2016. The process was
lengthy because I was learning the recording software as I went along.
The first thing I released as Holy Hum was an hour-long track called “Appendix C”, on New Year’s Day,
2015. All Of My Bodies​ was largely finished, but it made sense for me to release ambient pieces that
were in some ways appendices to the more narrative full length album. Followed by a 7” single, “Appendix
A + B” followed in the spring of that year, released on Kingfisher Bluez (Xiu Xiu, Dirty Beaches, Laura
Viers, Allison Crutchfield).
Holy Hum encapsulates the space in my mind where I think about sound, whether that be in strictly
abstracted forms, like in art installations in galleries, or in a standard post-rock format at a concert venue.
With Holy Hum I have been able to put on varied performances, from a strip mall in East Vancouver, an
installation in an abandoned fur vault, a performance using only salvaged organs found on Craigslist, the
Vancouver Planetarium, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Kunstradio in Vienna, and outdoor festivals, adapting
to the venue based on acoustic and aesthetic considerations.
The songs from All Of My Bodies​, my debut full-length album as Holy Hum, are the result of this time in
my life. – Andrew Lee
When not making music, Andrew Lee likes to cook, recently rediscovering his cultural identity through his
mother’s Korean recipes. Lee rides a 1972 Honda CB 750 motorbike, he restored himself, and does
enduro off road racing on vintage motorbikes.
Bryan William Myers
Bryan William Myers
After touring and playing roadie/bass with a band that broke up almost as immediately as it began, I decided to go to a recording school out in Chillicothe, Ohio in the autumn of 2008. While my friends were celebrating a Phillies World Series victory, I had my brother send me out a FireStudio interface and a busted mic. I started writing lyrics to beats, coming home from recording school with expectations of starting another band. Drugs seemed to win the war in our town of South Jersey. So I found a job working as an audio engineer in around the city of Philadelphia. Through that job, I started working as a roadie/sound guy for a Beatles impersonation band. I did that for three or four years, just starting to write my own songs on an acoustic guitar. Alone in the dark.

That led to me recording with my brother's Tascam. I wrote my first songs on that thing to 1/8th tape.

I shared some of those recordings. "Sounds like Bright Eyes." Okay.

After that, I did some "traveling". Around in circles, I went, back and forth between Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Colorado. I wrote songs about my experiences and what I saw of the people I stayed with. I kept the songs mostly to myself. Sometimes I posted videos of those songs to the internet. It felt strange. I didn't know what was happening.

I kept writing, no matter where I was or what I was going through. It was a release for me.

Finally, I got my own place in South Philly. I borrowed my brother's iPad to start demoing the songs I'd been aggregating between 2010-2015. I liked recording and I used the style of Elliott Smith whereas I'd record one live take with me playing the guitar and singing at the same time. I repeated that for a second track. That was my sound, I figured.

I put those songs on a Bandcamp. Played some open mics. Kept at it. Got into a groove of writing and recording, posting new stuff each month.

Additionally, I've had freelance journalism, poetry, fiction and nonfiction published for various digital publications. I've self-published four books, including rejections, poetry and a novella. I also paint.
Venue Information:
Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs
1248 N. Front St
Philadelphia, PA, 19122