JARVIS HUMBY – Assume The Position It’s… [2003/7]

Try as we might, no one here can think of a name more British sounding than Jarvis Humby. He clearly must be the king of mod-swingers, this Humby character. What you say? Jarvis Humby is actually four blokes? Well then, they’ve set themselves up to quite a task with a name like that. They even put images of Keith Richards, the Who, the Beatles and a friggin’ Union Jack on their album cover.
Fortunately, these Humby boys deliver everything they promise. Pure liquid adrenalin R&B, complete with fuzzed guitars, white-boy blues vocals and an omnipresent Hammond that coats everything with a 1964 flavor. “99 Steps to the Sun” could be the official follow-up to ? & the Mysterians'”96 Tears,” but they don’t leave it at that. Opener “We Say Yeah!” is excellent if typical garage rock until the closing holler of “Yeah, yeah yeah” that you can imagine soundtracking the toga party scene in Animal House (originally filled by Lloyd Williams'”Shout”). “These Eyes” sounds like R.E.M. sounding like the Byrds, with it’s antique 12-string tumble and “The 4th Man” is pure spy show/surf guitar goodness. Coming complete with white pants and Fender reverb, Jarvis Humby will make you want to grow your bangs, pop a couple of pep pills and head on down to Brighton to dance around and fight with the rockers. Vintage! [Joshua Glazer]

REAL COOL! UK Garage/Mod revival crew sole lp in the style of another legendary Brit gang THE PRISONERS. Little Steven likes ’em, Austin Powers likes ’em, Mr.Eliminator likes ’em… Check ’em out!

“A bunch of white guys trying to play black rhythm and blues and failing miserably. Thank God!”
[Little Steven]

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2 thoughts on “JARVIS HUMBY – Assume The Position It’s… [2003/7]

  1. Assume the position, it’s. . . One of my favourite albums, sadly lost in the haze of time. Any chance you could re post it please, I would be eternally grateful, Cheers.

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