There must be something in the waters of Massachusetts because it produces some fantastic melodic hardcore bands and you can add Oh the Humanity! to that list.
The band follows in the footsteps of A Wilhelm Scream and No Trigger by blending technical guitar playing at break neck speeds with heavy doses of melody. When done right, this style of music is incredibly infectious and you better believe that Oh the Humanity! does it right.
The band just dropped the lead single from their upcoming self-titled LP and you can stream it now at New Noise Magazine. “Wit’s End” is a hardcore punk rock ripper that offers a cathartic release of aggression against a backdrop of guitar-monies and shred. So skip your morning cup of coffee and give this song a listen. “Wit’s End” releases on all digital platforms on Friday, March 12th. Oh the Humanity! will release their Hellminded Records debut LP on April 16th, 2021.
When OH THE HUMANITY! formed in 2012 it was with the idea that this would be the band that these five friends from Massachusetts had always wanted to be in. Coming from various musical backgrounds running the full gamut of punk, hardcore, metal and everything in between, the goal was always to find the points where their separate interests intersected and hammer them into something they could enjoy together. This goal has become a continuing journey that runs from the practice space to the studio, from DIY dives to festivals, and anywhere else they are welcome.
Over the years they’ve continued to polish their sound which starts with a tight punk rock rhythm section, layers in thoughtful riffs, melodies, and harmonies from a tandem of lead guitars, and tops off with introspective personal lyrics, all delivered aggressively yet skillfully.
While the band constantly strives for a sound that is all their own they proudly recognize the influence that foundational genre-expanding bands like A Wilhelm Scream, Strike Anywhere, Propagandhi, and Strung Out have on their music. Call it skate punk, call it shred punk, call it melodic hardcore, OH THE HUMANITY! isn’t concerned. To them it’s rock and roll that they play for each other and for their friends, past, present and future.
Andy Hakansson – Bass
Chris Dilseo – Guitar
Chris Santoro – Drums
James SIvio – Guitar
Kevin Athas – Vocals
All songs written and performed by OH THE HUMANITY!
Recorded and Mixed by Sean Callahan at Q Division Studios
Mastered by Joe Reilly of Black and Blue Mastering Suite
Artwork by Charlie Robinson of Cutlip