Opti Club Presents: BAIO (vampire weekend dj set) w/ Hume
Thursday, September 13th 1:00AM
Hume is an experimental vibe band from Washington, DC. In full form Hume kicked off in 2008, the constantly metamorphosing product of guitarist/bassist/composer Britton Powell’s high school philosophy class daydreams and basement-recording sessions. In these early days, Hume was hard to pin down. One minute it was a solo-project, the next it was a group of free-form improvisers, then a string quartet, and finally a full-fledged band performing expansive art-rock in a giant 12 foot octopus-shaped sculpture. One touring line-up of the group featured two drummers, two basses, and three saxophones performing a single 30-minute through composed piece that Powell wrote during a six-month trip to India. Whatever was going on, it was always interesting.
Now settled into a quartet, the group is inspired in equal parts by James Brown’s touring band and the art rock titans of yesteryear. After a year of cloistering themselves in a group house basement for rigorous practice sessions—the quartet has found the balance between composition and spontaneity, riding knotty prog-riffs and heavy minimalism into deep transplendent bliss-outs.
Every band dreams big, but Hume dreams bigger.