“Part of Being Human” is the new album from China-based Humans Etcetera, now confirmed for September release through Nefarious Industries, who today issues its cover art, track listing, preorders, and lead single, “Gone”.
Humans Etcetera is an experimental rock outfit and passion project of China-based American singer, songwriter, and recording artist Christopher Henry. Primarily a solo endeavor, occasionally infused with collaborative performances, the music of Humans Etcetera is created in the time between work with his other bands: Fuck Your Birthday, Polyphozia 怕繁杂 (both in which Henry is the singer/guitarist), and Night Tides 潮汐狩猎 (in which Henry’s on drums). Beginning in 2012 as an outlet for recording experiments and songwriting, Humans Etcetera continues to be an integral piece in Henry’s ever-expanding musical output.
Humans Etcetera’s eleventh studio album, “Part of Being Human”, is now confirmed for release, appropriately delivering eleven new songs. The record sees Christopher Henry performing vocals, guitars, bass, keyboard, and drums for the entire album, with backing vocals from Lin Xiaoyang on the song “Lovebirds”. Henry recorded and mixed the tracks in Wenzhou, China and also created the cover art, after which the record was mastered by Pinggong in Yiwu, China.
Nefarious Industries will release “Part of Being Human” digitally and on limited edition cassette on September 30th, 2022.
The first single from “Part of Being Human”, “Gone,” is now streaming below. Henry reveals with the song: “‘Gone’ is one of the more chaotic songs from the album and, given the subject matter, that’s pretty much by design. War is probably the most unfortunate part of being human. Many people, often young people, tragically lose their lives to the existence of it. The song evokes the abruptness and violence of war with its angular melodies, off-kilter beats, and flurry of harsh vocals. It also leaves room for introspection. The middle section softens, and it feels like a soldier having an out-of-body experience mid-fight, thinking, ‘I didn’t draft up such a plan. Wouldn’t have dreamed I’d bleed for this land’. It’s heavy stuff, for sure, but it demands contemplation. News and movies often desensitize us to the loss of life rooted in war. Music can have a different effect. Here’s to hoping, I guess”.
Pre-order “Part of Being Human” here.
Watch for new videos and additional audio previews of “Part of Being Human” to post over the weeks ahead.
1. Trick in the Book
2. No Refund
7. Ask Someone For Help
8. No Reply
10. All Tree No Bark
11. Gold Coast