Dog Faced Hermans – Hum Of Life

January 23, 2009

“Orchestral instruments, including viola, trumpet, and saxophone, were combined with such oddities as hippo tube and foghorn to create the ultra-loud post-punk sounds of the Dog Faced Hermans. Although the group disbanded in 1995, the members of the Dog Faced Hermans remain active. Bass guitarist and steel drum player Colin McLean worked with Pere Ubu vocalist David Thomas before become a full-time sound engineer for the Ex. Guitar, hippo tube, and viola player Andy Ex went on work with the Ex, Kletka Red, Little Red Spiders, and the Magpie Dance Company. Nigerian-born vocalist and trumpet/bells player Marion Coutts relocated to London, where she played briefly with Spaceheads and works as a sculptor and lecturer. In addition to playing drums with Rhythm Activism, Wilf Plum has worked as a DJ in Amsterdam and had led his own group, Johnny Distance & the Web Riders.

Though this album suffers a little from the lo-fi recording quality, the sound of this exceptional experimental rock/post-punk unit can miraculously transcend the misgivings of poor recording quality with pure energy and high innovation. As far as inventive post-punk groups go, Dog Faced Hermans are certainly on a par with the Ex and early Sonic Youth and remain criminally overlooked in the scheme of ’80s post-punk. This release is not as strong as the jaw-dropping masterpiece Those Deep Buds, but is still a phenomenal display of inventive post-punk which draws on folk, free improvisation, and sound of Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band circa Doc at the Radar Station. If one can imagine that group fronted by Sandy Denny, that could be a good analogy for this sound.” –

The Dog Faced Hermans
Hum Of Life
MediaFire Download Link

01. Jan 9
02. Viva
03. Hook And The Wire
04. How We Connect
05. Love Split With Blood
06. Wings
07. White Indians
08. Hear The Dogs
09. Love Is The Heart Of Everything
10. Madame la Mer
11. Peace Warriors


  1. |

    thanks for the great review …we plan to rerelease this on LP in spring 2009 ..on mississippi records….cheers andy

  2. |

    Thanks! :)

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