Lock Down Projects: Hummucide

Lock Down Projects: Hummucide

Throughout the lock down, I managed to keep myself occupied with a handful of mixing and mastering projects, the first of which to see public release was Live at the Arcade, the debut release from Wellington based minimalist-rock-jazz quartet Hummucide. Comprised of Toby Leman on tenor saxophone, Ben Stewart on keyboards & synths, Hugo Olsen-Smith on bass guitar, & Lennox Grootjans on drums, Hummucide emerged from the Wellington, NZ music scene in April 2018, having all been students at Te Kōkī NZSM. As is typical with Wellington musicians, all four members have other projects on the go: Toby, Ben, & Lennox have all played with Dr. Reknaw; Hugo with O & the Mo & Evolving Wilds; Ben with Sky Canvas; & Toby with Revulva & General Vibe.

Hummucide performing live at The Performance Arcade in Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday, February 23rd 2020. L-R: Ben Stewart, Lennox Grootjans (rear), Hugo Olsen-Smith, Toby Leman.

The Release of Live at the Arcade was both unexpected and unconventional. Hummucide had already recorded their planned debut EP with local bassist/guitarist/recording engineer Zane Hawkins (Dr. Reknaw, Sky Canvas, The Shambles) in January and had intended to mix and release it later this year but when the lockdown struck in late March, the band decided they wanted to release something ASAP. With their planned EP still yet to be mixed, they looked through their archive of live front of house recordings and decided that their set from The Performance Arcade (a temporary stage on the Wellington Waterfront which I had mixed) would be a great one to release. The band got in touch to ask me if they could release the recording to which I told them, “Of course you can, it’s yours. Just let me master it first!”

You can find the band’s social media accounts and listen to Live at the Arcade here. While you’re at it, why not check out the band’s debut single Reacher below.

Reacher, the debut single from Hummucide. Released Friday June 26th, 2020.

Header Image: Live at the Arcade, the debut live EP from Hummucide. Released Friday, April 3rd 2020. Recorded & mixed live by Simon Blackwell at The Performance Arcade in Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday, February 23rd 2020. Mastered by Simon Blackwell at Matrix Digital.