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Dynamo Hum Alternative
Artist Catalog Items
Title: Hey Asshole
Genre: Alternative
© 1997, Dynamo Hum
Tape: $5.97 3 song cassette

Dynamo Hum - Hey Asshole

  Track Listing:
1. Hey Asshole 2. Now Time, No Time 3. I Want You
Artist Bio
Amid the clamor of Southern California's eclectic music scene stands one band that blends modern art music with rock-and-roll to create a sensual and captivating original sound: Dynamo Hum. This Orange County-based hybrid delivers everything any rock enthusiast wants–but with a jolting twist. Dynamo Hum is a mutation, an experiment in pop music that ranges from the noisy and abstract to the tranquilizing and melodic.

Its innovative sound is as unique as the band members themselves. Three classically trained guitarists–lead guitarist Michael Grodsky, Scott Zeidel on rhythm guitar, and bass guitarist Jeff Jones–are the band's formidable backbone. Each has a graduate degree in music and has taught at colleges and universities.

Grodsky, Zeidel and Jones envisioned Dynamo Hum in 1993 and began writing their first collection of music. Songs in hand, they started their search for the lead female singer to give voice to their prose and a drummer to tie it all together. The search ended with the killer combination of Jennifer Hung and Doug Metzgar.

A coyly powerful vocalist, Hung fronts Dynamo Hum and gives the band spontaneity with her range of vocal styles and on-your-sleeve emotion. After just one audition, Dynamo Hum added the siren on the spot. Like Hung, versatile drummer Metzgar joined Dynamo Hum immediately after his first session with the band. He is a veteran of the Orange County's rock scene, playing behind the kit for Ball and Chain and Dean Martin's Liver, and he gives Dynamo Hum that same edgy sound.

Dynamo Hum has recently added another member to its ranks, vocalist Martin Rogers, a longtime friend of the band and ex-lead singer in O.C.'s awesome Slam & Tub.

Dynamo Hum released its second CD, fallopian, on Media Kitchen Records in March 1999. It is a follow-up collection to its previous two recordings, the three-song cassette, Hey, Asshole (December 1997), and the self-titled debut CD (November 1994).
Press Reviews
Dynamo Hum's new CD, Fallopian, underscores the group's myriad strengths-a lyrical feel for the theatrical, seemingly inspired by Alice Cooper; a sense of personal outrage à la Romeo Void and Marianne Faithful; a hypnotic, hallucinogenic drone derived from the Doors and X; an ultra sexy, charismatic front person in Jen Hung; plus all-around musical excellence on a level almost unheard of in contemporary rawk music. . . . It's clear to anyone who reads this column regularly that I'm a roots-music guy, not a rock guy. Dynamo Hum isn't a roots band, but I honestly believe that on the level of inspired creativity, this may be the single best unsigned group O.C. has to offer.
Buddy Seigal, OC Weekly (July 1999)

Is Orange County ready for Dynamo Hum? If the name sounds familiar, it means the band is one step closer to its goal. Set apart from the norm, Dynamo Hum's alterna-rock sound hasn't always been embraced by those who prefer the taste of punk to the surreal. Still, that doesn't stop this band from being different. Dynamo Hum originated in Anaheim six years ago, and its moniker alone -"Dinah Moe Humm" is the title of a song from Frank Zappa's 1973 "Overnight Sensation" album-has set a course into outlandish territory. The group uses a combination of heavy vocals by new member Martin Rogers, the sensuality of front woman Jen Hung, and the feedback-driven guitars of classically trained Jeff Jones, Michael Grodsky and Scott Zeidel. Because of that, it's often compared to Sonic Youth. . . . But perhaps Dynamo Hum is a little bit Sonic Youth and a little Frank Zappa, in that all three have idiosyncratic tendencies to be different from the rest: Zappa approached his lyrics as a rock 'n' roll art form, while Sonic Youth does the same with noise. Without a doubt, Dynamo Hum is a combination of the two. . . . This is a band that thrives on atmosphere.

But Dynamo Hum is also unpredictable. Hung can sing a sweet note when she wants. These unpredictable tendencies are . . . included on the group's
recently released second album, "Fallopian" (Media Kitchen Records), on which a song titled "There Once Was a Girl Named Fallopian" stands out.
Before listening to the song, you may be overcome with dread; is it possible that Hung might have another take on femininity we haven't already heard at the Lilith Fair?

Instead, the lyrics (which were written by Zeidel, as was most of the album's lyrics), are an abstract interpretation of a woman dealing with physical and mental pain. Its message is not preachy, and if anything, it tears down the wall of femininity. The song is written by a man and expressed eloquently by a woman.
Claudia Figueroa, The Orange County Register (July 1999)

Mathematical Romance. Combining the definitions of these two words might give you a clue into the style that pop/rock Dynamo Hum supplies with their album Fallopian. Imagine if you will a method of finding the unknown from the known, searching through the fanciful, adventurous and picturesque. Fallopian is a work of beautiful fiction and nonfiction very capable of asphyxiating the largest of hearts. Vivid, striking vocals are supplied by the divine nature of Jennifer Hung. Her musical companions are well versed in the science of harmonic sounds. Thought provoking, often dazzling arrangements mesh to perfection with Hung's
stellar vocalizations. From the moment I received the package containing this gem I was witness to sheer brilliance by visually stimulating packaging. A definite nod to the designers on some slick graphics and layout. The storytelling on Fallopian is so unconventional and bizarre the listener is forced not only to listen with their ears but their minds as well. Personal favorites include "There Once Was a Girl Named Fallopian" and "Scott's Latest Statement 'Bout Love" but quite honestly there is not a bad song on the CD. Dynamo Hum has provided what could easily be used as the text book to follow for the establishment known as the music industry. (5 out of 5 Bombs)
Bill Gordon, Earsplit (Upcoming 1999)

This is some truly experimental stuff. Soft, beautiful (but not delicate) female vocals ride waves of far-reaching lyrics that seem to touch on a number of different planes simultaneously, as baffling time signatures keep you second-guessing where the music will take you next. Definitely tearing down the walls of what we know.
Impact Press (June/July 1999)

The first thing I thought of when I listened to Dynamo Hum's album Fallopian was that it sounded incredibly like PJ Harvey circa Dry and Rid of Me. Not so much the voice, but the way Jen sings the lyrics and the way the songs are arranged are both similar to earlier PJ Harvey. Not such a bad thing if you just haven't been the same since Polly Jean put her guitar down in exchange for the lipstick and eye shadow. Dynamo Hum also invokes at times the spirits of Sonic Youth and The Breeders, but after the first few songs you will forget about comparisons and influences, and pretty much everything else except the sounds coming
from the speakers. . . . They really are doing their own thing in a time of mass conformity. If you like your rock to have a touch of the avante garde and a pocket full of attitude then you really shouldn't pass up the sexy Fallopian by Dynamo Hum.
J. White, Fright X Magazine (Upcoming 1999)

Dynamo Hum is a deep, deep band. The lyrics all play out like exercises in poetry. Some are achingly beautiful, while others intentionally go against the grain of sensibility and execution-female vocals that whine and moan with emotion, and sometimes adopt different personas for effect. Witness "Hey Asshole" with that same pseudo-rap feel of Blondie's rapture." The songs on this album are very lengthy, complex and often contain this intentional undercurrent of awkwardness and the song structures are generally carried upon atmospheric guitar pickings worked around odd time stutters that often catch you off guard.
Artistically, a superb creation. Musically, one needs a little patience. This CD borders on dreamy, girl pop, but focuses on emotion, mood and creation of a musically painted canvas rather than infecting you with a musical" hook." Pleasantly disturbing and recommended for art geeks. (Grade: A-)
Bushman, No Cover (July 1999)

Jennifer Hung's reflecting stirring vocals play wistfully upon a blanket of intricate melodies and fusion guitar riffs. The band blends postmodern rhythms with an abstract punk sound creating harmonically distorted ballsy material. (3 stars out of 4)
NIN, Bite Me Magazine (Summer 1999)

Dynamo Hum is by far the most diverse, unpredictable band I have had the pleasure of working with. Their music stylings, while well organized, never seem to go in the same direction, leaving the listener trying to figure out just what the hell kind of music this is. My conclusion is that Dynamo Hum have pioneered their own musical path that has yet to be categorized. They are a class act.
Mike Dwaileebe, Blue Ryder (Summer 1999)

Now here is real alternative music for anyone tired of sappy pop songs and generic grunge anthems. Orange County-based Dynamo Hum doesn't fit
into either category and it doesn't resemble the typical ear-wrenching sound of a garage band either. The band released its second CD, "fallopian," last March, solidifying their unique sound.
Jelene Britten, Comcast Online (June 1999)

Offbeat but not off the beaten path, Dynamo Hum plays a dissonant, abstract, but not completely pop-averse form of arty alterna-rock rooted firmly in the mid-'80s innovation of Sonic Youth and Throwing Muses. . . Singer Jennifer Hung delivers oblique interior monologues-troubled scrawls from a diary whose purpose is to lacerate foes and self alike, and to register the chilly, clipped breath of nightmarish fright. Her style immediately brings the Muses' Kristin Hersh and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon to mind. . . . The outstanding track, "There Once Was a Girl Named Fallopian" . . . [is] the album's most driving and haunting song, with a sour limerick refrain offsetting more descriptive images of a woman in the throes of violent mental illness. Hung fills it with icy dread that cuts through her character's attempted veneer of cool detachment. This sort of thing has been done very well before by Gordon, but Hung has a knack for it too.
Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times (May 1999)
MP3s and Sound Clips
Download MP3 There Once Was A Girl Named Fallopian (MP3)
Download MP3 Daddy Had An OK Death (MP3)
Download MP3 Letters For Everyone (MP3)
Download Real Audio Twigs And Thorns (Real Audio)
Download Real Audio Emptiness (Real Audio)
Tour Dates and Location
No Tour Dates
Costa Mesa CA, USA

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