A band from Hull signed last week to perform with Manic Street Preachers on a nationwide tour of the UK, days after the release of their debut album.
Low Hummer got the call confirming they are due to perform as a warm-up at 13 of the Manic Street Preachers Tour concerts this fall on Monday, starting with a trip to Newcastle on Sunday 26 September.
“We hope that whatever we do on this tour, we really want to represent Hull in the best light, and always shout out where we’re from, because it’s important to us,” said guitarist and singer Dan Mawer, 30 years.
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The six-member post-punk band previously teamed up with Manic Street Preachers, playing at Piece Hall, Halifax two weeks ago.
“It’s something that, as a local band, it’s a really different world than what we’re used to, playing Adelphi and Polar Bear.”
Dan learned to play guitar on his own and started playing when he was 18.
He said the group, aged 21 to 34, was “an eccentric collective”.
“So we started in 2019. I had a few songs ready and I was like ‘Okay, who can I find that would be exciting and interesting to work with?’
“I kind of asked a few friends over Christmas if they had just walked into a rehearsal room and I didn’t tell them, but I had already booked a few gigs.
“So I said ‘Well, it works, in it, do you want to play a concert?'”
“And that’s how it started from there and we released a few singles before the lockdown.”
He added that for two members it was the very first time they had played in a band.
“We are all at different levels of playing instruments.
“Steph, who is our keyboardist, learned to play keyboards three weeks before our first show, never played keyboards in his life. So I guess that helps songwriting.
“When you learn something new and it’s really exciting, you keep your eyes and ears open for anything.
“Whereas when you get technical you lose that naivety of just throwing your finger at a note and hoping it works well.
“So yeah, we have a good balance, I think.”
Dan said the band liked to find “old influences” especially in music from the 70s and 80s, citing in particular Joy Division and Talking Heads.
Low Hummer performed this summer at the Reading and Leeds Festival on the BBC Introducing Stage and their tracks have been featured on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music.
Last week they released their debut album, “Modern Tricks for Living”, of which Dan was the lead songwriter.
“It’s a really big deal and I’ve been in bands for 10 years and never released any kind of work so it was pretty exciting.
“And then this week, finding out that we could support Manics on tour.
“Yeah, it’s just – like it doesn’t look real!”
Low Hummer’s very first concert was at the Polar Bear Club and Dan Mawer’s first concert was at the Adelphi.
“I just want to thank you for your support,” Dan told all the Hull fans in the group.
Hull is a very unique place, especially the music scene. It really supported me.
“We’ve had so many great messages from other bands.
“I feel like it’s very Hull-centric, it’s a community that just wants to help and push each other.
One of the biggest fans of the group is Kelvin Mawer, Dan’s father.
“I’m so proud of him – he’s usually a very calm and nice guy, but on stage he’s transformed.
“The only sad part for me is that Dan and I travel every game at home and away to see Hull City (we’ve even been to Beijing).
“He’s going to have to miss a few games on his tour, but I’ll keep up to date with the scores and it’s a small sacrifice to make his dreams come true.”
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