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From its first note to its last song, The New Humans rocked the Sacramento State campus earlier today.
The New Humans, a Sacramento-based four-piece band that describes its sound as "electro piano rock," played a 40-minute set in the University Union for approximately 150 students.
It was part of Sacramento State's weekly "Wednesday Nooner" free concert series, presented by UNIQUE.
The band opened with an intro that quickly set the tone for the show: Drums, synth and loops swelled until the band launched into its first song, a dance-worthy tune that featured heavy drums and piano hooks.
The rest of the set was filled with energetic songs that showcased The New Humans' ability to mix soaring vocals, funky bass lines, piano riffs and intelligent drumming to impress even the most jaded music critic.
Their sound could be compared to The Killers, but with a little more dance and a little more intensity. The comparison is welcomed by keyboardist Cole Cuchna.
"We love The Killers. They are one of our major influences," he said. Cuchna also credited British musicians Keane with showing his band that you don't need a guitar to rock.
The New Humans, like Keane, don't have an electric guitar, but use a keyboard, synth, bass guitar and drums to write good songs and get the crowd dancing. It was more than enough to entertain the audience, who gave a loud ovation at the set's close.
"It was very good," said student Mike Archibald, a DJ with Sacramento State's student-run radio station KSSU. "I enjoyed their musicianship."
"My mind is blown," student Will Floyd said.
The New Humans loved the opportunity to play at Sac State.
"We were stoked to play," lead singer and synth man Scott Simpson said. "It was great to play for people who normally wouldn't hear us."
There will be more opportunities to view The New Humans, as they are enjoying a busy year. They recently performed at the Sacramento Electronic Music Festival, and are looking forward to more performances, including a show in San Francisco Thursday and a Haiti relief show at Luigi's Fungarden on Feb. 19.
The New Humans are definitely worth checking out. Just remember to bring your dancing shoes and prepare to be impressed.