Perfuma - Humans Are Dangerous (Cover Artwork)


Perfuma: Humans Are DangerousHumans Are Dangerous (2004)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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Do you ever get a craving for one band and spend the next few days listening to their entire catalogue, then move onto another band? During this fixation on whatever band it is, I tend to think "Man, I should start up a band like this!" Then I move on to another band, and the process repeatsā?¦I want to be in a dozen different bands apparently. That doesn't happen to you? Okay, I'm a dork. Anyway, I think the guys in this band can back me up on this occurrence, because all I hear when I listen to this EP is how much each track sounds like it has been done before, like they wrote each song after being immersed in the style of one of their favorite bands. And yet, it's all done so well, and their influences are great so I can't help but like it.

For example, the first track "I Miss the Real Me" made me instantly think of Piebald, with its upbeat tempo and edgy pop, as well as the goofy first line "Time out / I broke my skull / and it hurts so badly!" The bridge threw me off a little by adding a hip-hop synth line and then Thursday-style screaming, but otherwise it's Piebald all the way. Then "C'mon Throw a Dead Bird at Me" starts with a riff that I'm sure was utilized by Hey Mercedes at some point. But then again, the pre-chorus and chorus vocals are stuck in my brain, so I say go with it. "The Story of Michael" could have been on Stay What You Are, from the guitar tone to the breakdown chorus which even contains the words "your majesty," except this song is a story about an abusive father.

The title track ballad is the weak link here, but it's really not all bad. Closer "Sleeping + Screaming" picks the tempo back up and throws in a nice little electric piano backing. My favorite moment is when they burst into a screaming match and then suddenly are back to pretty harmonies and cute handclaps. It seems like it's all in fun, and I dig it.

Humans Are Dangerous is a rock-solid debut, but let's see how they do with the LP format. Even though Perfuma may cause me to think of other bands, it's all good baby.


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Anonymous (January 25, 2006)

yea they are from NJ. it seems like they have a buzz growing...i heard some of their new songs live recently and they blew my mind...theyre going to be huge

greg0rb (January 18, 2006)

Thank you, Scruffy... thank you.

Scruffy (January 17, 2006)

Um....greg is a poopyface.

greg0rb (January 17, 2006)

C'mon people! I havent reviewed anything in awhile, and now I'm back and the comment boards on these two reviews of mine are soooo boring! Come on, rip into me! Call me names! Or not.

Inspection12e (January 16, 2006)

Ryan must be a hard guy to work.

Scruffy (January 15, 2006)

My band played with these guys once (on a bill with Hit The Lights, nonetheless!). They were definitely much, much better than Hit The Lights, much more my thing. Got a Liars Academy thing going on. Very nice guys, sweet band.

Side note: Liars Academy broke up, in case anyone didn't know. They've got a new band called Midnight Revival now.

greg0rb (January 15, 2006)

Yes they are. Forgot to mention that.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

is this perfuma from nj?

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