Human Behavior

Local upstarts the Humanoids play classic punk rock the way it's meant to be heard: loud, fast and fun.

For a band with so much ambition musically, the Humanoids have no great pretenses of demolishing everything you know about punk rock, blah blah blah. How do they hope the punters feel after a Humanoids show? Zimmerman: "Like they had fun."

Tim Clarkson: "Like they were actually excited to go to a show."

"There's so many shows now, it's just humdrum," says Stinson. "You get bored halfway through the set. Keeping it short and keeping it fast is usually the best way to get people feeling a sense of excitement like they had a lot of fun. The only bands I want to see play 40 minutes better be pretty legendary."

The Humanoids: Rule earth — or, well, just the punk scene  in St. Louis.
Jennifer Silverberg
The Humanoids: Rule earth — or, well, just the punk scene in St. Louis.

"Twenty minutes is good," says Bryan Clarkson.

The Humanoids Are Born and their active show schedule are rapidly establishing the band as local darlings. (The feeling is mutual: "I'll go on the record as saying I love St. Louis," Morrissey says.) Now they're antsy to take the act on the road, an aspiration made somewhat easier by the fact that Stinson owns a company that fixes up and resells used vans specifically to touring bands. (It's called, logically enough, Vans for Bands.) Morrissey says, "I've yet to feel like I have to grow up yet, and if I could spend the next four or five years just on the road six months out of the year, that's what I want to do. Then I can grow up after that."

"I love touring," says Stinson. "Pretty much the whole reason to do a band is traveling and seeing the country with your friends and meeting all kinds of new people. It's definitely going to happen." No doubt. But for the near future, there are still a lot of new people in St. Louis who will enjoy meeting the Humanoids.

8 p.m. Thursday, May 3. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City. $5, or $8 under 21. 314-862-0009. Also playing at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 5. CBGB's, 3163 South Grand Boulevard. Free.

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