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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Human Behavior

Human Behavior, bandcamp, interview

Human Behavior originally began three years ago as the solo moniker for Tucson‘s Andres Parada and has since developed into a dark, folk orchestra.

The group released album Golgotha on Aug. 28 through Folktale Records. The label prides itself on creating “a beautiful package; from the music, to the format of the release, to the packaging it comes in.” The album is available on glass-mastered CD, which comes with a full-color sleeve, or on limited-edition vinyl. The vinyl comes in black or pink and features a full-color jacket, screen-printed insert and digital download.

All 13 Golgotha tracks are also available to purchase or stream on Bandcamp.

Below, read The Spec’s interview with Parada and catch Human Behavior live at Long Wong’s on Friday, Oct. 25…

How did you meet and form the band?
Originally, the songs were made for solo performances by myself (Andres Parada) but the idea of having an entire band opened up new ways to be creative, so I started seeking out musicians and singers in 2012.

Who/what are your influences?
Mostly film, and 90’s hardcore and metal.

What is your favorite song off the new album and why?
The Wolf It Is” is probably my favorite. It’s a nice representation of the way I think music can borrow from literature and art. I love to reference other art, to web out from one concept I made, to others I didn’t make. I like it when people ask, “hey, were you singing about this other writer, or filmmaker?” I like that this song leaves room for discourse on who actually owns ideas.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
I’d like to expand on a concept we’ve worked on briefly. I want to release an acoustic drone metal album.

What inspires your music?
Suburban depression. Music is the best medication for depression. Being unhappy forces you to try and be happy, to try and create things that might make life beautiful. I’m not sure it’s a healthy treatment, but it forces a creativity that I need to have.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Sleep, Strife, Ringworm, Bjork, Pulling Teeth, Jeffrey Lewis

Why do you make music?
It’s a really flexible way to explore human behavior. Live shows allow me to use video art, writing allows me to work with poetry, and sound is the perfect way to make the previous two make sense. In a way, it’s the perfect way to combine ethnography and art.

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