Experimental pop group Human Host sets Bronx performance

Experimental pop group Human Host’s music makes listeners more open-minded about the world around them and the many mysteries inhabiting it.
Photo courtesy of Mike Apichella/Human Host

A band which once called the Boogie Down Bronx its home is set to give Bronxites a mind-expanding experience.

Formed on December 2002, Human Host is now based throughout the northeast U.S. and features an ever-changing ensemble of multi-media artists capturing figments of the listener’s imagination.

The one constant at its creative core is Mike Apichella who performs keyboard and harmonica.

HH’s latest album, ‘Special Moments with Muckle Flugga and The Cronk’ is available worldwide via Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Bandcamp and other major music streaming sites.

The Sara Laughs label release is a seven track out-of-this-world ambient musical experience unlike any other.

The experimental pop group brings the listener along for a tranquil odyssey through the deepest recesses of imagination perfectly conveyed through Apichella’s musicianship.

One notable example is the album’s second track ‘Tahlgonga’ which makes creative use of a coffee can played by Devon Till to match Apichella’s energetic melody.

Whether performing solo or in a group as a keyboardist, Apichella, a Maryland native, credits Sun Ra as a major influence.

He frequently plays the harmonica, as showcased in HH’s new record, and cites Noah Lewis and Roky Erickson as his muses.

Both Ra and Erickson, a former member of The 13th Floor Elevators, claimed to be aliens and used their music to teach people important lessons.

Ra, an Afrofuturism pioneer, used his music to teach people about the symbiotic relationship between Earth, religion, science, outer space and other dimensions beyond conventional reality.

Erickson, a psychedelic rock pioneer, used his work to make people see that Earth and its concerns are all important, but only tiny pieces of a much bigger puzzle.

Lewis, a pre-WWII era blues artist and member of various jug bands, is renowned for his propulsive and rhythmic playing which never loses sight of melody no matter how textured and dissonant he could get.

HH are no strangers to the Bronx as the group recorded the song ‘Hawaii Werewolf,’ featured on its 2016 ‘Ophiopogon’s Blue Wonder’ album, at the now defunct The Carl Sage Inn formerly located in Hunts Point.

Apichella said half of Ophiopogon’s Blue Wonder was recorded and produced while HH resided in Fordham and Hunts Point.

During HH’s live shows, lighting is purposely kept dim so that the audience focuses more upon the music and the feelings it inspires rather than on the performer.

To listen to HH’s new album, visit saralaughs.bandcamp.com/album/special-moments-with-muckle-flugga-and-the-cronk.

HH will perform in support of its new album and its side project T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More) on Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at Gasolina Lounge on 2525 Boston Road.

The show also includes live performances by Bronx rapper ZALES ONE and indie alternative rock bands The Living Strange and Red Hunting Cap.

Apichella thanks Statik Vision’s bassist Jason McFarlane for helping to set up the show.

For additional information, visit www.humanhost.tumblr.com.

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