Released: May 6, 2016
- The Future
- All the Lights Are Fluorescent
- Dream Theme
- Water Reprise
All tracks written, performed, produced, mixed, and mastered by Tom Hummer.
Artwork by Tim Bolar and Tom Hummer
Kelsey Hummer, Frank Hummer, Catherine Olsem, John Hummer, Pat Hummer, Dan Hummer, Sandra Hummer, Craig Groehn, Mike Bal, Jake Jackson, Abbie Jackson, David Cox, Tom Keinert, Darren Hushak, Quinn Eggink, Tim Bolar, Ian Anderson, Coleman Jackson, Sam Jackson, Chris Covell, Wes Fuhrman, Jeremy Nifras, Bryon Dudley
About the Album
Dystopian Blues was a very spontaneous album. I began recording it within a few weeks of releasing Sexism Sells, with the initial intent of it being an EP, something I could churn out quickly and cleanse my palette of the general negativity that embodied the album I had just finished. After more thought, I decided to combine this idea with a couple others I had been kicking around: 1) I had been thinking for a while about making a science-fiction themed album, something that would act like a soundtrack to a film that didn’t exist; 2) I love how prog and post-rock bands (Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Yes, Rush, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Explosions in the Sky) can get away with putting out 5-song LPs that still feel very complete and cohesive. I wondered what a Tom Hummer album would sound like if I took that approach, letting the format dictate the style rather than the style dictating the format. It was fun to force myself out of the songwriting conventions that I had gotten used to.
For those reasons, Dystopian Blues turned out to be the most experimental thing I will probably ever put out, and also the most fun I’ve had making a record since The Greenhouse Effect. I recorded it over the last half of 2015, and spent the first few months of 2016 listening back and making minor adjustments. I hope you enjoy it.