HMPH! (pronounced “HUMF”) is the two-piece math-rock outfit of Ryan Lee Toms (RLT) and Jonathan Thatch. With only drums, guitar, looping pedal and effects, the concept is simple but the music is not. Using staples of the math rock genre, such as technical patterned guitar riffs, odd time signatures, and herky-jerky start/stops, the band greets the listener with a jarring wake up. A strong sense of melody and song structure cement a listening experience filled with unlikely anthems. Their debut full-length vinyl release Headrush was released on limited edition cassette in April 2015 with 12-Inch random opaque vinyl available on August 21, 2015.
- Outer Reaches 2016 Photos
- Outer Reaches 2016
For the last three years, Haymaker Records has been a co-sponsor and planner of KC Psych Fest. The festival was rebranded to Outer Reaches this year, with the idea of being more incorporating of music outside of the “psych” genre. The music fest is still boundary-pushing and left-of-center, its just more inclusive of other genres now. We’re very excited to be a big part of the festival again this year. It will be held Friday, Sept. 30th and Saturday, Oct. 1st, 2016 at recordBar. Haymaker acts Be/Non and HMPH! are a part of the lineup this year, as well as 16 other great acts. All the information can be found at www.outerreachesfest.com.
- Haymaker Records Summer Showcase Videos
Here are a collection of videos of full concert sets from the artists that played the Haymaker Records Summer Showcase at The recordBar on July 24, 2015. Thanks to DMac for the video footage and Brodie Rush for the editing work.
- KC Psych Fest 2015 @recordBar – October 2nd & 3rd, 2015
Come celebrate recordBar‘s 10th Anniversary with the 4th Annual KC Psych Fest. This is a two-night event on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd at recordBar. The night’s entertainment features both local and touring musical acts with a broad range of adventurous musical styles.
The shows are 18+ and only $10 each night. Video projection provided both nights by Steve Gardells
7:00PM – El Condor (Kansas City)
8:00PM – Jorge Arana Trio (Kansas City)
9:00PM – Be/Non (Kansas City)
10:00PM – Van Allen Belt (Pittsburgh)
11:00PM – Wet Socks (Savannah, GA)
12:00AM – Slim Twig (Toronto)
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- HMPH! Vinyl Release Party @Mills Record Company
Join HMPH! and The Leisure Boys for a free in-store concert at Mills Record Company on Wednesday, August 26th at 6:00PM. Pick up a copy of the brand new HMPH! LP Headrush while you’re at it. HMPH! will depart on a short tour Thursday.
Check out the Facebook Event Page.
- HMPH! “Headrush” & Riala “Be Here | Be There” Vinyl Pre-Order
New vinyl available for pre-order now!
- HMPH! Record Release Party @Harling’s Upstairs 2015/08/21
Haymaker Records and HMPH! invite you to the Vinyl Release Party for the album Headrush. The vinyl is now available for pre-order but this will be your first opportunity to hold a copy of the awesome random opaque 12-Inch vinyl. The show will be held at Harling’s Upstairs at 3941-A Main Street in Kansas City on Friday, August 21st, 2015 with support from Rhunes and Arc Flash. HMPH! will go on a short tour of the midwest following the release.
- 2015-07-22 KKFI Wednesday Midday Medley w/ Haymaker Records & KC Psych Fest
On 2015-07-22 KKFI 90.1FM Wednesday Midday Medley‘s Mark Manning interviews Brenton Cook of Haymaker Records about the Haymaker Records Summer Showcase Party and Brenton Cook & Dedric Moore about the KC Psych Fest 2015-08-01 Riot Room show. Featured music includes tracks by Schwervon!, Riala, HMPH!, Be/Non, Jorge Arana Trio, Ancient River, Psychotic Reaction, and Mysterious Clouds.
- KC Psych Fest 2015/08/01 The Riot Room
KANSAS CITY, MO. – KC Psych Fest kicks off its fourth year with a night of adventurous music on Aug. 1 at The Riot Room in Kansas City, MO. Co-sponsored by Haymaker Records, Mills Record Company, It’s a Beautiful Day, and Summer Moon Promotions, the show will feature performances by Ancient River, Mysterious Clouds, HMPH!, Psychotic Reaction, Drugs & Attics, and have a special DJ set by Mod Professor.
The 2015 KC Psych Fest will be spread across multiple dates in Kansas City in the late summer and fall with an emphasis on acts that excitingly venture outside of conventional music. More dates and appearances will be announced later. The mission of the festival is to present mind-expanding music from different music genres and provide a platform for Kansas City artists pushing the boundaries of music. This year’s festival continues to build on the positive experiences of the previous three years.
The Aug. 1 show is headlined by psychedelic rock band Ancient River. Based out of the UK and Austin, TX, their wall-of-sound barrage has been honed by extensive touring across the United States and beyond – including appearances at Austin Psych Fest (2010-2012), Los Angeles’ Psycho De Mayo (2014), Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (2012) and Milwaukee Psych Festival (2015). Psychotic Reaction join the show from rural Oklahoma. Showcasing high energy rock & roll, they draw comparisons to The MC5, Stooges, Roky Erickson, and Skip James. Three Kansas City acts are featured at the event. Mysterious Clouds is a new band that explores aspects of cosmic space music and is comprised of members of Monta at Odds, Expo ’70, and HMPH! Their first release, Vibrations Shake the Path on Haymaker Records, explores the classic 60’s mono mix approach. HMPH! is the two-piece math-rock outfit of Ryan Lee Toms (RLT) and Jonathan Thatch. With just drums, guitar, looping pedal, and effects, the concept is simple but the music is not. Their debut full-length vinyl release comes out in August on Haymaker Records. Drugs & Attics are a garage punk trio and have been quickly building a name in the Kansas City music scene. The night closes with the psych / mod / garage groove stylings of DJ act Mod Professor, the alias of legendary Kansas City / New York DJ Ray Velasquez. The event starts at 8:30PM and is a full night of entertainment.
- The Bridge (KTBG) Eight One Sixty Radio Podcast feature on Haymaker Records Summer Showcase
Haymaker Records owner Brenton Cook was a guest on last week’s Eight One Sixty show on Kansas City public radio station KTBG The Bridge 90.9. The conversation was to promote the Haymaker Records Summer Showcase Party at The recordBar on Friday, July 24th. Play the podcast below and listen to featured showcase artists Jorge Arana Trio, Schwervon!, Be/Non, HMPH!, and Riala.