HMPH! (pronounced “HUMF”) is the three-piece math-rock outfit of Ryan Lee Toms (RLT), Jonathan Thatch, and Kitten Boggs. As an instrumental group with guitar, bass, drums, looping pedal and effects, the ingredients are simple but the result is not. Using staples of the math rock genre, such as technical patterned guitar riffs, odd time signatures, and herky-jerky start/stops, the songs greet your ears with a jarring wake up call. A unique sense of melody and structure cement a listening experience filled with unlikely anthems.
HMPH! has two releases on the Haymaker Records label. Their debut full-length album Headrush was released on limited edition cassette and 12-Inch marbled vinyl in 2015. Their follow-up full-length album, the self-titled HMPH! was released on CD and 12-Inch transparent green vinyl on November 15, 2019.
Enjoy this exclusive stream of the new album HMPH!
- 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.
- Haymaker Summer Showcase Party 2015/07/24
KANSAS CITY, MO. – Kansas City independent record label Haymaker Records is proud to host its first showcase party on Friday, July 24th at The recordBar. The event, highlighting the first year of Haymaker Records, will feature five musical acts from the Haymaker Records roster and serve as a preview for three full-length vinyl albums to be released by the label over the summer and fall.
The show opens with the three acts with upcoming album releases. Label newcomer and shoegaze indie rock band Riala will see the release of their first album Be Here | Be There in early fall. Math rock duo HMPH! will showcase their technical guitar and drum wizardry in preparation for the release of their first album Headrush due out this summer. Twenty-year Kansas City rock legend Brodie Rush and his band Be/Non will entertain with the spaced-out rock sounds of their upcoming fall release Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic. Closing out the night are sets by Schwervon! and the Jorge Arana Trio. Indie pop duo Schwervon! relocated to Kansas City in 2013 after a decade as a band in New York City. Having completed a month-long tour of the midwest and east coast, Kansas City anxiously awaits their return. The night ends with the Jorge Arana Trio. The Jorge Arana Trio are a three-piece instrumental jazz-fusion math rock hybrid that were the first band to be featured on Haymaker Records. The Oso EP, released on vinyl exactly a year ago, was met with high praises from local and national media and the band recently completed a three-week tour of south and west coast in May.
A compilation called “Fairgrounds” was released by Haymaker Records on January 1st and featured label artists as well as friends of the label. All the musical acts playing the Summer Showcase Party are featured on the compilation and it is a free download at Haymaker Records bandcamp.
- Haymaker Records Summer / Fall 2015
There is a lot to be excited about this summer / fall with Haymaker Records. Here is what we can tell you about now. Individual details to come soon…
*HMPH! – Headrush LP (Random Opaque Vinyl) – July/August 2015
*Riala – Be Here | Be There LP (Milky Clear Vinyl) – September 2015
*Be/Non – Mystic Sunrise / Sunset Magic LP (Vinyl) – Fall 2015
*06/05 – Josey Records Soft Opening – Free performances by HMPH!, Riala, and Lazy as part of the soft opening for the new record store Josey Records – Kansas City.
*06/12 – 07/11 – Schwervon! begin a tour of the U.S..
*07/22 – Haymaker Records owner Brenton Cook will be a guest on Mark Manning’s Wednesday MidDay Medley program on KKFI Kansas City public radio.
*07/03 – Crossroads Block Party – Free block party run by Golden Sound Records, featuring Monta at Odds and Your Friend
*07/24 – Haymaker Records Showcase @recordBar – This is the first Haymaker Records showcase, featuring Riala, HMPH!, Be/Non, Schwervon!, and Jorge Arana Trio
- Record Store Day 2015 Cassette Releases
Haymaker Records will be releasing several new limited cassette releases just in time for Record Store Day this Saturday. Math-rock punks HMPH! will be putting out their first full-length Headrush, covert electronic psych band Piercing Eyes will release their first EP Ultra Savage, and a 2nd run of the Fairgrounds compilation will see the light of day. Find them at select record stores across the Kansas City metro.
- HMPH! / Jorge Arana Trio / Daikaiju @Harling’s
This is going to be an amazing night of instrumental music. The mathy surf-rock sound of Daikaiju as well as two Haymaker Records bands, the math-rock progressive punk bandHMPH! and the always fantastic indie-math jazz-fusion sound of Jorge Arana Trio. Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at Harling’s Upstairs KCMO.
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- Fairgrounds – FREE Indie/Experimental Sampler from Haymaker Records
This is a collection of experimental and indie music from the Kansas City area. This collection of songs represents 2014 releases on the Haymaker Records label, some future Haymaker Records releases, and other recordings by friends of the label. Indie-pop, math rock, jazz, psych, post rock, synthesizer quartets – it’s all viewed the same, as part of a greater cerebral experience – thinking man’s music, if you will. This is to be released in limited numbers on cassette. Of course you can always buy the full albums from the artists or, if released on Haymaker Records, from the Haymaker website. Thanks… and enjoy -brenton
HMPH! – Concert Dates
No upcoming concerts or festivals.