Releasing their debut album “Liquor Store Stories” this past August, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia’s Human Missile Crisis has a new music video for their track “Too Long”, asong written around being in a self-medicating and self-destructive mindset.
Guitarist/vocalist DJ Vaters explains further:
“Whether it be with drugs or alcohol or whatever. Using substances to numb the real problems and emotional trauma of whatever happened in life that brought you to that point. It’s about that night in your life when you go out and party or indulge a little too much, honestly because you just don’t care about yourself anymore. You’re out and having fun, but you start to question why you’re there and why you are even doing this, to begin with. Maybe it was a self-destructive downward spiral that brought you to this point, you’re in a place where you don’t know if you’re going to get to sleep again or maybe if you do fall asleep. Will you ever wake up again? All the while, having friends and family who love you at home and they are worrying about you. You know you need to pull yourself out of that place but you don’t know how. I was there before to a degree and know others who have been there much deeper, others who haven’t made it back. Like the line in the song says “A place that we’ve all been before, the feeling disappears” In a way it is a place that we have all been before and you don’t have to stay there, that feeling can disappear.”
Watch and listen to the video for “Too Long” here:
Human Missile Crisis‘ debut album “Liquor Store Stories”, is a garage rock, post-punk tribute to life, love, making mistakes, and the fallen. Powerful rhythms, aggressive executions, and some weird bits can all be found in this succinct 34-minute record.
“Liquor Store Stories” is not just an album; it’s a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a rollercoaster ride through life’s highs and lows. Human Missile Crisis combines raw energy with introspective lyricism, creating a sound that’s as powerful as it is cathartic.
Recorded at The Sonic Temple by Lil Thomas, with additional tracking by Braden Kamermans of the Halifax-based indie rock band Sleepy Kicks at Uthful Music. The album was mixed by Braden Kamermans and mastered at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon by Brad Boatright. The album art is a photo of Vaters’ cat NUB, which was given an artistic treatment by Amy Crosby. The multifaceted album is a therapeutic journey and is recommended for fans of Queens of the Stone Age, Single Mothers, and Cloud Nothings.
The album “Liquor Store Stories” was released on August 25, 2023, and is available at the following links:
Spotify – https://spotify.link/hi5TGe5Y4Cb
Bandcamp – https://humanmissilecrisis.bandcamp.com
Linktree – https://linktr.ee/humanmissilecrisis
“Liquor Store Stories” – https://youtu.be/-v7x-N_z1RY
“Blackwater” – https://youtu.be/fjnNzeRsR3c
1. Do You Remember – 3:00
2. The Spark – 4.22
3. Haunted Home – 2:28
4. Problems – 4:00
5. Blackwater – 3:30
6. Distant Memory – 4:02
7. Liquor Store Stories – 4:40
8. Too Long – 4:03
9. Mr Pryor – 4:16
Album Length: 34:26
Human Missle Crisis is.
DJ Vaters – Guitar/Vocals
Justin Boutilier – Bass
Matthew MacIsaac – Drums
“I had a weird sensation while listening to the massive punch and swagger of “Liquor Store Stories” by Dartmouth, Nova Scotia based Human Missile Crisis. Not only is the title amazing and sounds like an anthology series on Hulu, the crunchy assaulting guitars, the nimble hyper bass lines, atomic drumming and strident vocal scowling aesthetic had me thinking of a 70’s Mod revival rock band instead of a punk outfit, namely, the iconic JAM. Maybe it is the major 7th and miner chords I think I am hearing, maybe it is the vocal countenance that does have a heavier sort of iteration of Weller, and maybe it is the fury of the bass and drums, of everything really. And it also might be the sense of talking about the inner workings of hometowns.
By the way, sonically, I also thought of an amalgam of early punk like the Buzzcocks and more current bangers like Prince Daddy & The Hyena.” -Robb Donker Curtius / American Pancake
“Merging elements of Garage Rock and Post-Punk, they end up delivering an exciting song to the listener, with great melodies and which stands out mainly for its great rhythmic work, with its striking bass line and vocals with great melodies.” -Leandro Vianna / Roadie Metal
“Maybe “Blackwater” from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia based Human Missile Crisis is about wishing those who disappeared from your life well, maybe not. Maybe it is all about the glorious noise, the throttling bass bottom heaviness that kicks you in the gut, maybe not. Maybe it is about finding what you are searching for and not dive deep into the blackness to find it, maybe not. In the end, maybe Human Missile Crisis feels like Black Sabbath, The Dead Kennedys, Coachwhips, Bass Drum of Death atom smashed together into something else entirely, something visceral and impactful.” -Robb Donker Curtius / American Pancake
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“”Liquor Store Stories” is a single recently dropped by Nova Scotia-based band, Human Missile Crisis. Boasting an infectious energy equipped with melodic vocal flows and anthemic instrumental work, this is a powerful new tune that delivers a unique blend of styles. Elements of punk, garage rock, indie, and emo are all present here, and the band shines brightly by creatively blending all the influences into one full sound.” -Havoc Underground
“”Too Long” is a melody that will really provoke something powerful and luminous in you with its most violent and rhythmic rhythms, capable of awakening the monster that you keep inside of you, this band will shake you with this crazy song bathed in the best alternative sounds and aggressive sounds of punk fused with the darkness of a more balanced rock.” -End Sessions
“‘Too Long’ by Human Missile Crisis is an energetic, aggressive and dark punk and rock whose instruments provide an auditory explosion in the best of the senses, causing a piece of music full of rhythm to be manufactured. While listening to the song I couldn’t stop moving my head back and forth because of how catchy it is, it’s one of those songs that you fall in love with in a second. I loved the song from start to finish and I hope you do too.” -Javier Alfonso / La Caverna
“The album begins with “Do you Remember”, a song that has a powerful guitar in its intro and remains that way, but from the beginning you say this album is not going to stop, it is going to maintain that hard and aggressive rhythm, although They also have California punk songs like “The Spark”, and of course they also have songs like “Distant Memory”, with a slower rhythm, but with the same strength in the voice. This album really has 9 incredible tracks for those who like garage and punk, and also get into slam.” -Miguel Castillo/ La Caverna
“Opening the record is ‘Do You Remember’, a three-minute romp that must be powered by Jack Daniels because the vocals have that tinge of Lemmy about them. The track ebbs and flows for those 180 seconds but always comes back to the punchy punk-rock vibe that is at the core of Liquor Store Stories.” -Dan Hemming / Hard Beat Magazine
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