A human television by definition is a person that is able to pick-up on the other rays of light and sound that are beyond the normal range of human perception. These individuals are then said to be able to "broadcast" the information that is contained in these other rays, in turn describing themselves as human televisions and radio sets.
Attaching a definitive starting date to the music of Human Television tends to leave one up in arms. However, some have calculated that the spring of 2001 is a good estimate. Beginning as the logical songwriting progression after the demise of a short-lived noise pop trio called Werewolves!, singer/guitarist Billy Downing began playing new material with then Argentina drummer/keyboardist Mario Lopez, and long time friend and roommate, bassist Richard Davis. Considering similar musical influences such as The Wedding Present, The Smiths, Felt, New Order, Sarah Records, The Kinks, Sam Cooke, The Zombies, and R.E.M, a wealth of other melody oriented bands of the past four decades, and the then recent breakup of Argentina, all the impetus to begin a new musical idea presented itself and out came Human Television. Boyd Shropshire was added to the lineup in April 2002 in order to bring a more cohesively defining element to the sound of the band.
The music of Human Television aims to evoke a feeling through the vehicle of a "song". Cleverly utilizing and manipulating the painfully obvious, yet too often forgotten, elements of melody, minimalism, repetition, and simplicity, is the most common idea explored in the music of Human Television. It is no accident that melody has been given close and special attention, as melody is the inexplicable characteristic that contains the ability to inspire euphoria, elation, joy, madness, anger, and depravity in human beings. It is as ever elusive and difficult to define as the concept of romantic love. Yet like love, it is as universally recognized and understood.
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