Above all, Humbert is from Hialeah and proud. A city better known for its equally convoluted politics and street grids than its cultural output, Hialeah's best-known musical export to date is KC and the Sunshine Band. Still, a tiny subculture of live rock acts has persisted there, and the four-member Humbert has outlasted them all (friends and fellow local stalwarts the Brand finally decamped to New York earlier this year). The band officially formed sometime in the early half of the Nineties, but its first full-length album didn't appear until 1999 and was self-released on the group's own Sportatorium label. Led by guitarist Ferny Coipel the group's most recognizable, lovably disheveled face it was a collection of messy, noisy indie that always rambled back to pop melodies. The follow-up album, Plant the Trees Closer Together, took another four years to appear, again on Sportatorium. But Humbert's performance in Austin, Texas, during this year's SXSW Festival created a tiny blip on the national radar. Tonight's show marks the band's first appearance on Studio A's massive stage, at Plastik Fantastik, the club's weekly Thursday dance party for the hip-haircut crowd. All signs, maybe, that Humbert is finally ready to reach beyond its beloved home turf.
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