Vocalist/guitarist Jonas Haskins talks the new album
Low Hums have been on the quest for the perfect line up since 2009, and finally everything seems to have fallen into place. Led by vocalist/guitarist Jonas Haskins (who prefers to go by Sanoj Sniksah), the Seattle-based quartet is one part garage, one part psychedelic rock, and the result is thought-provoking lyrics washed with reverb and paired with some rippin’ guitar riffs.
Today, the band releases its latest album, Night Magic Wine, which was recorded with a producer you may have heard of: Jack Endino. The legend is known mostly for his work with Nirvana and Soundgarden – though that’s just the tip of the iceberg – and has been a staple in the Seattle music scene for decades. We chatted with Haskins about the new album, the band’s plans for the future, and how wanting to get out of 2nd period English in 7th grade led to a career in music.
Hello – Please introduce yourself.
Hey this is Sanoj from Low Hums.
Where are you right now?
On a ferry boat heading to Friday Harbor San Juan island.
Please name your fellow band members and their roles… oh, and who has the best dance moves?
Well, there is me .. Sanoj Sniksah.. I play guitar and sing and write most of the songs..
Mike Bayer plays the drums and sings backup and a few lead vocals..
Crystal Perez plays bass.
Miles Panto also plays guitar.
Best dance moves.. hahah well Miles defiantly has the best dance moves. Takes a hotel bed as a stage and some tequila to make the dance happen.
Mike is our fingers, or roller.
We all kinda have different alternate roles outside of playing our instruments. You know road survival roles.
Tell us about your new album Night Magic Wine: Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What’s it about? Is there candy?
The new record NightMagicWine was recorded here in Seattle, Washington with Jack Endino (Nirvana, Tad, Soundgarden, many many various others ). Jack works out of Soundhouse, which is in Ballard ( neighborhood of Seattle ). He was great to work with.. There are various themes to the record.. Some of the songs were written during the 2016 elections and have a political slant. “Too Early To Tell,” for example. “Attention” is about the Paris terror attacks.. “Sunflowers of Doom” is also political and about climate change..but there are some fun ones too. “US 101” is about the highway and how nice it is to drive. There is an instrumental ( “Goblin King” ) that is a farewell to David Bowie. And actually “Song about Fleet” is another farewell to a passed friend.
How do you describe your music to new friends?
Garage-y , psychedelic.. rock.. I’ll ask them usually if they like Dead Moon or Sonics or Brian Jonestown Massacre just cause most folks have heard of them even if they don’t know what they sound like. We don’t do a lot of studio arrangement and composition. We sound like a band that bangs out songs in a garage.
How did you first meet, and where exactly did you become a band?
Low Hums started in 2009 .. we went under a bunch of lineup changes as friends cycled through. This lineup has just really kinda jelled the best for sure. Mike and Miles and I ( Sanoj ) met through other bands and communal rehearsal spaces. Crystal we met cause she played in another band around town that we played with often.
Other than Low Hums, what should your hometown be known for?
Hmm.. bad weather? Hahahah, high rent, lots of tech.. but mmm there is still great coffee!
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you (and that your relationship with it/them). Can we see a photo?
Here with the band ! here’s a photo of our shoes.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational…
I started music or band class to get out of 2nd period English in 7th grade. All my buds were in band and I was stuck with the jocks. Haha. So uh I joined band. Since then it’s just been something I do all the time. Maybe seeing Lollapalooza in like ’91 ? was pretty aww. I had never seen real rock bands other than lame cover bands playing at the school cafeteria. I decided I wanted to do that too.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
Keep at it , Practice and Keep at it ..
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
Mike Bayer : Jesus
Miles : Albert Einstein
Sanoj : Waylon Jennings I bet he’d have a lot of road stories to tell.
What song best sums up your life right now?
Mike Bayer : “Mamma Tried”
Miles : It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock n roll or .. ain’t no fun waiting round to be a millionaire
Sanoj : Theme from the Dukes of Hazard
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
Haha well, we played an all ages show recently and this little kid maybe 6 or so jumped up on stage and danced like he was being bitten by spiders for the entire set.
Take a moment to dream – Where do hope to be a year from now?
Playing some place in France, England, Germany, Denmark .. Some of these European psych festivals would be pretty radical.
What’s your next step towards that dream?
Releasing the record and playing a bunch.. hopefully meeting folks and getting new places.
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