Luke: Hello! We're The Human Project, a punk rock band from Leeds (and London, but ssshhhhh!). We play fast, melodic punk rock, mixed with a bit of yelling and lots of jumping around!
The Punk Archive: How did you get into music?
Luke: I personally had a strange introduction to the world of music: I play violin, which I took up at the age of 5, so I played a lot of classical music, and played in orchestras up until the age of 18 or 19! I still love all that, but goddamn my uncle for letting me borrow The Offspring's Americana when I was about 13 or 14 because that opened the floodgates and from then on I've been pretty much obsessed with punk, rock and metal.
Having said that, the first album I ever bought was Affirmation by Savage Garden…….so there's that……….
The Punk Archive: What are your musical influences?
Luke: As a band, we wear our main influences pretty proudly, some obvious ones being Propagandhi, A Wilhelm Scream, Ignite, Rise Against et al, but there are a lot of other, particularly non-'fast', influences too, from Refused, Every Time I Die and The Bronx on the heavier side, through more traditional hardcore roots, particularly Gorilla Biscuits and Minor Threat for me, but we also listen to a lot of poppier stuff like Motion City Soundtrack.
Personally in my guitar work, I take a lot of influence from more prog-y rock bands like Oceansize, The Mars Volta and Teppei from Thrice's use of effects. RX Bandits have also inspired us a lot!
The Punk Archive: You've just released a new video to The Beautiful Shame. How has the response been to that?
Luke: It's been brilliant: we're knocking on for 5000 views in under two months, which we're really chuffed about, plus the general consensus seems to be that it looks great, which is always nice! I can't really take any credit for that myself, but Jonny (Vocals, Guitar) organised all the setup and camera-work along with a couple of his colleagues and Joe (Bass, Vocals) spent many nights into the wee small hours doing the edit, which I'm particularly happy with because he managed to make me not look as insanely hungover as I was haha!
The Punk Archive: Your lyrics are very current. How do you choose which issues to write on?
Luke: For me, I'll often be mulling over a topic in my head which might be being discussed on the radio or in a paper, trying to work out what I really think about it, and maybe a phrase or hook of some kind will present itself from that internal dialogue which might develop into a chorus or the start of a song and it'll go from there, but I think we usually take our inspiration from topical events, which keeps things current.
We all have a lot of opinions on most things, so it's not very often we find ourselves short of subject matter! Sometimes we will have different opinions on things though, so we always try and chat through things as we're writing to make sure nobody's being asked to yell a gang vocal they don't fully support.
The Punk Archive: What does the rest of 2015 hold for you?
Luke: 2015 is our most exciting year yet! We've got tours coming up with Ignite and H2O, as well as dates with Capdown, Random Hand and hopefully a run of headline dates in June and July.
We're also playing an absolute stonker of a festival in the shape of Manchester Punk Festival this Saturday, which we're really looking forward to!
Other than that, we've already begun working on our second album, which we're hoping to start recording towards the end of the year. We're already really excited about the ideas we have floating around and we can't wait to get them finished and out!
Manchester Punk Festival is this weekend. Head to http://manchesterpunkfestival.co.uk/site/ for details.