The Human Statues

The Human Statues

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
BandFolkPop

Jubilation, man. Jubilation. The Human Statues set themselves apart in Canada’s music scene with their unpretentious blend of pop, folk and funk music. Their diverse background as musicians, actors, producers and songwriters creates dynamic and charismatic performance with Beatle-y pop harmonies.

Biography

“Simon and Garfunkel's hooks and harmonies with the whimsy of Flight of the Conchords. Could they be Canada's next Barenaked Ladies?”
-David Lennam, Shaw TV

Jeff Bryant and Zach Stevenson: together they comprise folk/pop duo The Human Statues. Originally from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, these young men are on a mission to spread “jubilation” across the nation.

Whether it's playing high-energy band shows at festivals such as the Ottawa Blues Fest, or intimate acoustic performances in theatres across the country, Jeff and Zach are committed to connecting with people through humour, authenticity and a love of music and live performance.

Often described as a cross-breed between the Flight of the Conchords and Simon and Garfunkel, Jeff and Zach blend an energetic pop sensibility with lyrical depth and love of vocal harmony.

Armed with two guitars and their voices, The Human Statues perform what are essentially catchy pop songs -- well-crafted and entertaining. They leap and bounce around the stage and often choreograph their moves -- but there is no pretension. The joy translates immediately as they incorporate comedic and theatrical aspects into their show.

Lyrics

Avec Moi

Written By: J. Bryant/Z. Stevenson

I was just passing through,
until I laid my eyes on you
My eighth grade education,
denied our conversation
You remain in Montreal,
inside another shopping mall
I stumbled on your words,
afraid to not be heard

How do you say?
Qu’est ce que c’est?
And will you stay, avec moi?

Somewhere across the prairies,
with my French dictionary
I studied through the night, unwilling to turn off the light
Riding the escalator,
I thought I’d come to save her
But now it’s plain to see,
the one that’s saved is me

How do you say?
Qu’est ce que c’est?
And will you stay, avec moi?

You buy what you break
And you try to escape
What you are but I know
You’ve been hurt twice before
I will wake while you sleep
For one month in a week
Or I’ll stand in this line
Til you say you are mine

How do you say?
Qu’est ce que c’est?
And will you stay, avec moi?

How do you say?
Qu’est ce que c’est?
And will you stay, avec moi?

How do you say?
Qu’est ce que c’est?
And will you stay, avec moi?

The Man On The Radio

Written By: J. Bryant/Z. Stevenson

Steel that’s slipping up and down my finger
Sweetness traded in for something bitter
Sparks swim up and down the stream
They flicker in unlit kerosene
I’m halfway home but I’ve never been further away

Greetings that were never said aloud
Stumbled drunk and blinded in this crowd
A fragile mind dressed up in red
Another dressed down where she lay her head
And one that twisted when it stepped outside

Hear the sound of the man on the radio
Turn around you can hear it on the radio
Tune it out, it’s the verse that you didn’t know
It’s the voice you keep hidden on the telephone
Please don’t break down

Shifting steps that echo on this street
A closing door that haunts me as it creaks
I lied in the bed that we made our home
My heart was warm when it turned to stone
She’s alone with me

Hear the sound of the man on the radio
Turn around you can hear it on the radio
Tune it out, it’s the verse that you didn’t know
It’s the voice you keep hidden on the telephone
Please don’t break down

Hear the sound of the man on the radio
Turn around you can hear it on the radio
Tune it out, it’s the verse that you didn’t know
It’s the voice you keep hidden on the telephone

Hear the sound of the man on the radio
Turn around you can hear it on the radio
Tune it out, it’s the verse that you didn’t know
It’s the voice you keep hidden on the telephone

Please don’t break down

She’s alone with me
She’s alone with me
She’s alone with me

Honest Man

Written By: J. Bryant

An honest man at your feet
An honest man that won’t leave

An honest man that understands
Another man with empty hands

Don’t turn away
Don’t let an honest man go to waste

A broken girl that never cries
She don’t look through saddened eyes

Don’t break his heart
Don’t let an honest man fall apart

If you will mislead him
If you will deceive him
If you often change your mind, then leave him

An honest man that will please
An honest man you might need

Don’t turn away
Don’t let an honest man leave today

If you will mislead him
If you will deceive him
If you often change your mind, then leave him

The Carol That I Know

Written By: J. Bryant/Z. Stevenson

I got a new suspicion that put me in a spin
Is there a a heart division, is this the part where I come in?
I chase the tail I’m in, oh no

She left the back door open, so I let myself in
She’s gone and I am hoping that she won’t find out where I’ve been
I lie when she comes in, oh no

The Carol that I know, she won’t leave me
Carol why do you have to treat me so unkind?
No, that’s not the Carol that I know

The first time that I saw her, I knew I’d make her mine
Still I could not be bothered to open up and read the sign
I can’t take back the time, oh no

She is the kind of woman that makes a hard man fall
And now I am dissolving the puzzle pieces I can’t solve
My back’s against the wall, oh no

The Carol that I know, she won’t leave me
Carol why do you have to treat me so unkind?
No, that’s not the Carol that I know

The Carol that I know, she won’t leave me
Carol why do you have to treat me so unkind?
No, that’s not the Carol that I know
That I know, That I
No, that’s not the carol that I know

Vinyl Heart

Written By: J. Bryant/Z. Stevenson

The rhythm rose like a helium balloon
My vinyl heart skipped a beat and scratched right through

I didn’t wanna move but my body couldn’t lie
Fallin’ off the groove, so I flipped it to the other side

Just as the steady needle drops and the waves dissolve my thoughts
You can bounce around my head or speak to me instead

Tell me, tell me when sounds like this begin to end
Tell me, tell me in stereo we’ll spin again

A melody preserves the moments I have missed
With frequency through the crackles and the hiss

I didn’t wanna choose the memories I tried to hide
Nothing left to lose, so I’m gonna give it one more try

Just as the steady needle drops and the waves dissolve my thoughts
You can bounce around my head or speak to me instead

Tell me, tell me when sounds like this begin to end
Tell me, tell me in stereo we’ll spin again

Just as the steady needle drops
And the waves dissolve my thoughts
The red light will remain
When other lights have changed

Tell me, tell me when sounds like this begin to end
Tell me, tell me in stereo we’ll spin again

Tell me, tell me when sounds like this begin to end
Tell me, tell me in stereo we’ll spin again

Out Of Our Hands

Written By: Z. Stevenson

If I left would you break?
If I made my great escape
Would you wait for me to come back home?
Would you get along alone?

I thought it would be easy to disappear
And face my focus on my career
Still there’s part of you inside of me
Will there always be?

When you’ve shared love with anyone
One day it’s gone
It’ll make you cry, or wanna die
There’s no use wondering why
It’s out of our hands

If I changed my mind and said I’d stay
Would you believe in yesterday?
Could you fool your heart and carry on
Knowing I had gone?

When you share love with anyone
One day it’s gone
It’ll make you cry, or wanna die
There’s no use wondering why
It’s out of our hands

When you’ve shared love with anyone
One day it’s gone
It’ll make you cry, or wanna die
There’s no use wondering why
It’s out of our hands
It’s out of our hands
It’s out of our hands

Better Way

Written By: J. Bryant

There’s something inside my head
Oh no, I’ve turned around
But I’ll leave it up to you
And I will run before I hit the ground

There’s someone inside my bed
And I’m sure I’ve seen that face before
But I don’t want to wake her up
And I don’t wanna sleep no more

I know a better way, but I’m gonna leave it up to you
I know a better way, but I’m gonna leave it up to you

Ba da da da da
Ba da da da da
Ba da da da da
Ba da da da da

There’s something that we should be learning
We’ve been closing our eyes while the world keeps turning
But I’ll shut my mouth instead
Because the best words are the ones unsaid

I know a better way, but I’m gonna leave it up to you
I know a better way, but I’m gonna leave it up to you

Ba da da da da
Ba da da da da
Ba da da da da
Ba da da da da

I know a better way, but I’m gonna leave it up to you
I know a better way, but I’m gonna leave it up to you

I know a better way
I know a better way
I know a better way
I know a better way…

Discography

The Human Statues 2.0 (2012)
The Human Statues (2008)

Set List

The Carol That I Know
Avec Moi
The Man On The Radio
Out Of Our Hands
Going Down
Honest Man
Better Way
Vinyl Heart
Shipwrecked
Take On Me
Goodbye
Inside The Rain
She