Human Ottoman is powered by electric cello, vibraphone, drum-set and bass.
Co-fronted by Susan Lucia (drums) and Grayson Fiske (vibraphone) Human Ottoman has created a repertoire of raucous, rhythmically dynamic music which combines their enthusiasm for music of all cultures with modern genre-mashing sensibilities, characterized most of all by their unique instrumentation. From brain-crashing cello solos and atomic vibraphone drops to drum solos that scholars are still struggling to understand, Human Ottoman is bringing polyrhythmic rock to the masses.
Their first album, aptly named "Power Baby", was independently released in 2014 and received an Independent Music Award in the "Instrumental" category. Their second full-length record, Farang, was released in 2015. Since then, they have been actively ear-pillaging throughout the west coast.
They have just released their third full length album, Rampage in 2019.
"A touch of absurdity is inherent in this local band's design" Vortex Magazine
"The live shows are loud, irreverent, and bursting with life." Willamette Weekly
"When the show ended, they had given their audience something new, organic and honest." Psychedelic baby magazine
Featured by Oregon's 1859 Magazine as one of the top emerging Oregon bands, read the story here
"Human Ottoman's unusual aesthetic is, at least in part, a pushback against the ultra-coolness of most music scenes. For Human Ottoman, dropping the artifice of cool is essential to forming a more intimate connection." Willamette Week
"The percussion sounds like a choir of cavemen mauling the monolith, basslines that thrum in the chest but cease to exist, the graceful strings that can shudder and be torn asunder at the drop of sanity."
Sonic Masala blog
"Human Ottoman proudly blends metal cello, world rhythm, funk and rock into a sound that you’ve definitely never laid ears on."
Eugene Weekly Review
"It’s adventurous stuff, and adventure is good. On its new album, “Power Baby,” Human Ottoman shifts from conventionally tuneful to chaotically heavy and back again, over and over."
Bend Bulletin Review
"Mallet instruments get a lot of stick (haha) so it's terrific to hear something genuinely fresh and original being done with them." Doklands
"You'll be amazed that sounds this powerful can come from the combination of a cello, vibraphone and drum set" Bend Source Weekly
"Rips my scalp open....in a fun way" - Erik Friedlander
"Fiske delivered experimental vibraphone sounds that answered the question: what if Lionel Hampton had a sweet, sweet pedal board and was also in outer space?" Potlandnotes
"Original, emotive and painstakingly crafted by genuine talent" Bump
"Every song is unique and completely enthralling" Progressive Rock Central- Rampage Review
"From start to finish, it is difficult to lose interest" Stage Dive Magazine
"it is drummer Susan Lucia who ends up stealing the show. Her playing is busy but not show-offy, solid and inventive even in the less aggressive sections, where she hits the rims and sides of drums instead of the heads. She is clearly an equal partner in the enterprise, not just a timekeeper."
"There is a natural flow in their songs, which just come to life. They are breathing, living pieces of art that demand to be listened to."
"We’re glad to encounter a new band pushing boundaries without being too esoteric; this is a sound that could catch on, and we hope it does."
A Closer Listen
Shows of note:
-Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR 12/15/19 with Moon Hooch
-Cornerstone Craft Beer, Berkeley, CA 12/08/19 with Moon Hooch
-Nectar Lounge, Seattle, WA 12/12/19 with Moon Hooch
-Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR 3/19/2015 with The Weather Machine and Tango Alpha Tango
-WOW Hall, Eugene, OR 2/7/2015 with Dengue Fever
-3 Kings Tavern, Denver, CO 12/31/2014 with Itchy-O
-Doug Fir, Portland, OR 6/24/16 with Coco Columbia and Cabin Project
- Holocene, Portland, OR 11/3/2016 with Built to Spill
-Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR 11/17/16 with Three For Silver
-Treefort music festival, Boise, ID 2017
-Doug Fir, Portland, OR 7/31/18 with Long Hallways and Volcanic Pinnacles
-Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR 3/14/18 with Three For Silver
-Doug Fir, Portland, OR 11/14/18 with Wave Action, Childspeak and Toothbone
-The Dip, Redding, CA 3/15/19 with Moon Hooch
Human Ottoman and Dandu House party!