In Humor and Sadness

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In Humor and Sadness
'68 Album Cover, In Humor and Sadness.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 8, 2014 (2014-07-08)
GenrePunk rock, noise rock
LabeleOne, Good Fight
ProducerMatt Goldman, Josh Scogin
'68 chronology
In Humor and Sadness
Two Parts Viper
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press4.5/5 stars[2]
The Line of Best Fit7.5/10[3]

In Humor and Sadness is the first full-length studio album by '68. The album was released on July 8, 2014.

Writing and recording[edit]

Guitarist and vocalist Josh Scogin said that he "wrote a lot of the songs and then would go in the studio and record it that day or the next day," and that drummer McClellan would record a song after only hearing it for the first time that day. Said Scogin, "it’s a very impulsive record, very sorta wing-it style, let’s try this, and there’s no time for looking back."[4] A week prior to recording Scogin set up a small studio inside Matt Goldman's studio where he would write and record songs, "four or five, maybe six songs." Once official recording began, the songs were recorded very quickly, since Scogin choosing to leave in the "mistakes," because it felt "very human." Since recording was going too quickly, Scogin had pressure to write more songs, which he enjoyed, saying that he writes "stressful music," and that "you can really feel it."[5]

Josh Scogin used "a lot of very old, vintage combo amps, pushing them way too hard," which resulted in damaging producer Matt Goldman's amps. The sounds of guitars cutting out is because the amps were actually breaking, and those sounds were left in. Michael McClellan has no recollection of this.[5]

Release and promotion[edit]

The band announced the release a full-length album on May 28, 2014.[6] On June 2, 2014 the song 'Track 1' was premiered via SoundCloud.[7] On June 9, 2014 'Track 2' was premiered by way of two YouTube videos which needed to be played in sync.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Josh Scogin.[9]

1."Track 1 R"3:33
2."Track 2 e"2:51
3."Track 3 g"3:48
4."Track 4 r"2:46
5."Track 5 e"2:23
6."Track 6 t"3:34
7."Track 7 N"3:38
8."Track 8 o"2:44
9."Track 9 t"3:46
10."Track 10 ."5:39
Total length:34:34


In Humor and Sadness personnel adapted from CD liner notes.[9]


  • Michael McClellan – drums
  • Josh Scogin – vocals, guitar

Additional musicians[edit]

  • B. (Birds in Row) – guest vocals on "Track Three: g"
  • Ghost Cat – gang vocals on "Track Three: g"
  • Matt Goldman – keys, additional drums and percussion


  • Matt Goldman – recording, producing, mixing
  • Josh Scogin – production


  • Forefathers – layout, design
  • Kyle Kenehan – photos
  • Aaron Marsh – photos


Chart (2014) Peak
US Billboard 200[10] 109
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[11] 19
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[12] 10
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[13] 2
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[14] 19
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[15] 27


  1. ^ Mark Deming. "'68 In Humor and Sadness". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  2. ^ Pettigrew, Jason. "'68 - In Humor And Sadness". Altpress. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  3. ^ Steve Lampiris (July 22, 2014). "'68 - In Humor and Sadness". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  4. ^ Jones, Janelle. "Interview: Josh Scogin Talks About His New Project '68". New Noise Magazine.
  5. ^ a b Cayem, Timothy. "'68 Interview Origins Writing Process Upcoming Album". YouTube.
  6. ^ Sharp, Tyler. "'68 announce debut album, 'In Humor And Sadness'". AltPress.
  7. ^ Stagg, David. "LISTEN: '68 premieres new single, 'Track One,' from 'In Humor and Sadness'". HM Magazine.
  8. ^ "'68 Release Two Videos That Require Manual Synchronization For New Single "Track Two"". Lambgoat.
  9. ^ a b In Humor and Sadness (CD). New York: Good Fight Music/E1 Music. 2014. Liner booklet. EOM-CD-9431.
  10. ^ "68 Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "68 Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "68 Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "68 Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "68 Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "68 Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.