The Humans (band)

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The Humans
Genres Indie rock
Experimental music
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts Toyah Willcox
Toyah (band)
Robert Fripp
Members Toyah Willcox
Bill Rieflin
Chris Wong

The Humans are a rock band featuring singer Toyah Willcox, former REM drummer Bill Rieflin and musician Chris Wong. The band have released three studio albums, We Are The Humans, Sugar Rush and Strange Tales, and have performed live in the UK, Estonia and the USA.

The Humans were formed in 2007 when musician Robert Fripp, who is married to Toyah Willcox, was invited to play a short tour in Estonia. Fripp decided to decline the invitation because he was retired. Willcox then contacted the Estonian Embassy, who had issued the invitation, and offered to put an act together for the tour. On acceptance by the Embassy, Willcox then contacted friend and former R.E.M musician, Bill Rieflin and suggested a collaboration and to " something that is just completely off the wall [with] just one bass and a voice". Rieflin and Willcox hired musician and musical director Chris Wong, who had previously worked with Willcox on her solo music tours and concerts, and The Humans three-piece outfit was complete. [1]

The band released their debut album We are the Humans on 1 May 2009. The release was celebrated with a concert at the Tartu Music Festival, where the band was joined by Fripp on guitar. [2]

The Humans released their second album Sugar Rush on 27 September 2011. A third, digital-only, album entitled Strange Tales was released worldwide in March 2014. A UK tour, Telling Strange Tales, is scheduled for April 2015.[3]



Singles & EPs

  • These Boots Are Made For Walkin' Digital release (2009)[7]
  • Live At Scala London EP Digital release available with the Purchase of Sugar Rush UK CD album (2011)[8]

Promotional music videos

  • We Are The Humans (2008)[9]
  • These Boots Are Made For Walkin' (2009)[10]
  • Quicksilver (2009)[11]
  • Sea Of Size (2010)[12]


  • Estonian Live Dates (Estonia, October 2007)[13]
  • We Are The Humans Album Launch (Tartufest, May 2009)[14]
  • We Are The Humans UK Tour (UK, February 2010)[15]
  • Sugar Rush US Tour (USA, September 2011)[16]
  • Sugar Rush UK Tour (UK, October 2011)[17]
  • Telling Strange Tales (Upcoming, UK, April 2015)[18]


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