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Many New Yorkers are sure that the city's music scene is dead. The Worst Humans' frontman, Ian Holubiak, isn't cool with this fact. His band is making a name for themselves in the city, especially downtown, where they've been played a big chunk of their shows, although they hail from Brooklyn.
The three piece consisting of Holubiak (vocals, guitar), Steve Conroy (bass), and Chris Corsico (drums) makes a sound much bigger than they are, and anyone who has seen them live can attest to that. 
The band's music can be described as grunge-pop, and their new single "Gimme Poison" is sure to amass fans. Twitter fan girls were already tweeting about loving the song single minutes after it was released last night.
We spoke to Holubiak about the birth of the band, songwriting inspiration, the new single.

 The Worst Humans is a pretty tongue in cheek name. What was the inspiration behind that?
IAN HOLUBIAK: The name was actually spray painted on a wall outside of a recording studio in Greenpoint that I used to frequent. I remember taking a picture in front of it and thinking, “Wow, this would be a great band name!” Sure, it can be seen as a sort of commentary but it’s really just something I thought was funny. 
SD: After playing in other bands, what made you want to branch off and start a new band, this time being the front man?
IH: I guess the idea was that I’d always have my own band, even when I was in others that I wasn’t singing in. I’ve always been self-conscious about the way I sing even when I was doing it in a band I had back in college. The band that I have now, The Worst Humans, is what I’ve always wanted to do: something more driving and fully electric.

SD: How did you find your bandmates, and how did you know that they were "the ones?"
IH: We actually met through a mutual friend. A friend of mine, Sam, used to manage my college band and we kept in touch through the years. When I made the departure from the other bands I was in at the time I asked him, basically, who was around and wanted to play. Some members have come and gone but the latest outfit is the most proper. I mean, we all just really enjoy playing and the tunes speak to that.

SD: What's the hardest thing for you when it comes to being a brand new band in New York City when there's already so much competition?
IH: Is there a lot of competition, though? I’ve been told time and time again that the NYC music scene is “dead.” It breaks my heart to hear it because I love this city so much but I can see their point. I mean, here’s a lot of competition anywhere you’re trying to start a band, really. It’s because guitar-driven music is having a hard time remaining popular or becoming popular again. I guess that would be the hardest obstacle, trying to be a band in the current musical climate. I have noticed, though, a resurgence in “emo” music lately, and I think that’s pretty rad since that’s what I grew up listening to.

SD: What's your main inspiration when it comes to songwriting? 
IH: It’s one of those things where, because I live in a small room, I can only play my acoustic guitar. So a lot of my songwriting comes from a kind of folk foundation, which is really the kind of music that’s my heart and soul even though I play this harder, sort of alternative music. Anyone who knows me will tell you it’s a mesh of The Tallest Man on Earth, Death Cab for Cutie and The La’s. The edge probably comes from early- 90s music. You can decide what I’m talking about with that.
SD: Does it scare you to put out music that's so personal and based on your own heartbreaks and hardships?
IH:  Ya, for sure! I’ve always admired musicians who’ve been able to incorporate stories into their music about experiences completely foreign to their own. Maybe it’s a lack of perspective, but I have to live what I write about. Be it my own bouts with mental illness and taking medication for it or some kind of narrative about our time, it’s all something I’ve lived or believe very strongly in. As I’m getting older, I’m finding my  perspective is changing, I don’t believe in or associate with things I used to. Where I’ve come in regards to what I sing about focuses on myself and that’s usually me trying to start a larger conversation with how we all feel in this day and age. Otherwise, I don’t like to write about other people anymore.

SD: Can you tell us about your new single, "Gimme Poison?" Whats the meaning behind it?
IH: The song was actually co-written with this super talented singer/songwriter Jen Newman and my longtime musical partner Rob Guariglia. Jen had the core melody and some great lyrics and Rob and I formed the instrumentation around it with me completing the lyrics afterward. It’s great because the lyrics were a close experience to some that I’ve had.  It was easy to fit myself into it; it didn’t feel like I was writing  something for another person, just for and about myself. What it means is your call.

SD: What's next for The Worst Humans?
IH: We’ve a show August 19 at Berlin (2nd & Ave A in Manhattan) with our good pal Mike Greco and The Ritualists. Another song and video will come out over the fall. Shows are to follow through the season so keep checking in!
Photos by Kristin Gallegos 
Here's the lyric video for "Gimme Poison," released TODAY! 

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