The original lineup of Puny Human.
|Origin||New York, New York, USA|
|Genres||Stoner Rock, Hard Rock, Blues Rock, Progressive Rock|
|Years active||1998 - 2013|
|Labels||Small Stone Records|
|Associated acts||The Company Band, Gang Gang Dance, Sere, Norman Bates & The Showerheads, Heloise & The Savoir Faire|
Puny Human was a stoner/hard rock band from NYC. Active between 1998 and 2012 they exuded an aggressive blues rock sound similar to early Clutch or White Zombie. In their tenure the band released a total of three studio albums, all of which through Small Stone Records.
The band's name stems from a common phrase used by Marvel superhero The Incredible Hulk.
Puny Human began sometime in 1998, formed by the Diamond brothers on bass and guitar, respectively. They would recruit heavy metal vocalist Jim Starace (Sere, Norman Bates & The Showerheads) along with MTV correspondent Iann Robinson as their drummer. From there the band would play out in shows and begin writing songs in a stoner rock or groove rock vein. Signing to Small Stone Records the band's debut record Revenge Is Easy would see release on 11 July 2000 to positive reviews.
The band would follow with recruiting J. Yuenger of White Zombie fame to record the band's sophomore effort It's Not The Heat, It's The Humanity. The album would see release along with the band touring alongside Fireball Ministry in support of it. Sometime after Robinson would leave NYC and depart from the band, opting the band to get tour manager John Bongiorno as his replacement and begin adding newer elements to their sound. At some point in 2005 the band would tour with the likes of ASG and CKY.
In 2007 the band would release their third and final album Universal Freak Out, touring alongside Priestess and Clutch among others in support of it. The band would play more shows throughout the next few years. However, tragedy would strike as lead singer Jim Starace would pass away on 10 November 2012 from lung cancer. The next year a tribute concert would be held at Saint Vitus Bar featuring all three bands Starace had performed in.
- Revenge Is Easy (2000, Small Stone Records)
- It's Not The Heat, It's The Humanity (2003, Small Stone Records)
- Universal Freak Out (2007, Small Stone Records)
- Jim Starace - Vocals (1998 - 2012; died 2012)
- Jason Diamond - Bass (1998 - 2012)
- Jason Diamond - Guitar (1998 - 2012)
- Iann Robinson - Drums (1998 - 2005)
- John Bongiorno - Drums (2005 - 2012)
- AllMusic Article
- Small Stone Records Page
- Puny Human 10 Years Later
- Last.fm Page
- Obelisk article on Jim Starace