The musical vehicle for singer/songwriter Ian Passey...
Regularly championed by BBC 6 Music and 'famed' for withering critique, The Humdrum Express breezily delivers offbeat observation, social commentary and sharp wit; fused with familiar cultural references, surreal characters and subtle puns.
Solo gigs mix fast-paced, wordy acoustic folk with acerbic poems and endearing, irreverent chat.
Full band shows are an exhilaratingly eclectic blend of indie-pop clatter, Oxfam mod and joyful, sardonic cheer.
part of me just wants to stand up and applaud"
- Steve Lamacq
"The Humdrum Express (singer/songwriter Ian Passey) continues to document the quirks of modern times in a unique and infectious manner" - Rhythm & Booze
11 Humdrum Express singles - Festival At Home, Cryptic Self Pity, Double Edged Swords, Copy Cats, Leopard Print Onesie, E-Petition, Online Beer Club, Motivational Wall Art, Denim In The Dugout, Christmas With Evan Dando and The Gig Chatterer - have been championed by Steve Lamacq on his BBC Radio 6 Music drive time show.
Previous gigs include dates with John Cooper Clarke, Bob Mould, Ian McCulloch, Half Man Half Biscuit, The Wedding Present, Hugh Cornwell and The Wombats.
Ian performed a live session on BBC 6 Music on 30th Jan 2019.
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"TThe Humdrum Express are tuneful, eclectic and absolutely bloody hilarious - the missing link between Billy Bragg and Half Man Half Biscuit" - Attila The Stockbroker
All Aboard (2005)
Little Victories (2007)
Elevation Of Trivia (2010)
Clone Town Blues (2013)
The Day My Career Died (2016)
Ultracrepidarian Soup (2020)
Forward Defensive (2022)