Founded in 2017 by GRAMMY® Award nominated multiplatinum Plain White T’s frontman Tom Higgenson, Chicago-based independent label Humans Were Here empowers artists to make their mark. The Founder brings two decades of writing, recording, and touring to a forward-thinking record company rooted in a time-honored tradition of artist development. The label emerged with two flagship acts right out of the gate—dreamy acoustic pop outfit Fairview and punk powerhouse TLB.

PLAIN WHITE T’S   Pop Rock from Chicago


Pop Rock from Chicago

TLB   Punk Rock from Chicago


Punk Rock from Chicago

FAIRVIEW   Dream Pop from Chicago.


Dream Pop from Chicago.

The Scissors   Punk rock from Chicago.

The Scissors

Punk rock from Chicago.

LIIV   Electronic Pop from Hawaii


Electronic Pop from Hawaii

Plain White T’s



Since emerging in 1997, the GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum Chicago quintet—Tom Higgenson [vocals], Tim Lopez [lead guitar, vocals], Dave Tirio [rhythm guitar], Mike Retondo [bass], and De’Mar Hamilton [drums]—has amassed an enduring, engaging, and enigmatic catalog, spanning two gold-certified offerings All That We Needed (2005) and Every Second Counts (2006) and unshakable anthems such as the double-platinum “1,2,3,4” and platinum “Rhythm of Love.” Among the discography, “Hey There Delilah” went quadruple-platinum, topped the Billboard Hot 100, and earned a pair of 2008 GRAMMY® Award nominations in the categories of “Song of the Year” and “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.” Along the way, the five-piece logged countless miles on the road in front of sold out crowds in nearly every corner of the globe. After a whirlwind tour cycle supporting 2015’s American Nights, the guys hunkered down and began writing the ideas that would eventually comprise Parallel Universe, slated for an August 2018 release. The band’s endlessly hummable signature melodies still shine at the center of this galaxy, but their Universe morphed into an otherworldly atmosphere of ethereal electronic pop strengthened by lush guitar tones and synth transmissions.




The perfect blend of ‘fuck you’ and ‘I still love you.

TLB, have kicked up a tempestuous swarm of intrigue and buzz since forming in 2013 by high school friends Tom Higgenson, Darren Vorel, Dave Tirio, and Eric Vorel. Band members Tom Higgenson and Dave Tirio are also the lead singer and guitarist (respectively) of popular American band Plain White T’s.




The little secret Is out.

Never mind the song title, Fairview is quickly becoming the worst kept secret of 2019. After releasing their first E.P. of songs in 2018 and a tour with Grammy Nominated pop group, The Plain White T’s, Fairview is staring down a very busy and productive year.





Her voice alone is enough - sultry, captivating and powerful - a perfect fit for her electronic indie pop creations (think Grouplove, Tove Lo, MØ). And you don't have to take our word for it. Major industry players have stepped in with full support of LIIV including Live Nation signing-on to provide management services and Bruno Mars funding LIIV's participation in Grammy Camp 2017 in Los Angeles. Impressive for anyone and especially for a Honolulu resident who recently turned 17 and has already surpassed 150,000 online streams, earned a Na Hoku Hanahano nomination and had her music featured on a trailer for the Fox TV show, "The Resident," just last month. Tap into the buzz and watch LIIV's rise unfold.


The scissors


Digging up skeletons after 7 years.

Fresh off a 7 year hiatus, The Scissors are back with a brand new album called “Eulogize.” Out 8.14.19