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A year or so ago, a St. Louis band called Photo by Husband e-mailed me for help: They had to put a press kit together, but no one had written anything about them yet. No problem, I replied: Just make up quotes from fake European rock mags (“Photo by Husband macht gut rock musik!” BerlinerRock) or lie about trendy bands liking (Sleater-Kinney calls Photo by Husband “the cutting edge of misogynistic rock tribalism!”), and then type it all up. Mission accomplished. Perhaps I should have advised them to do what D.C.’s own Early Humans have done: Hang your animal skin on a clever concept augmented by an exceptionally bizarre band bio. (“Early Humans’ attempts at electrified music marked a significant break with the acoustic-gatherer societies that were their precursors.”) Fortunately for listeners, this nomadic trio (Matthew Vanek, guitar and vocals; Wells C. Bennett, drums; Kevin O’Meara, bass) roam far and wide in search of musical influences (from Zappa to Wire to Uz Jsme Doma to Primus). In short, the band never falls into a rut. Though the shrieks, grunts, and feedback that you’d expect from a band called Early Humans abound on their demo, the cassette’s best song, “Pylons for Emergency Powers,” falls into a nice groove that shows considerable promiseart-funk promisewithout compromising the band’s more troglodytic power. Just wait until they discover fire! The Humans perform with Carlsonics at 9 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (Richard Byrne)