Sunday, June 06, 2010

Day 23 - The Henry Clay People

“We want our music to be accessible, but still mean something. That’s the spirit of this band—nothing we’re doing is rocket science, but we’re playing the music we love. And if some people recognize that, great. Rock ’n’ roll is rock ’n’ roll.”

The above quote is from Joey Siara, who along with his brother Andy are the driving forces behind The Henry Clay People, the L.A. based band that sounds like (and is) a band that has slogged out a couple hundred clubs gigs over the last few years. For some reason, these guys seem to open up for every third band that comes through town. Their performances are sloppy, scuzzy, loose-limbed affairs peppered with shouted vocals and greasy, jagged guitars that feel like the bastard spawn from the ill-fated 1989 Tom Petty and The Replacements tour. They have a new album out this week, Somewhere on the Golden Coast, that (based on the three songs I've heard) is a huge leap forward for the band. I can't wait to hear the rest of it.

For those who need more guitar (but not more guitar wankery), The Henry Clay People deliver - simply, directly and without fuss. As the song says, these guys prefer the slow burn.

The Henry Clay People - "End of An Empire" (Live at Savvy Saloon - Indianapolis, IN)
The Henry CLay People - "Slow Burn"


Natsu said...

I am in a music club, Cool Kids Still Buy CD's, it's coming up early July and we are having an American theme. We are from Melbourne, Australia. Anyway this sounds kind of catchy. Is there any other brand new release you think I can't live without that needs to be shared?

Trip McClatchy said...

Jesse Malin, Delta Spirit, Gaslight Anthem, Alejandro Escovedo, Butch Walker, Dr. Dog, Free Energy, Glossary, Jason & the Scorchers, Phosphorescent, The Roadside Graves and The Whigs are all American artists with new releases that need to be shared. Check 'em out - some of them with mp3s on this blog.