The Henry Clay People – For Cheap or For Free

by Woody on November 20, 2008

Although it was founded years ago, I recently found out that one of my favorite music blogs, Aquarium Drunkard, owns their own record label. We share very similar taste in music, so I’ve been anxious to learn more about their artist roster. The Henry Clay People is the first release I’ve heard from Autumn Tone Records and their album For Cheap or For Free is fantastic.

The LA foursome are comprised of a set of brothers and school friends who bonded over a love of Pavement and The Replacements. Their sound and lyrics instantly reminded me of The Hold Steady, with a dash more punk thrown in for flavor. Much like the The Hold Steady, The Henry Clay People are unpretentious and brash and I’m sure they plug in on stage with canned beer in hands and have a blast. In fact after SXSW, Esquire named them “the most intoxicated band in Austin” and also said that “the usually amazing band was made even more amazing by the fact that they could barely stand.”

For Cheap or For Free starts off with a sweet guitar hook on “Something In The Water” with vocals that sound like Hutch Harris of The Thermals. You’ll hear similar talk-singing vocal styles on the wordy, but excellent tune “Working Part Time.”‚  They also offer up a couple slow, drunken, country-tinged ambles with “Rock and Roll Has Lost Its Teeth” and “Bulls Through.”

There are certain bands that are just more fun to see live when you are drinking, like Drive-By Truckers, The Hold Steady, and Lucero. The Henry Clay People have the definite potential to be added to that list. I’ll need to see them in person to know for sure.

The Henry Clay People – Something In The Water

The Henry Clay People – Working Part Time

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oz November 20, 2008 at 9:42 am

This is what it would sound like if Stephen Malkmus fronted The Hold Steady.

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