“We want our music to be accessible, but still mean something,” says lead singer/guitarist Joey Siara. “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.”
That statement sums up The Henry Clay People better than I can. Their songs reel you in and never let go, even after countless listens. And if you are lucky enough to see them live, well then, you’re hooked for good. As I mentioned in my SxSW recap, there isn’t a band that has more fun playing live. I have them seen them open up Lolla at 11:30 am, bust out six tunes in our live session the following morning (we were all a little hazy), and play to capacity venues. Each and every time they were phenomenal. They live in the moment and make it contagious.
On Somewhere On The Golden Coast, The Henry Clay People’s TBD label debut, the LA quintet expand on what made For Cheap Or Free so damn catchy. In fact you will even hear freshened up versions of “This Ain’t A Scene” and “Working Part Time” from their prior release on Somewhere On The Golden Coast.
But in the new material, The HCP offer a couple down tempo tracks in “A Temporary Fix” and “Two Lives At The End Of The Night,” giving Joey a chance to showcase his vocals. “Two Lives” a great choice to finish an album that is, more often than not, rocking you to your core. And speaking of those new rockers, “Keep Your Eyes Closed” is my favorite. I’ve been humming that chorus, “Half my life was half your life …” since they played out our session back at Lolla ’09. “End Of An Empire” is another rabble-rouser that features solid work on the keys. It’s a fantastic tune to scream while after a long day of drinking tallboys – I know this from experience.
This album is everything I thought it would be and then some. It’s a must buy if you like authentic rock and roll performed by a group of sincere and genuine musicians. Somewhere On The Golden Coast is out tomorrow.