Henry Clay People

Something about hearing Joey Siara’s voice straining over giant hooks by his brother Andy just puts a smile on my face. I can’t put my finger on it. In some ways, the lyrics music shouldn’t connect with my old, tired ass. But as Joey Siara describes the album, I realize that I may still have some teenage angst in me: “We wanted to finally make the record that our 16-year old selves would have been excited about. Unfortunately the only way to do so was to live for the last 13 years and get some adult suffering under our belt. Now we can direct our misguided teenage angst at our failed 20s.”

In many ways, this should be blaring from the high school kid’s house next door while I spin some Dead bootlegs and play some old Johnny Cash, but goddamn, it does make me feel alive. I told Oz, “listening to the new Henry Clay was like getting an electric shock to my balls,” and I meant it as a compliment. As you hit your 40s, it’s easy to get complacent but cranking HCP the other night while grilling burgers made me feel like the dirtbag that I really am.

Like their first two albums, Twenty-Five For The Rest of Our Lives is full of sweeping, steering wheel-banging, chorus scream-along anthems. On this effort, however, it as a more rambunctious feel than their first effort on TBD Records, Somewhere On The Golden Coast. As Siara conveys in his comment above, they are comfortable in who they are and in their sound. And that means channeling their influences – The Mats, Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement, amongst others.

I greeted this release with very little excitement as I thought I might have outgrown them. But after a couple of spins, I decried, “Fuck it!” and cranked it up loud and haven’t stopped listening. I suggest you do the same.

HearYa Live Session can be found here.

Henry Clay People – 25 For the Rest of Our Lives by tbd records


Brothers Joey, Andy and the band stopped in our studio during Lollapalooza for a live session, early morning bloody mary’s and several laughs. The band recently signed to one of our favorite labels, TBD Records, which is also home to Radiohead, Port O’Brien, White Rabbits and Other Lives. Head over here to download the session.

Exclusive: The Henry Clay People – Switch Kids (HearYa Live Session version)

Catch them on tour with Drive-By Truckers:

May Tour With Drive By Truckers

May 5th Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
May 6th House Of Blues San Diego, CA
May 7th Avalon Ballroom LA, CA
May 8th Fillmore Theater San Fran, CA
May 12th In The Venue Salt Lake City, Utah
May 13th Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
May 14th Aggie Theater Ft. Collins, CO
May 15th Belly Up Aspen, CO

Video: The Henry Clay People – Something In The Water