Release Date: Jun 26, 2012
Record label: TBD Records
These days, rock ‘n’ roll is a quaint enough idea that bands still purely devoted to it feel like they have something to defend. It’s not enough to make an old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll record. No, instead, today’s generation of rock acts ascribing to principles and ethos now decades old must call attention to that very devotion. Recent albums by bands like Deer Tick and Japandroids, and now The Henry Clay People, are nothing if not self-aware.
L.A. rockers on a quest to recapture the spark of their bar-band days Twenty-five. The last birthday that matters, that really means something (until social security kicks in, anyway). At 25, you qualify for a rental car, sans co-sign. It ain’t the same as being able to finally, legally pound ….
West Coast retro punkers mix elements of the Clash, the Fall, the Hold Steady and the Offspring into charging, clomping rockers with strong socio-political lyrical overtones. These songs boast easy to remember, shout-out-loud choruses that ought to sound great for festival audience sing alongs. Even the few ballads get spit out with a pissed off, slap-your-face intensity that borders on the obnoxious but stay on the righteous side of the us-against-them tightrope.