Monday, June 23, 2008

Quick hitters:: The John Henrys


Herohill seems to have a knack for talking about bands that no one else really cares about (or ones that people throw up in those "clean-out the mailbox" style posts). So obviously it's not that we are ahead of the curve, more than likely it's just the opposite as our tastes usually tend to line up on the other side of hip.

So that being said, we like to be the first ones to talk about any of the bands that fall into our narrow focus and last week when I was writing up the Ottawa roots band, The Brothers Chaffey, I stumbled on a band that blew me out of the water.

The John Henrys are another roots outfit from Ottawa, but man oh man, I got absolutely giddy when I heard their myspace tracks. I started looking in the normal places for songs to offer up, and finally stumbled on a terrific CBC Radio 2 show I was converting to MP3 when I read that We Like Indie unearthed these roots rockers first. Damn you internet!

Musically, the quintet that calls our Nation's capitol home, fires on a V6 fueled by trace elements of The Band, Neil Young, and The Flying Burrito Boys but man, they really get it right. As a huge roots music fan, I am constantly scanning the packages we receive and seeing those bands listed in one-sheets. In fact, I usually end up shrugging the band off and moving on, but The John Henrys are something special. Their songs are country fried, golden goodness but they surprise you with the surprising edge the band leaves on, almost like the burn that shows up after a swig of even the smoothest whiskey. They paint pictures with golds and pinks and float along like a stream.

I want to stop before I go on too much because a full review of their new record - Sweet as the Grain - will be written soon after the arrives, but take a listen to the beautiful sounds of the title track and prepare to have a new favorite back porch band that you reach for anytime the sun starts to set.

Posted at 7:16 AM by ack :: 1 comments

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At 9:35 AM, Anonymous matthew did sayeth:

I'm really excited to hear these guys...I just got the album Friday, but I've heard nothing but great things about it.


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