- Artist: Henry
- Format: CD
- Release Date:12/9/2003
Underground, dark, artful and distinct ... Henry is a modern garage-rock band raised on New Order, The Lyres, Joni Mitchell and Morrissey. Cutting and poignant, heady and unique, their second album is: A Little Fiat - a bold and inventive sketchbook of alternative pop styles that encompasses college rock, garage, art-rock and punk. REVIEWS: This is what hip is ... cool ... dark ... images of The Velvet Underground. Henry possess that beat poetry, introspecting underground rock feel. I haven't heard a CD like this in a while, so it felt good to hear this one. 'Cyanide' is a mood-setting, laidback, collection of eight tracks that holds this element of artistry and depth. -Debbie Catalano, SoundCheck ** Henry sounds as if it has the chops to go deep in the future. Their audience, and it's sure to be a large one, will find them. -Joe Hartlaub, Music-reviewer.com ** Henry's tunes are like the 80s ... grooving into the unlit alleys and cult clubs that gave life to a culture. -Ben Ohmart, Editor, Music Dish On-Line ** If the trio can keep up with what they have started, success just might follow. -Lydia Cox, ActionmanMAGAZINE ** A remarkable debut from a fairly young band. -Gail Worley, Ink19.com ** An excellent-if-bittersweet effort from the beautifully out-of-time Henry. -Jesse Thomas, The Noise-Boston ** ** (reviews for debut disc Cyanide) History: Henry is a 3-piece from Boston, Mass., featuring Don Gould on vocals and guitars, Tom Rasku on bass, and Brian Toomey on drums. Gould's a prolific songwriter who's amassed more than 85 songs - most delving the super excesses of his hard-lived life. The band released their self-produced debut 8-song album, called Cyanide, in November of 2002. The disc was praised in indie-press circles for it's originality, clever songwriting, and it's affecting emotion. Even MTV noticed and licensed 'Broke In The Wood' for their 'Sorority Life' and 'Fraternity Life' series. The Coming of Light: A Little Fiat ... For their follow-up, Henry set out to retain the sincerity of Cyanide, while experimenting with their sound. Their smoke-filled shit hole of a rehearsal space, just north of Boston, was once again their make-shift recording studio. With just their Fostex 16-track recorder, and total artistic freedom, the band produced and recorded A Little Fiat between July and August of 2003. Listen close to quieter tracks and you'll hear punk bands bleeding through from rooms next door. The theory: as long as the tune captures the right emotion, then who f***ing cares about a little room noise. And even when veteran mastering engineer, Dave Locke, wanted to clean the hiss and noise out of tracks like Good Message, the band refused, insisting: 'the noise is all part of these song now ... part of their tension ... and part of their beauty, too.' All 10 songs on this album are distinct, and very different from one another. To know this disc, you'll have to listen to each track. Musts include: Fun In The Sun, Good Message, My Home, Change + Falling Fire. So what does Gould write about? Well, mostly: 'loneliness, paranoia, and the dirt of human condition', he says. The song 'My Home' is about looking at addiction as a regular state of being that someone falls into, like a character out of Barfly ... and Gould reminisces about his own carefree teenage years stumbling home at night, when nothing else really seemed to matter. 'Fun In The Sun' contrasts one's paranoid delusional state, that forms years after 'habits' start as just 'fun in the sun'. 'Wash' is about rejection. And in the song 'Fever Stay Low Fever Stay Late', Gould relives his stay in a mental institution in the Berkshires in Western Mass., recovering from a bad acid trip, with vivid memories of his sister driving him away in her little Fiat. The title 'A Little Fiat'? It's a lyric from 'Fever Stay Low Fever Stay Late'. The line refers to the Fiat Lux, and to a more personal 'coming of light'. The band's goal: 'To create music that's artful and vital and real. We want to create something totally different.' And their audience: 'We're not trying to win over the easy listeners out there. Our fans will appreciate a little eccentricity in their music'. For influences ... Gould sites Morrissey, The Velvet Underground, Jim Carroll, Joni Mitchell and New Order. Rasku sites Sonic Youth, Mission of Burma, Morphine, and Iggy and The Stooges. And Toomey sites jazz in general, along with early Police, Nirvana and Big Audio Dynamite.
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