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The Henry Clay People

March 16, 2009

Last night was the first night of ATLSXSWeek, an attempt to not stay home and sulk the entire week because of my inability to attend SXSW this year. Knowing that there are so many good venues in Atlanta, I just figured I’d make the best of the situation and pretend I was at a music festival, and go see a show every night.

It’s ambitious, especially for me, but so far I’ve managed to go out on a Sunday night, and that alone is quite an accomplishment. Not only that, but I also discovered a really good band in the process.

The Henry Clay People are an indierock band from Los Angeles (but don’t hold that against them), and they opened the Airborne Toxic Event show last night at DU. From what I was able to find on the Interwebs, HCP was named after the American statesman who was known as “The Great Compromiser” and was the founder and leader of The Whig party (which makes me immediately think that a double bill with The Whigs is in order).

HCP’s sound is raucus, twangy, straightahead rock that reminded me of Pavement and the Grifters, two of my favorite bands. So I was instantly a fan. They did some silly covers, the singer jumped off the stage and milled around the audience … all in all they were just FUN. They were a pleasant surprise and set the bar very high for the rest of the night. So high that the next band just couldn’t hold our interest, so we ended up heading home a little early. I got some nice shots of the band which I’ll post a little later (it was Sunday night after all), but in the meantime check out HCP on their myspace.

The Henry Clay People Tourdates

Mar 17 2009 – The Loft w/ the Airborne Toxic Event – Dallas, Texas
Mar 18 2009 – SXSW-Stimulus Package Party at the Paradise Cafe – Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2009 – Meridian Red Room w/ the Airborne Toxic Event – Houston, Texas
Mar 19 2009 – SXSW-Dog and Pony party at Opal and Divines – Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2009 – SXSW-Aquarium Drunkard/MOKB party at Peckerheads – Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2009 – SXSW-LA Record Showcase at the Independent – Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2009 – SXSW- Hot Freaks Party at the Mohawk – Austin
Mar 20 2009 – SXSW-Little Radio party at Red Eye Fly – Austin, Texas
Mar 25 2009 – Beauty Bar w/ the Airborne Toxic Event and Rademacher – Las Vegas, Nevada
Mar 26 2009 – The Glass House w/ the Airborne Toxic Event and Rademacher – Pomona, California
Mar 27 2009 – Blue Lamp w/ the Airborne Toxic Event and Rademacher – Sacramento, California
Apr 6 2009 – SPACELAND w/ Mike Watt and the Missing Men, Thee Mighty Angels, and Ready the Jet – Los Angeles, California
Apr 8 2009 – Slims w/ The Airborne Toxic Event – San Francisco, California
Apr 13 2009 – SPACELAND w/ the Broken West, the World Record, and Writer – Los Angeles, California
Apr 20 2009 – SPACELAND w/ Marvelous Toy, Adeline and the Philistines, and the Whip – Los Angeles, California
Apr 27 2009 – SPACELAND w/ Flying Tourbillon Orchestra, Swim Party, and Young Love – Los Angeles, California

4 Comments leave one →
  1. ms gish permalink
    March 18, 2009 5:55 am

    So what did you think of Airborn Toxic Event. Of course I really like that one song of their but is the rest of their stuff good? I have always wondered if they were too melodramtic live — but that’s totally based on nothing.

  2. March 21, 2009 6:06 pm

    I got to tell you, Los Angeles has an AWESOME indie rock scene right now. Folks think LA music is The Sunset Strip and it is most certainly not.

    See also: The Happy Hollows, Afternoons, The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra, The Deadly Syndrome, Castledoor, The Monolators, and Manhattan Murder Mystery.

  3. young permalink
    March 26, 2009 1:15 pm

    the henry clay people are amazing live and the two available full-lengths are amazing too. i hope more people figure that out. as for local southern cal bands worth some time, here are a few more: whispertown2000 (or the whispertown 2000), the parson redheads, my pet saddle, nico stai and the swim party

  4. June 5, 2010 11:03 pm

    Thanks for posting an great tune 🙂 I really enjoy listening to it!

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