Waiting for Henry and Valley Lodge

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Waiting for Henry and Valley Lodge

Waiting For Henry is a new band of old friends brought together by the emotive American rock & roll of their debut album: Ghosts & Compromise. Fronted by former Mr. Henry lead singer/guitarist, Dave Slomin, the band includes Dave Ashdown on drums, guitar & vocals and Michael Chun on bass. Like all artists meant to be heard, Waiting for Henry draws on the past in order to see the future… both musically & personally. AmericanaRockMix got it right, recognizing in Ghosts the “great music that can be rendered when a band lands on the borderline of indie rock and Alt. Country without getting too caught up in either territory,” and Bob Rice, on KYRS‐Spokane said “F***ing Jesus… you guys rock! I love the whole sound, REM meets the Jayhawks”
While the band formed in 2010, the members’ history goes much deeper. Slomin and Ashdown were college bandmates in Upstate New York back in the late 1980’s, while Chun played in a rival group. Constant vying for the same gigs created a serious band rivalry that kept them apart (…if not at each others throats). But, after moving to NYC, Slomin and Chun found themselves running into each other in the same clubs, for the same shows, and realized they shared the same taste for overdriven guitars and gritty songwriting. When Ashdown moved to New York in 2010, the lineup was set.
Dave Slomin broke through in the mid‐1990’s with his NYC‐based band, Mr. Henry, which signed to EMI and Deep South after a thundering showcase at 1996’s SXSW Festival. Following the set, Concrete Magazine called Mr. Henry “the best band of the SXSW week.” Mr. Henry’s music captured a unique place between the newly rising Alt‐Country of Wilco and Whiskeytown and the earthy American pop rock of acts like Gin Blossoms. The band recorded with renowned producers John Hampton (Replacements, Gin Blossoms) and Dave Bryson (Counting Crows) and toured constantly, headlining clubs and opening for bands as widely varied as Counting Crows, Iggy Pop and The Bottle Rockets. By 2001 the band went on temporary hiatus, which became more permanent as members moved throughout the country and the world.

Watch out for your nuts- Valley Lodge has come to rock you so much with their reasonably loud pop rock music of the guitar-oriented variety. Featuring former and (in some cases) current members of Walt Mink, Sense Field, Cobra Verde, Uptown Sinclair, and Satanicide, Valley Lodge has somehow managed to become more obscure than all those other bands combined. Japanese indie rock label This Time Records re-released Valley Lodge’s self-titled debut album in Japan this fall. A full-on Asian invasion can’t be far off. In the meantime, brace yourself for the band’s soon-to-be-releases second yet-to-titled album which features even more songs that sound like the Kinks, the Raspberries, T. Rex, Cheap Trick, Big Star, the Who, Matthew Sweet, and Thin Lizzy all combined and then stuffed into a bag and thrown into a chocolate river. Or something like that anyway.

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Waiting for Henry and Valley Lodge
Event Category: Live Music
When: October 12, 2013
Time: 7:30pm
Where: Mercury Lounge
Cost: $$12
More Info: www.mercuryloungenyc.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mercuryloungeNY
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mercuryloungeny


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