During our South By Southwest coverage, West Coast Sound very casually broke the news that hard-working Glendale band the Henry Clay People had become label-mates to Radiohead.
The specifics, that they'd signed to TBD Records, were buried in a parenthetical leading to a brief Q&A from Austin with HCP singer Joey Siara, who himself seemed quite laissez-faire about the development.
But with a June 22 release date announced for Somewhere on the Golden Coast and a tour with Drive-By Truckers kicking off next month, perhaps Siara's feeling a bit pluckier than he was when he said this:
“Nothing has changed in our lives at all. I woke up and felt slightly more validated that morning. Other than that… everything else has been 'blah.' But maybe it'll be better when the record comes out. I've learned not to be optimistic.”
January saw the band tuning up its lineup at it usual stomping ground, Spaceland. But it looks like the album features Joey and his younger brother Andy Siara primarily, with help from Earlimart's Aaron Espinoza who recorded the record at The Ship Studios in Eagle Rock.
According to the press release, Espinoza “encouraged the band to ditch the headphones, take it easy on overdubs, drink more beer, and record live in the same room to tape,” which sounds like a good fit for Henry Clay, whose songs split the difference between the alt-rock slouch of Pavement and the spiky energy of Les Savy Fav.
Said the band via MySpace:
“The idea was to track the record as live as possible onto tape, leaving that dirt under the fingernails kinda feel. So yeah, there is a good amount of dirt, but hopefully other stuff too.”
Golden Coast promises 11 tracks in just 34 minutes. Confirmed songs include “A Temporary Fix,” “Your Famous Friends,” “End of an Empire,” “Two Lives At the End of the Night” and a redo of “Working Part Time,” which appeared on 2008's For Cheap or for Free.
Stream that song (the new version) and the shimmery, upbeat “Slow Burn” on HCP's MySpace page, and stayed tuned to West Coast Sound for more details as they come.
Henry Clay People and Drive-By Truckers play the Avalon in Hollywood on May 7.