Waiting for Henry, Valley Lodge (feat. Dave Hill)

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Waiting for Henry

Valley Lodge (feat. Dave Hill)

Sat, October 12, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Waiting for Henry - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Waiting for Henry
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. Waiting for Henry draws on the past in order to see the future… both musically & personally, and reactions have been immediate. The Huffington Post called Ghosts “timeless… perfect for any playlist in any era,” and the AlternateRoot named it #10 in their Top 20 Albums of the Year – 1st Half”, also calling the band one of their “Top 30 Artists Right Now.” No Depression claimed “Waiting for Henry was worth the wait.” and in July 2013, NY’s Aquarian Weekly gave WFH their full Shoreworld Column. Americana radio has also taken to the band, as Ghosts was voted “#10 Album of 2013” by the listeners of the Jersey Shore’s WBJB. KYRS-Spokane DJ, Bob Rice, on said “F***ing Jesus… these 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 other’s 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 Music and Deep South Records after a major 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), Niko Bolas (Neil Young) 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.
Dave Ashdown, followed a similar route to the road through the Chicago music scene of the 1990’s. Playing drums and guitar and touring with acclaimed bands Boom Hank, Braam and Billhouse. In 2009, Dave released his first solo album, Dashdown, showcasing serious talents as a songwriter and producer and earning acclaim from radio and press. Lin Brehmer at WXRT called Dashdown “a latter day Replacements.” Rounding out the trio, Mike Chun is a veteran of the NYC club scene, playing with downtown regulars The Interim Project and a former member of renowned Hampton’s party band Hot Lava.
The band’s sound, captured on Ghosts & Compromise, purposefully echoes the undying influence the original indie bands of the 80’s & 90’s have had on its brethren. The beautiful grit of The Replacements and Buffalo Tom, the melodic jangle of REM and the American twang of Uncle Tupelo is all in there, decidedly, and waiting to be heard… again.
Valley Lodge (feat. Dave Hill) - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Valley Lodge (feat. Dave Hill)
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.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002