Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Every Band We Ever Loved” by The Henry Clay People from the 2012 album Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives on TBD Records
Full of youthful energy and reckless abandon, Los Angeles’ The Henry Clay People aim to recapture the youthful optimism of young fans while still staying grounded in the maturity that age brings. Led by siblings Andy and Joey Siara, the quartet specializes in fun-filled, pit-starting garage rock tunes not unlike Deer Tick or Japandroids. The fifth track on their third album, Every Band We Ever Loved, is a high-octane ode to the years spent in local underground scenes, hanging out in sweaty clubs until the show ends and the staff makes you go home. Full of rowdy guitars, crashing drums, and a gloriously messy guitar solo, The Henry Clay People capture that bright-eyed sentiment and reflect on it with a tinge of cynicism, screaming “every band we ever loved/is selling out or breaking up.” Although nostalgia-driven, the song never falls prey to pessimism for the future, and like their aforementioned contemporaries, they always look to the future to rekindle the rock and roll spirit that inspired them to pick up a guitar in the first place.
The band is just finished a stint on the road supporting Twenty-Five For the Rest of Our Lives, but they’ll be going back on tour in September, so keep an eye on their Facebook for any forthcoming tour updates. For now, here’s HCP’s Joey Siara playing the title track to the new album in a basement in New York: