BLURT Magazine

For those who prefer real meat on the bones of their power pop, look no further than this second release by under-the-radar, Jersey-based band, Waiting For Henry. Real meat, cured, seasoned and prepared with love by no less than Mitch Easter, fans of whom know exactly how much he can lend to anything he touches… Each of the 12 tracks on Town Called Patience stirs the listener in record time with serious hooks, harmonies and enough tough and/or melodic guitar sounds to stir your inner rock star. Influences abound. Early Matthew Sweet, R.E.M. and Replacements come to mind – yet these solid-rocking mini masterpieces have little else to do with anything beyond the musical vision shared by lead vocalists/ guitarists Dave Slomin and David Ashdown, bassist Mike Chun and drummer Rob Draghi

No Depression Magazine

...The entire album has a potency that is to be admired.  Each song stands on its own… This is quite a masterwork with that Athens, GA lead guitar sound at full force and gale. Absolutely smoking… Back in the late 1960’s-early 70’s these men could've stood beside the best of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Seatrain,  and the like. They would have had their spot and they would have been respected.

WoNo Magazine (Netherlands)

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...Hearing the first song only, the strangely titled 'Musconetcong' (it's a river in New Jersey, so I found out), I knew that Waiting For Henry and I were going to be alright.  It was that simple... The way the lead guitar plays in the first bars has everything from The Tragically Hip to southern rock bands of the 70s. And when the singing starts all that fits in a country rock voice presents itself. Gritty emotions from travelling on too many dust roads swigging a moonshine liquor container until the final drops are licked off the lid. In short a bit rough and dirty...  it is about touching people and that is what Waiting For Henry does. The 12 song set is well-balanced between the rockers, the rock ballads (of the not Foreigner kind) and hints at country. So all's well in a Town Called Patience.

Colorado Springs Independent

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Echoes of proto-Americana bands like Wilco and Old 97's are awash in this warm and welcome second album from four-piece Jersey band Waiting for Henry. Town Called Patience, with its sharp hooks and memorable lead guitar lines, serves as a sympathetic and effective musical backdrop for the lyrics of Dave Slomin and David Ashdown. While Slomin's radio-ready vocals draw the listener in, Ashdown's raspy singing often takes on a world-weary tone. The jangle quotient is especially high on tracks like "Parsippany" and "Could It Be," which isn't all that surprising when a band is aided and abetted in the studio by R.E.M. and Connells producer Mitch Easter. The result is a tight and unified (but not glossy) sound that'll prove particularly pleasing for the more country-rock inclined followers of the '80s college-rock movement. — BK

Popdose

This sophomore effort from Waiting For Henry is the perfect elixir to a hot, uninspiring summer – breezy, melodic and guitar-laden end-to-end.  The New York/New Jersey-rooted band has hit stride and helping to give the songs even greater impact is the production work of the legendary Mitch Easter, as it was recorded down at Easter’s Fidelitorium in Kernersville, NC and has the mark of some of Easter’s best know and most acclaimed work (especiallyReckoning)... A dozen songs that wake you up and give you pause to think and enjoy.  It used to be that the second album was a make-or-break thing for bands, but so many releases have come and succeeded that no newer bands need worry about such a cliche – at least Waiting For Henry doesn’t.  This is a confident, solid and completely on-the-one effort.

The Aquarian

I covered Waiting For Henry back in 2013 when they released Raising A Toast To Everyone’s Ghost and I loved that record and now Town Called Patience continues that passion I have for this band’s direction and musical growth. If you’re a fan of rock music in the tradition of R.E.M., Whiskeytown and Wilco, you are going to love Town Called Patience.

Michael's Music Log

 

MICHAEL DOHERTY'S MUSIC LOG

Waiting For Henry is a rock band with strong country and folk influences and a bar band edge and rawness, reminding me at times of bands like The Life Of Riley and Wilco.

The Huffington Post

  “A few years back, Mr. Henry, fronted by vocalist/guitarist Dave Slomin, was the band that should have been the big breakout in New York City.  Never happened for various reasons.  Not to worry as Mr. Slomin is back with a new band and better than ever.  Added to their R.E.M.-like alt-rock mix is Chicago-based drummer/guitarist/vocalist David Ashdown.  His no-nonsence ‘tude brought them some serious Midwestern rock and roll sensibilities.  this is not the art rock that often rises from the rank and file of New York’s club scene, just straight ahead timeless classic rock – two guitars, bass and drums – and perfect for any playlist in any era.”   

The Alternate Root

THE ALTERNATE ROOT’S “TOP 30 ARTISTS RIGHT NOW!”  #29. Waiting for Henry – The streets of rock and roll history are littered with bands that had everything in place to explode – except fate.  We could list hundreds.  The New York City band Mr. Henry was one of them.  Fate forgot to intervene.  Fate, being a fickle girl, came back around in 2013 and intervened on behalf of Waiting For Henry.  Shades of indie rock urgency, garage band attitude and a Jayhawks meet R.E.M. intelligent power make the 2013 release Ghosts & Compromise one of the best Roots Rock albums of the year.  Fate Brought Dave Slomin and Dave Ashdown back together for the first time since SXSW...  Fate landed Ghosts & Compromise on our desk and we’re repaying her by giving a solid thumbs up to Waiting For Henry as one of the Top 30 Contemporary Artists on our list.

Aquarian

  “Waiting For Henry is a “back to the future” band that holds its own in a genre ruled by current kings such as Red Wanting Blue and Gaslight Anthem.  The band is a guitar lover’s dream that pays homage to the indie bands that left an indelible mark on generations of twang-addicted dreamers…  The unapologetically gritty rebellion of the The Replacements, the melodic jangle of the REM and the back porch Americana twang of The Felice Brothers are all in there, and it’s waiting for you to revisit the past while applauding this band’s bright destiny.”    

AmericanRootsUK.com (England)

“The two dominating factors on this tremendous album that perfectly blends equal does of classic indie rock and alt. country, is is the meaty dramatic quitar sound and Dave Slomin’s classic alt. country vocals… The band’s fully developed style has a tremendous power and vitality that sets them apart from most other bands working in a similar field.  The playing is always excellent, as is the writing, with some gorgeous melodies upping the ante another notch, crowned by Dave Slomin’s atmospheric vocals that are just about as perfect for this style of music as anyone could wish for.  It that is not enough, a final summing up could say if you like Son Volt and/or R.E.M., you will almost certainly love this.  High praise but fully justified!”    

No Depression

“From the scratchy opening intro (intended) and its guitar twang, the band --Waiting For Henry seems to have been worth waiting for.  But that guitar twang is not representative of every song. There is a diversity in this work: some songs burn, some smolder and some are slow silent fiery embers….  they do sound like a more rocking version of Michael Stipe’s R.E.M….  But, when I say they “sound like” I don’t mean imitating. These guys are following their own menu and pile on their instruments differently than R.E.M. I would also add, that Waiting for Henry mines a different musical tradition than R.E.M. This band would appeal also to listeners who may have enjoyed early Pearl Jam – there’s a little spice in this recipe, the flavors are stronger… So, what do we have here?  Eleven tracks of splendid rock, some with melody, some with muscle and all performed with expertise and just enough weight... most importantly – they never seem to lose momentum or inspiration... This band is disciplined, fresh, and you can hear it in their playing.  They may take a slice of  Lynyrd Skynyrd, a piece of REM, a slab of this and a sliver of that and so long as they come up with a different “face” on what they present – then, hell – they are original.  They mixed the right musical ingredients differently and they made a really  engaging meal of melodies.  Isn’t that what music is all about?   Waiting For Henry was worth the wait.”   

Exclaim Magazine (Toronto, CA)

  NXNE Showcase Review,  2014 - "The river rises without warning, here comes the rain." Surprising, aggressive, elemental, this long-running New York alt-country outfit can sneak up on you, carry you away. Like a rowdier, less melodic Blue Rodeo, Waiting For Henry boasts two vocalists, duelling guitars and terrific energy. They are clearly so happy to be up there, doing their thing, it's hard not to get caught up in that flood… These guys are built for long nights and exhaustive set lists…”  

The Alternate Root

10. Waiting for Henry - Ghosts and Compromise - Bass, drums, guitar rock and roll...period! After a misalignment of the stars kept the NYC band Mr. Henry from reaping the rewards they should have received amidst strong critical praise, guitarist and vocalist Dave Slomin moved on and solicited the services of Chicago based guitarist/drummer and vocalist Dave Ashdown and formed Waiting for Henry. The two fit together perfectly and have crafted one of the finer efforts of 2013. Call it alt-country, call it southern rock meets grunge with a hint of REM, call it whatever you want. Ghosts and Compromise is a refreshing sound built around excellent song writing and solid playing.    

De Krenten uit de Pop (Holland)

  “Waiting for Henry does much more that serve old wine in new bottles.  Their music draws not only from the archives of alt-country, but also incorporates influences from the heyday of the American Underground, and with a little imagination even influences from grunge or Southern Rock.  When listening to Ghosts & Compromise I more than once thought of the best of the Jayhawks (which is very good), but almost as often I was taken back to the heyday of REM (and that is even better) and occasionally I heard some of Pearl Jam or the Drive-By-Truckers… The result is almost irresistible.  Ghosts & Compromise is a glowing disc full of wonderful songs.  Through this combination of influences Waiting for Henry succeeded to make a record that sounds utterly timeless, yet sounds different than anything that we have heard in the past 25 years…. There is now a veritable tidal wave of American Roots discs thrown at me, but there are not many that have made such an impression on me as the debut of Waiting for Henry.”

absolutepunk.net

8.5 out of 10 Stars.  …Ghosts & Compromise does have some great moments.  Foremost of these is album opener “Buy American,” a jangly slice of patriotism that is crisp, anthemic and nothing short of perfect.  Like a distant cousin of Son volt and Whiskeytown, “Buy American” is a gently rising dollop of wistful alt-country that any onetime No Depression subscriber would find kinship with…  Slomin has always had a penchant for writing an honest, first-rate American ballad and “Ghosts & Compromise” is that very song…  Songs like these are just begging for a wider audience.”

Rootstime.be (Belgium)

“Sometimes, very occasionally, the life of a reviewer can be particularly easy.  Then you do not have to go looking for labels and boxes to put an album in, nor do you have to engage in figuring out the history of a band or its members.   That was what happened to me with Waiting for Henry, a New York band of three old friends, the Dave's, Slomin and Ashdown, and Michael Chun, who more or less lost sight of each other and then one day ended up in the same place.  One thing led to another, and this debut record came to be.  …The authenticity and honesty here overflows… That’s not the case with all bands and it gives Waiting for Henry some extra points on a disc that, in terms of sound and production, could just as well have been made ten or twenty-five years ago.  In Dutch, I believe we call it "timeless."   

Crossroads - KYRS, Spokane, WA

“I love this disc top to bottom… Ghosts & Compromise is gonna stick up there and remain at the top of my favorite indie band section for quite some time… It kinda takes me back to some of the roots of rock and roll that I was playing back when… bands the were really huge at that point were REM, The Replacements, Pearl Jam.  These guys, man, they are running all of those influences… and throw in a little Jayhawk’s vocals in there.  Yup, that’s Waiting for Henry.  Like I said, I just dig this brand new record.  It’s at the very top of my list and it’s been there for now for a number of months… I have not been mincing my words and have only been bragging about this record… God, I spin it up and it just puts a smile on my face… and everybody that I have played it for, they just go “Holy crap… who is that?!”  I tell them it’s Waiting for Henry… It’s my favorite, and it’s been ever since it landed in my mailbox…  Something tells me Waiting for Henry is gonna be happening.”

AmericanaUK.com

  “Waiting For Henry’s music contains slices of Wilco’s nagging moodiness coupled with sharp, incisive incisions of rock… the boys produce music which is direct and forceful with no prisoners taken.  I love the pounding beat and lead guitar changes…I look forward to hearing more from the band…”     

Americana Rock Mix

  “A solid representation of of 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.” 

WBJB The Night 90.5fm - Annual Listeners Poll

Waiting For Henry voted the #10 artist of the year, out of 300 albums played, in WBJB’s year end poll!  90.5 The Night, Jersey Shore, NJ