Waiting For Henry - The Story

Waiting For Henry is four guys, a stack of beater geetars, a coupla Tube Screamers, one set of drums and two albums of emotive American rock & roll.  That’s right, TWO albums.  This summer, Waiting For Henry is set to release “TOWN CALLED PATIENCE,” the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut, Ghosts & Compromise.  Earning praise on both sides of the Atlantic and hitting the Americana airwaves in 30 states and throughout Europe, Ghosts was a special  indie surprise of 2013.  Called “timeless… perfect for any playlist in any era,” (Huffington Post), “a guitar lover’s dream” (Aquarian Weekly) with “indie rock urgency, garage band attitude and a Jayhawks meet R.E.M. intelligent power,” (Alternate Root).  The Alternate Root dubbed WFH’s one of the Top 20 Albums of 2013 and listeners to the Jersey Shore’s 90.5 The Night, voted Ghosts their #10 album for the year.

On their first album, the band looked to the past to meet the future, and on “Town Called Patience,” WFH is going back once again.  After happily finding that so many reviewers and fans recognized their early R.E.M. influences, the band figured they’d try and venture further down that alley. 

This time, WFH put their 80’s indie, meets 90’s alt-country influences in the hands of guru producer Mitch Easter, the man responsible for R.E.M.’s first two masterpieces Murmur and Reckoning. Rather than a departure from Ghosts the new album, a year in the making, is a maturation in song, craft and energy.  Recorded at Mitch’s Kernersville, NC studio, Fidelitorium, as well as NJ studios Lakehouse in Asbury Park and Exeter in Freehold, its guitarscape features not only the band’s own vintage instruments, but also many of the same guitars that Mitch lent to Peter Buck for the recording of Murmur.  The 12 songs that underpin this American ride were mixed by Darrell Thorp, Grammy Award winning mixer of Beck’s Morning Phase.  For mastering, through Mitch, Patience found its way to Greg Calbi, Zen master of such albums of Born to Run, Damn the Torpedoes and, of course, R.E.M.’s Murmur.

Waiting For Henry assembled in 2010 as group of former college bandmates, reuniting to record the album they had never made years ago.  After leaving school, WFH’s members went their own musical ways, with Dave Slomin breaking through with his NYC-based band, Mr. Henry, which signed to EMI after a rousing SXSW showcase.  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 and Iggy Pop. 

Dave Ashdown, followed a similar route to the road through the Chicago music scene. Playing drums and guitar and touring with acclaimed bands Boom Hank, Braam and Billhouse.  Rounding out the original trio, Mike Chun is a veteran of the NYC club scene and a former member of renowned Hampton’s party band Hot Lava.  Fellow Hot Lava and Davenport’s drummer Rob Draghi, joined in 2015.

The new album, Town Called Patience, will be released internationally on August 26, 2016.