August 5, 2010

The Henry Clay People @ Crystal Ballroom

It must be awesome for a new band like the Henry Clay People to play a packed Crystal Ballroom. That place is huge. Of course, they didn't fill it by themselves, credit for that has to be shared with the Silversun Pickups and Against Me!, but they were definitely the band I was most excited to see. And the band delivered a rousing set of rock n' roll that garnered increasingly enthusiastic cheers at the end of each song. It's not surprising that they'd win over the Portland audience, since the band loves to sing about being young, broke, and in a band. Topics with which Portlanders can identify.

They seemed to be having fun, mixing in a few good lines in between their huge classic rock riffs and thumping drums filled the room. You could tell they were happy playing together and living their rock and roll dream. The singer demonstrated his brotherly affection for the guitarist in the form of playful punches and jumping on his back as he soloed. With only one album to their name, they of course played my favorite songs and I went home very satisfied.

Henry Clay People - End of an Empire from LaundroMatinee on Vimeo.


Mona said...

How was Silversun live? I've always wanted to see them. Do their songs hold up? Also, never understood the fuss over Against Me! ... "I Was A Teenage Anarchist" has to be my least favorite latter-day punk rock song ever, yet NYC indie stations play it constantly!

awmercy said...

I actually didn't stay for the Silverun Pickups, but Against Me! were good.

awmercy said...

Wait, you still listen to the radio?

Mona said...

Hahaha, I know. Only for danceable mainstream hip hop (when I'm in the mood for upbeat shit) and there's a pretty decent rock station for NYC that plays a ton of old/new indie tracks. 101.9 rxp. Check out their site's recently played list, it's pretty decent, even in the alt. rock area. And then there's classic rock fix Q104.3. Does PDX have good radio?

Can't believe you missed the Pickups, considering you were already there!? I bet they're great.