"Ethereal Gust," the highly anticipated follow-up album to Free Henry!'s "Summers On Neptune," brings the band back to its roots. Free Henry! hosts a CD release show at Mr. Goodbar, 1110 Elmwood Ave., on "Black Friday," Nov. 25, at 10:30 p.m.
"We are very excited to stamp Mister Goodbar as our CD release venue. It has clearly been the hub of our success in Buffalo! (This is the) release of our best work ever, the dominating two-year studio project that is ... 'Ethereal Gust,' " said frontman Bob Buckley.
The album title describes the poetic imagination that went into creating this 10-track collection, which was developed over the past few years.
" 'Ethereal Gust' is unlike our first studio album. We're always trying to go in new directions," explained bass guitarist Derek Presti. "We said going into this project that our focus would be to create a piece that showcases each band member's depth and uniqueness."
The band members shifted gears, challenging themselves to reach for new heights as writers, musicians and performers.
The album was recorded at GCR Audio, collaborating with audio engineer Jay Zubricky. The featured single, "Ocean Growth," opens with a riveting and mesmerizing rhythmic pulsation and takes the listener into a hypnotic flow capturing the band's vibrant spirit, which is signature to this distinctive quartet's sound.
The album's funk song, "Layin' It Down," features one of Buffalo's finest and most sought-after musicians, DJ Cutler. Cutler provides a foundation of percussive elements that fit hand in glove with Free Henry!'s live funk flavor. His unique sampling brings magic to the entire track, while hinting to the political and social issues that afflict listeners' day-to-day lives.
"This was a first-ever collaboration for us. Cutler's depth paired with Free Henry!'s crafty songwriting makes for a powerful track," said guitarist Alex Foote.
Free Henry! is Buckley (vocals/guitar), Foote (vocals/guitar), Presti (bass guitar) and Pat Mannella (drums). Gigging regularly on the Buffalo circuit, the band has shared the stage with Soulive, Rusted Root, Foreigner, Barenaked Ladies, 54-40, Blues Traveler and The Guess Who at various music festivals and venues throughout the northeast. This year, the band won the Hard Rock Café, Niagara Falls USA, "Battle of the Bands," and headlined on Artpark's amphitheater stage, kicking off the venue's summer concert series.
For more on Free Henry!, visit http://www.FreeHenryBand.com. While there, download a free copy of "Ocean Growth." Also, visit http://www.YouTube.com/FreeHenryMovies for a complete viewing of promotional videos in support of "Ethereal Gust."