Review: Henrietta, “The Trick Is Not Minding”
I don’t know when it happened, but it did. Florida has made it very clear that they may just be the hotbed of life when it comes to music in 2014. Starting off early with You Blew It!’s ‘Keep Doing What You’re Doing’ and then giving us the blaring reminder that is Dikembe’s ‘Mediumship’, the sunshine state has yet to disappoint. There are countless others that I’ve failed to mention here, but hopefully the point is clear. Florida has a thing for consistently pumping out fantastic bands that seem to only get better with age.
Henrietta is a shining example of this concept. They’ve been releasing a pretty constant stream of music since 2011. Albeit, the releases were short. They’re back catalogue is comprised of a four song ep, and two split eps. Vocalist Manny Urdaneta went on record saying that at that point in the life of Henrietta, “we weren’t mature enough to write more than four or five songs.” Instead of releasing a haphazard full length before they felt ready, the guys in Henrietta held off until it felt right. This is evident immediately on their debut full length ‘The Trick Is Not Minding.’
The record opens with “Give Up Kid.” Opening with “Wake up/You’ve been sleeping for so long” is something I’ve looked at in two very different lights. The first of which is a not-so-serious wake up call telling you to stop sleeping on Henrietta. I’m only half kidding, and I’m only half kidding because it works. The second, and more reasonable of the two lights is that this line is incredibly self-reflective. That this is Henrietta as it was supposed to be, and they’re finally waking up.
The first of three singles, “2000 Miles” is next, and still sounds as fresh as it did when I first heard it back in June. The music is still refreshingly light and airy, and if we’re being honest with each other, I can’t get enough of Urdaneta’s voice. “Constantinople” is arguably the strongest single released from ‘The Trick Is Not Minding’, and it’s easily one of the strongest on the entire record. The music is punchy and important sounding, matching the expression given to us in vocal delivery. Every record has a standout track, and this is it. The third and final single from the record is “Leave It Alone.” This is lyrically my favorite track on the entire record, and is second in line for best on the record behind “Constantine.” I’m a sucker for great lyrics, and this track is choc full of them. The whole record is full of them, really.
“Brutus” is one of the most heart-wrenching songs to listen to. The slow moving, repetitive guitar work is the real driving force of this track. It’s going to take a strong heart to not break when you hear Urdaneta croon “Evening is coming soon/The sun is setting sooner too/And you’ll forget me soon.” You can feel real, haunting sadness there. It’s the genuine feeling of connection that Henrietta creates with ease that makes me question the sanity of anybody that says they aren’t a fan.
I could go on and on forever about how much I love every single song on this record. Henrietta have carved a spot for themselves in the scene with this record. ‘The Trick Is Not Minding’ is one of the most solid releases that 2014 has seen, and I cannot wait to see how well this release will hopefully be received.
Henrietta is here, and they’re here to stay. 5/5