Have you heard of The Henry Millers? If you haven’t, get to know them, and do it fast. They are about to blow up.
The NYC literary-psych-rock band released their debut album, Daisies, at the end of 2012 and man, this album is a breath of fresh air. After playing Daisies in full, I recognized this was the best songwriting I’d heard in a long time.
Daisies is the sort of album that would be used as a film’s soundtrack à la The Graduate. The Henry Miller’s songs are charmingly campy without being too saccharine and ultimately embody the emotions, psyches, and sounds of our generation.
Y&P is more than stoked to include The Henry Millers on our Top 13 of 2013 list!
[Y&P] When and where did you two meet? Do you live together?
[The Henry Millers' Katie Schecter & John MacCallum] Neither of us knows exactly when, where or how we met, but it basically happened through mutual friends at some point growing up in New York. I can say for certain that we became best friends in a single day when we skipped school to go sledding in Central Park during the blizzard of 2006. We do not live together in a technical sense, but Katie will almost more often than not sleep over.
John, what do you admire about Katie musically?
Her flawless pitch, her ability to effortlessly create magical harmonies, and her drumming.
Katie, why do you like singing with John?
Because he is HOT HOT HOT!!!!!
What is your hobby outside of music?
Katie: Keeping a journal & practicing yoga.
John: Reading history.
John: Smoke a cigarette and try to keep calm.
Katie: Same. And usually a whiskey or two. I also sing the highest note I hit during our set about 20 times to myself like a total weirdo.
Where is your favorite place to wander around in NYC?
John: Upper Central Park.
Katie: I don’t really like to wander around. I prefer having a set destination.
What has been the biggest step you’ve taken as a band this past
Signing with our amazing label Ropeadope Records.
How do you stay focused? What gets you out of bed in the morning?
John: Coffee and the thought of being able to make more music.
Katie: Same here, and yoga definitely helps, deep breathing. I keep telling John he needs to get into it …
Recommend a book that has changed your perspective.
John: All Quiet on the Western Front.
Katie: The Old Man and The Sea. Hemingway.
Besides indoor plumbing and electricity…what do you consider be a wonderful invention?
John: The synthesizer and medicine.
Katie: Wait a second … We have electricity??!
Where is your favorite place to travel in America?
John: The South.
Katie: I agree, great vibes there.
Are you able to point out constellations in the night sky? If so,
which one(s) can you identify?
John: Yes, tons… Big Dipper, Littler Dipper, Ursa Major and Minor, Scorpio, Andromeda, Cancer, Libra, Orion, Cassiopeia, Virgo, Taurus.
Katie: What a show-off…
What talent do you wish you had?
John: The spinning basketball thing…
Katie: To be able to do a front hand-spring at any given moment.
Best advice you’ve received, or best advice you’ve proffered?
John: Patience is a virtue.
Katie: You are not in competition with anyone,including yourself.
What is your current state of mind?
Katie: Same. I guess that’s why we’re best friends.
Download The Henry Miller’s Predator for free here!