Hall has created a name for himself within the indie rock scene. His songs have a strong emphasis on lyrics and always aim to tell some sort of story, no matter how big or small. The content ranges from dark to funny to dreary and back again, expressing emotions the listener may not be able to themselves. His appearance as the “Average Joe” helps with his rapport and instantly helps listeners connect on a more personal level.
Henry Hall‘s “My Friends Don’t Like Me EP” is a wonderful demonstration of what indie rock is all about. It tells a story, it’s personal, it’s relatable, and it’s well executed.
All of his recent releases have been published with lyrics readily available, which I think is a huge plus. It shows a confidence that is often lacking from indie artists. Henry Hall opens himself up to criticism from the get-go, eliminating the need to unceremoniously decipher each song. And frankly he has a good reason for his confidence – his songs often demonstrate a maturity, sincerity, and hilarity that is unexpected yet readily welcomed.
In the opening track “Comfort Zone”, Hall sings, “Stop complaining, stop rewinding, stop confiding, you are fine. Everybody wants you, needs you, holds you, sees you, all that shit so f**k off…”. I think it’s a great comment on everyone’s ability to warp their own problems out of proportion and become paralyzed by fear. But at some point, personal neediness becomes wearing on friends and family – you need to snap out of it, get yourself together, and move on. In the track “Everything’s Fine”, Henry displays his ability to create a dark commentary with a humorous juxtaposition: “Thought I was doing fine, but I’m not, cuz I’m not, yeah. La di da think I’ve found my stride, recognizing everything is fine.” It’s a difficult line to follow, but he manages a perfect balancing act throughout the entire EP.
“My Friends Don’t Like Me EP” is a wonderful demonstration of what indie rock is all about. It tells a story, it’s personal, it’s relatable, and it’s well executed. Henry Hall is sure to capture a few hearts with this fantastic new release.