Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Hentchmen - Campus Party

The Hentchmen are a top-notch Rock n' Roll combo from Detroit, Michigan. Their origin dates back to October 1992, when founding members John and Tim, bored with commercial radio, set out to play stripped down, primitive Rock n' Roll. Using the same blunt and essential instruments (organ, guitar and minimal drum kit) as their Sixties Garage/Punk heroes, the boys rebirthed a savage "hit and run" sound that would soon prove to drive the young-at-heart into a feeding frenzy. With their youthful good looks (cited in the "Cute Bands Alert '97" in Seventeen magazine), and clean-cut charm, these able youngsters were soon invited to play several parties and functions as the Hentchmen. Within the first year they had an explosive reputation and a solid fan base in both Detroit and Ann Arbor. In this time, the fellows released their first self-titled and produced seven-inch record. This effort led to a recording contract with Norton Records in New York and landed them many other indie seven-inch agreements. With all the local excitement, the Hentchmen were playing many shows in the Detroit area but decided to tour nationally. These cross-country, short-notice tours are what the gents are best known for as they have been from coast to coast several times.
In early 1996 after two full-length albums and half a dozen singles, John and Tim added Mike, former member of the Marquette Book Club, to payroll as their new drummer. Maintaining their reputation as one of Detroit's most prolific bands, the boys tightened up the "Hentch sound" and recorded their junior effort, "Broad Appeal". The Hentchmen divide their time between brushing up on foreign language skills and preparing a new batches of hits. They have toured Europe several times, and have criss crossed the nation.Although the Hentchmen will deny any professional affiliation with the future Detroit legend, Jack "Whitey" White, the local social mag, "Sceen Beat" has spotted both parties hangin' out together at several Detroit hotspots recently. This strongly supports rumors that White has been lending his "talents" on sessions for an Italy Records' mini-LP, titled "Gawker Delay". Along with the mini-LP, a more satiating Norton full-length, called "Motorvatin'" will hopefully re-ignite "Hentch Fever" and fans will "Fall" for any new platters!

Tracks
.. campus party
.. dimples
.. every girl i see
.. i got wheels
.. mush mouth millie
.. diesel
.. bag of tricks
.. traction
.. so many girls
.. j-5
.. mess around with you
.. thunder express
.. brown bomber
.. school's a drag
.. scare tactic
.. get in my car & drive

Details
.. Year: 1995
.. Label: Norton Records
.. Country: USA (Detroit, MI)
.. Bitrate: 192 kbps
.. MySpace: www.myspace.com/thehentchmen
.. Last.fm: www.last.fm/music/The+Hentchmen
.. Wikipedia: N/A
.. BUY ME:
http://www.nortonrecords.com
.. Home-Page: http://www.nortonrecords.com/hentchmen.html (Bio on Norton records)

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