What I’ve always liked most about the Henry Clay People is that they are one of the least delusional bands out there. Brothers Joey and Andy Siara probably had a good sense of themselves when they were teenagers, and now that they’re roaring through their 20s, making music (of all the endeavors they could possibly undertake), they confront their quarter-life quandary with biting humor, unflinching honesty and only the minimum daily requirement of hopefulness. Their new album “Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives” (out June 26 on TBD Records) is a punk-rock barrage of guitar blasts and shout-sung squibs about workaday woes and life’s larger shortfalls. It’s as much like the Thermals as any band they’ve been compared to in the past. “We wanted to finally make the record that our 16-year-old selves would have been excited about,” Joey Siara says. Which is to say, an album that still swings from the heels. If the Henry Clay People sound like this at “Twenty-Five,” I hope I’m around for their mid-life crisis.
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||| Live: The Henry Clay People play April 16 at the Desert Daze Festival at the Dillon Road House in Desert Hot Springs. They also play Origami Vinyl’s Record Store Day mini-festival on April 21 at the Echoplex, along with Big Black Delta, Races, Electric Flower Group, Electric Guest, Jenny O and more.