by Alyse Horn
Friday night, North Star Bar is hosting The Henry Millers who are promoting their newsiest album, Posies. Compared to their first album, Daises, John MacCallum and Katie Schecter worked a lot more with a producer to fine-tune their sound. They say that the new album was a collaborative process.
“It helped move the [album] forward and take the songs to a different place,” MacCallum says.
The two are both very in love with many different bands, and their musical backgrounds vary. Schecter says that she and MacCallum were “bread to attempt to make it in music.” The two met in their early adolescent years while attending the same school in New York, but their friendship didn’t truly blossom until they were both around 18 years old. They started casually making music as friends, and then it slowly turned into something more serious. Thus, their first album was born.
The Henry Millers combine a slew of different sounds, including guitar and synthesizer, and turn it into a head-bopping and butt-shaking jam.
“Both of us come from somewhat different places musically, and that has an effect on the music we make,” MacCallum says. “[Our music] is two personalities meeting in a cool, weird middle point.”
The show will be one of the last times the band will be playing in the area for a while, as they are scheduling future tour dates. The last time the band was in Philadelphia, it was only a pit stop to perform a show and MacCallum says they were only in the city for about three hours.
“We’re excited to get back and play a fresh Friday night,” he says.
Tickets are $10-$12 and can be purchased on North Star Bar’s website. For more information on the band, visit www.thehenrymillers.com. To view some really fun photos of this duo, head on over to their Facebook page.