Photos by Dustin Schneider
Henry the Archer is the brainchild of New Jersey native now Texan, Richard Hennessy, and is named after a fictional autobiography that Richard was working on when he was younger. After moving to Texas in 2013, he began looking for other musicians to finally make Henry The Archer a full time band. Today Henry The Archer consist of Richard on vocals and guitar, Kevin Geist on drums, Charles Marchbanks on bass, and joining them live is Tom Urquhart on trombone. This past summer Henry the Archer released their fourth album “Zero is a Number” which is available now on Hand Drawn Records.
Gearing up for a trip down to SXSW, the boys took the stage Saturday night to an electric crowd at MASS in Fort Worth with Kevin Aldridge & the Appraisers, and Siberian Traps joining them on the bill. The band ripped their way through a set that included fresh takes on crowd favorites from “When Something Means Nothing”, the afore mentioned “Zero is a Number”, and a couple of brand new songs from a yet untitled album.
I caught up and had a quick chat with an enthusiastic and excited Richard after show.
DS: What showcases are you guys playing during South By Southwest?
DS: What are you looking forward to most down at South By Southwest?
Richard: Like anytime on the road, performing on new stages for new faces. Although, I guess this time we can add a Bat-Bridge to the equation…
DS: How far along are you guys on new material and is there a release date on the horizon?
Richard: Currently we are recording 3 new tracks which I plan on releasing this summer. As for status, we are a quarter of the way through tracking. I project tracking to be completed by the end of March; at which time mixing will begin.
DS: Anything else exciting for Henry The Archer on the horizon?
Richard: Fortress Festival 2018! We are very excited to be a part of such an awesome event (for details goto:www.FortressFestival.com). Outside of that, I’m currently planning a tour for late summer / early fall to promote the new tunes I plan on releasing.