Henry + The Invisibles Is All About Love

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    Henry + The Invisibles Is All About Love

Henry + The Invisibles may only be one man, but it is a singularly impressive talent that can carry the energy to entertain a festival crowd. Henry Rowland, the sole member, writer, performer, manager and graphics designer of Henry + The Invisibles visited us in the studio to share new tracks.

LOVE JAMM comes easy as the end of summer, with Rowland jamming away on the piano and singing of a love that exists beyond and into the sky. The song could easily find it’s way into one of those charming bright high notes of a festival, charming it’s way through larger than life references to Bob Marley, the Beatles, and John Lennon’s definitions of love. It’s “all we need,” it’s “one love” and  “it’s real.” And in Rowland’s world, “everybody needs love.”

“I want to talk to you about a four letter word -no not that one. L-O-V-E coming in from stars above.”
– Henry + The Invisibles

This song is awesomely sweet, and reaching to the boundaries of the stars- both of rock and of space. It’s a great example of what Rowland does best- bring people together to dance like they want to forget and fill the room with an energy beyond physical possibilities.

It’s easy to imagine Henry + The Invisibles at an outdoor festival. Part of the routine involves his alien friend “Strobe.” Here’s another moment where Rowland suspends our natural adult inclinations and brings us all into this imaginary world of Rowland’s in which puppets, ALIEN PUPPETS, coexist to jam in harmony together. This part of the show always gives me flashbacks of a Jim Henson creation, like Gonzo and Kermit jamming Earth+Wind+Fire tracks in “Muppets from Space.”

Celebration lasts throughout the year.

Muppets in space
Muppets in space

I mean what’s wrong with an otherworldly concert experience? Puppets seem a lot less caustic than a few other ways I can think of that festival goers might use to reach the stars. Instead of Macklemore doing a swoop of his hair and careening acceptance, here’s a seemingly more genuine (or at least a lot less preachy) way of accepting people- even if they have a football shaped head.

It could be easy to dismiss that kid pre-k kid caught up with their imaginary friends, playing on their own off to the side. But if we do we might miss out on the creative exploration they’ve found among their own imaginary stars.

Download the complete interview HERE.

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