With tongue firmly in cheek, Henpecker celebrates life's simple joys and
laments its shortcomings with its fun mix of originals and obscure cover tunes.
At the core of this band is a trio of singer/songwriters playing acoustic and
electric bass and six string guitars. Harmonica and percussion round out the
unpretentious, infectious sound of the typical Henpecker set.
Henpecker embraces the roots of folk music by singing from the grass-roots
perspective. Henpecker's members have expanded musical reach of their punk
sensibilities by inclusion of traditional folk music and country, casting an
ever skeptical eye toward politicians, corporations, religion, and popular
culture. Regardless of the type of song, Henpecker adds their own styles while
keeping true to the genre.
The Henpecker experience reminds us that life is far from perfect, and
encourages us to persevere in pursuit of common truth. A Henpecker show welcomes
you to celebrate the frustration, joys, irony and humor of living in 21st
Henpecker is based in Northern California, formed by long-time North Coast
transplants Brett Shuler, James Forbes, and Sean Ennis. All three founding
members share singing and songwriting duties, including three part harmonies and
group chants. Brett and Sean play hollow body and solid body guitars
respectively. James plays electric and acoustic bass guitar. Adding percussion
to the mix is drummer Jeff Langdon.
Brett Shuler is a notorious folk songwriter hailing from the East, having
migrated up and down the west coast to hone his musical and culinary chops
including stints in groups such as The Yowling Zygotes and Brett the Truck.
James Forbes provides the human backbone behind premier super-pop band, The
Buffy Swayze, and jukebox cross-dressers, The Cover Girls.
Sean Ennis plays the squealy guitar parts for Iron Rain, a favorite of bikers
everywhere. He has on occasion been talked into playing his electric bass guitar
for a few tamer projects such as Marooned Women and Omele de Omere.
Jeff Langdon plays drums for Henpecker, but doles out crunchy guitar riffs
for The Hitch, and has a crazy brother named Leftover King.