Tragic themes and a folk-tinged Southern Gothic Americana sound form the basis of “The Devil Is My Friend”, the haunting full-length solo debut by Henry Derek Elis, with contributions from Aubrey Richmond & John Schreffler Jr. (Shooter Jennings), Jarboe (Swans), Tara Vanflower (Lycia) Neal Tiemann (DevilDriver) and many more. “The Devil Is My Friend” is set for an October 26th release.
Today Elis has teamed up with Brooklyn Vegan for an exclusive full album stream of “The Devil is My Friend.” Listen to the album HERE and read about some of the most influential releases in Elis’ life and musical career.
In a marked stylistic departure from his persona as frontman for heavier rock acts, Henry has crafted a poetic and deeply personal solo debut, steeped in memories of his childhood in Milledgeville, GA, the same place Blind Willie McTell and Flannery O’Connor made their death beds; “the kind of small town with a haunted past that can swallow you up whole if you let it,” says Henry.
Dynamic rock arrangements reflect Henry’s encyclopedic knowledge of dark folk, classic country, traditional blues and classical music, resulting in an atmospheric, apocalyptic landscape, where lonely sonic highways are littered with the detritus of misfortune and the soft glimmering of something that might be hope.
“The Devil Is My Friend” Tracklisting:
1. No Skin
2. The Devil Is My Friend
3. What’s Left of Us
4. Sing For The Dead Man
5. Weeping Willow
6. Corpse Carver
7. If It’s Not Too Late
8. Only Bones
10. Graveyard Country Blues
You can pre-order the album here!