SONG PREMIERE: Henry Chadwick Offers Bouncy Piano Rock With “Never Say No”

Henry Chadwick is a Santa Cruz, CA-based singer-songwriter, musician and producer. Chadwick’s music dances between genres and lands somewhere between indie, garage rock, psychedelia, and shimmery, sunshine-tinged power-pop.

Chadwick’s self-produced and self-released 2016 debut EP Guest At Home first showcased his skills as a writer, engineer, mixer, and performer. The EP garnered attention from prominent blogs and outlets such as Rolling Stone, Time, Huffington Post, Indie Shuffle and others. Rolling Stone and Time Magazine listed it as one of the best albums to come out in the first half of 2016.

In late 2017 Henry Chadwick entered the studio with producer Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck, Kurt Vile) and engineer, Brian Rosemeyer (Kurt Vile, Cass McCombs, Surfer Blood), and emerged with his most personal and ambitious effort to date. Chadwick acted as a multi-instrumentalist again, playing drums, guitar, bass and keys on the record. The 11-song album, which came out in the 2nd half of 2018, is named Marlin Fisher, after Henry’s two middle names. Marlin Fisher has received praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, No Depression and more.

In 2019, Chadwick is back and releasing a 5 song EP titled The President of Make Believe with Brooklyn-based Indie label, Swoon City Music. The tracks were recorded partially in Santa Cruz, as well as Brooklyn with engineer Mike Beck, who also mixed the EP.

Today Glide is excited to premiere “Never Say No”, the latest single from Chadwick. The song showcases Chadwick’s skill in the greatly underrated realm of piano rock alongside his savvy songwriting skills. Here we get a song that keeps a rock backbone while also sounding effortlessly infectious. Chadwick seems adept at melding a power pop sensibility with 60s and 70s rock. He doesn’t hold back on the piano either, keeping it front and center in the music and playing with admirable force. As he explains below, the upbeat music and the downtrodden lyrics offer a contrast in moods.  

“This song is a bouncy little number, and the first song I’ve written that features piano as a main character. The song has a sort of spun out happy feel to it, which is contrasted by bummed out lyrics. I wrote it a while back when I was, as the chorus goes, ‘not having a good time.’ Putting happy, bouncy music behind it gave me a good little chuckle when writing it and makes it sort of cathartic and fun to play live. I think of it as sort of a bummer anthem, celebrating not wanting to celebrate. Hope you enjoy!”

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