If you haven’t heard about the “one man funk band” Henry + The Invisibles, prepare to have a new favorite artist. Austin is home to many talented musicians, but watching Henry perform is mesmerizing and just downright fun. He not only sings, but is responsible for playing the parts of a five-person band. Yes, you heard that right. Who needs a band? Henry Roland used to have a backing band to play the myriad of instrumentals that fill up his songs. But, as the story goes, he grew bored of managing the members of his band; getting them in line and on beat was a task unto itself. So, he decided, “why try teaching a backing band what’s in my head if I can simply figure out a way to play everything at once with no backing band whatsoever?”
Henry + The Invisibles just released a new single, “Let’s Bounce,” that is a stimulating, disco funk-infused song best listened to when gliding around the roller rink beneath the shimmer of a disco ball. “Funk disco roller skating grooves are my favorite style of music,” says Roland. “‘Let’s Bounce’ is my homage to the music that makes me most happy in life.” Henry spent the majority of his youth roller skating and skateboarding on the streets of New York and rediscovered his love for skating when he moved to Austin. “Let’s Bounce” is an energetic track with a nostalgic edge that’s guaranteed to make you groove. Henry was the sole multi-instrumentalist, engineer and producer for “Let’s Bounce,” which remains true for all of his music.
Austin has some incredible, one-of-a-kind acts. But even among the most well regarded acts in the city, Henry + The Invisibles stands in a league of its own. His live show commands enormous praise and respect from everyone on the receiving end of his high-energy freight train of funk. If you happen to be in Austin in a few weeks for SXSW 2018, it is imperative that you witness Henry as he plays the role of five people at once onstage.
For more on Henry + The Invisibles and where to catch him next, visit: http://www.henryinvisible.com.
Catherine grew up watching action flicks at a very young age which led to her love of film. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Radio-TV-Film in 2012. Always the adventurer, Catherine traveled and lived in Sydney, Australia for a year where she took a selfie with Brad Pitt. She runs Shuffle with passion, lots of caffeine and tacos. When she’s not editing or writing you can find her crafting and planning her next adventure.