British singer, songwriter and guitarist Holly Henderson unveils her astonishing debut album Monday Green.
Some may be familiar with Holly Henderson via her work with British punk/rock bands such as the Sex Pissed Dolls and Dorja. However, having spent several years cutting her teeth on the road performing hundreds of shows around the UK including high profile events such as the Isle of Wight Festival, Henderson decided to spread her wings and push her creative boundaries by embarking on a solo career that would allow her to put forward songs that better represent herself musically.
A chance online encounter with guitarist and producer Pete Thorn (Chris Cornell, Courtney Love, Melissa Etheridge) catalysed the whole project which would become Henderson’s debut album. Holly harnessed the power of the Internet when Thorn first became aware of the Maidstone originating artist via Instagram. This online connection resulted in Henderson heading Stateside to work with some of the best talents in the business in LA.
It’s fair to say that Monday Green covers a vast and diverse musical landscape. The opening track of the release “Uncommon Love” is a stunning and somewhat fiery ballad, which really highlights Holly’s beautiful voice. Henderson really sinks her heart and soul into the delivery, and the emotive guitar playing mid-song really helps to convey those feelings.
Henderson picks up the pace with the bass-heavy groove of “We Sold The Earth”. With its hard-hitting rhythm and hypnotic fuzzy guitar riffs, the track sits slightly more alt-rock side of the musical spectrum covered by the record.
On the other hand, “Somebody Knows” ebbs and flows between soulful melodies and ethereal choruses. Once again Henderson’s dreamy vocals are a joy to behold. But it’s not just her voice that grabs your attention, the searing guitar solo and wonderful tone on this track, in particular, stand out.
Henderson’s recent single “Loneliness” sits in the first half of the record, and is one of the many highlights on the release. The up-tempo number has a bit of a 90s Britpop vibe to it, the same can be said for “Cost Of Love”. With their catchy hooks and intoxicating melodies, they are real earworms for sure.
There are a couple of tracks on Monday Green which remind me in places of Jeff Buckley’s gentler numbers. In particular, the spellbinding “Pride Can Wait” and album closer “Frantic” both fall into this category. Each of which are truly stunning compositions.
With Holly Henderson’s debut album Monday Green, she has truly showcased the many different facets of her artistry and the end result is nothing short of breathtaking.
Monday Green by Holly Henderson will be released on 7th June via Trend and Chaos.