Bio


Wormburner: Band photo

Wormburner are narrative indie rock luminaries from Brooklyn via Hoboken. KEXP in Seattle calls Wormburner “anthemic indie rock with a punk rock kick”. Time Out New York cites “echoes of Springsteen, The Clash and The Pogues that ring out in succinct vignettes…twanging and swelling over vocalist Hank Henry’s forthright, reedy delivery”. According to The New Yorker, Hank “can sound like a cross between Michael Stipe and the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle”. The Deli calls Wormburner “lyrically charged rock with intriguing western movie tinges that will please fans of The Boss and The National.” In New York City, Wormburner regularly headlines beloved rock clubs like The Bowery Ballroom and The Mercury Lounge. Tour dates have landed Wormburner as far from home as the West Coast, where KEXP in Seattle has welcomed Wormburner with Song of the Day accolades and a live-in-the-studio performance. Wormburner has opened for Violent Femmes, Old 97s, The Walkmen, Deer Tick, The War on Drugs, Dean & Britta, School of Seven Bells, Tommy Keene, Bill Janovitz of Buffalo Tom, Cracker, and Camper van Beethoven (David Lowery produced Wormburner’s debut album). Legendary VJ Matt Pinfield recently hosted Wormburner vocalist Hank Henry for an in-depth interview on MTV’s 120 Minutes. With two acclaimed full-lengths under their belt, and a third LP in the pipeline, Wormburner has just released an exclusive 7″ single via North Carolina-based label Negative Fun. The B-side features a guest appearance by Sean Eden of Luna, whose signature guitar tone is as unmistakable as it is transcendent.

Wormburner is baseball slang for a scorching ground ball.

Press


“Hardworking Hoboken quintet Wormburner puts an anthemic spin on the tried-and-true indie guitar-rock formula: Echoes of Springsteen, the Clash and the Pogues ring out in the succinct vignettes of last year’s striking sophomore set, Placed by the Gideons, twanging and swelling around vocalist Steve Henry’s forthright, reedy delivery.” – Time Out New York

“Anthemic indie rock with a punk rock kick. Frontman Steve Henry…speaks his lyrics in a Minutemen / Hold Steady kind of way. A narrative album told through the eyes of fugitives on the run, Placed By the Gideons is a testament to life on the road and the people responsible for placing bibles in hotel nightstands. Wormburner is a badass name.” – KEXP in Seattle

“Wormburner play lyrically charged rock with intriguing western movie tinges that will please fans of the Boss and The National.” – The Deli

“Their 45-minute set began with a bang and never let up. This is a band to be reckoned with — strong instrumentation, excellent songwriting, and the indefatigable stage presence of lead singer Steve “Hank” Henry. Henry’s lyrics are frank and often poignant slices of life that capture the ordinary lives of their protagonists. Placed By the Gideons is a superb new album.” – NYC Taper

“A band with their own take on eighties college rock, and a lead vocalist who can sound like a cross between Michael Stipe and The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle.” – The New Yorker

“Wormburner blasts through one fiery, smartly lyrically-driven anthem after another.” – Lucid Culture

“Wormburner have the essence of a band made for the road. These songs are made for drives down long stretches of highway. Reminiscent of well-known punks taking on solo acoustic projects, from 7 Seconds’ Kevin Seconds to Strung Out’s Jason Cruz, here’s to betting that all twelve songs on Placed by the Gideons sound just as good as an acoustic one-man set.” – Absolute Punk

“…astounding….Henry sounds like other vocalists that are neither from his genre or time…..the stories combined with the scenery make Wormburner new and, to this point, unmatched. Four stars.” – Anti Music

“A Wormburner show has much in common with amphetamine-fueled soul revivals, if such a thing ever existed. In a world of chin-stroking art rock Radioheads and junk-addled Babyshambles stumblebums, it’s refreshing to find a band like Wormburner who so clearly believes in the power of classic songcraft to lift a room full of people clear off its foundation.” – New York Press

“They’re loud, they’re catchy, and they aren’t trying to be anything other than what they are….sounds like Isolation Drills-era Guided By Voices.” – Glorious Noise

“Wormburner is one of New York’s best rock bands. Period. Not a slip up in the repertoire.” – Sonic Parthenon

“The Christmas song Bells of St. Ignatius is Wormburner’s answer to The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York.” – Time Out New York

“The injection of Moog synth adds just the right touch of energy and retro goodness to the yearning vocals and big buzz saw melodies to set it apart from your standard guitar-driven, pop-enfused rock. This is a must for fans of Elf Power, The Mountain Goats and Ted Leo.” – UsedWigs.com

“Buried below the five-piece’s indie rock are literary songs featuring clever wordplay….laced with New Wave and Powerpop, A Hero’s Welcome aims to please fans of Neutral Milk Hotel, The Weakerthans and Grandaddy.” – Spill Magazine

“Wormburner have supplied exactly the kind of indie-quirk power-pop that has a special reservation in the VIP area of my musical heart. I can’t help but love the kitsch synth sound in Autographed Copies. And the wonderfully warm guitars and crisp drums perfectly capture the emotion of the song, which is further advanced by the clear American accent of the vocal.” – The Mag (UK)