Ohio's House of Heroes make the confusing move of naming their
second album eponymously. The model plane on the cover and the band's
vintage military garb on their website evoke a nostalgic mood, but
the music within is modern, robust power pop - think Muse,
Sunny Day Real Estate, or early Smashing Pumpkins, with
even a bit of Cheap Trick in some of the guitar sounds and
the poppier tunes.
House of Heroes is AJ Babcock on bass, Tim Skipper
on guitar and lead vocals, and drummer Colin Rigsby. The trio
belie their youthful looks on this CD with a fine set of tunes containing
crunchy guitars, robust rhythms, memorable tunes and above average
lyrics. The band can knock out the powerful, fast numbers with the
best of them, but it's on the slower songs like "Friday Night"
where they show their real talent - this type of material is a lot
harder to pull off without being mawkish, but HoH pull it off with
Fresh from an appearance on the Columbus stop of this year's Warped
Tour, House of Heroes are doing some sporadic gigging around their
local territory. They sound like a band who can really bring it
live, so check 'em out if you get the chance.
1. Buckets for Bullet Wounds
2. Fast Enough
3. Friday Night
4. Mercedes Baby
5. Serial Sleepers
6. Make a Face Like You Mean It (Vampires)
7. Metaphor in Parentheses
8. Pulling Back the Skin
9. Bois d'Arc Circus
10. Suicide Baby
11. Angels in Top Hats...
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