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House Of Heroes
House Of Heroes
Gotee Records
www.jaxoneverett.com/houseofheroes/


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 aplomb.

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.

-Gareth Bowles

Track Listing:
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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