House of Heroes is a three piece unit from Columbus, Ohio, that is committed to being more than the sum of its parts. They are a band that is about life-changing music. Not scene. Not genre. Not contrived reactions from crowds. They don’t want to sound like something else or be like anyone else. House of Heroes wants to win over people because of the music they write and the messages they convey, period.
As teenagers in the then titled band No Tagbacks, the trio was living the ideal artist’s lifestyle - making records, touring constantly and building up a grassroots fan base. But when label troubles set in and punkish pop no longer conveyed the thoughts on members’ mind, a change was certainly in order.
“I look back at our early days and see these wide eyed kids with dreams of being in a rock band just going for it,” notes bassist A.J. Babcock, also the House of Heroes' primary lyricist. “We were really naïve back then and I don’t think we realized all that went into making this work, but getting out there and trying it for ourselves only brought us closer together and refined our vision of what we’ve become.”
After a serious degree of soul searching, an investigation of other sonic opportunities and all out surrender of the situation to their Maker, the gang reconvened as House of Heroes and basically started from scratch. What first started as a new batch of demos and then some road testing turned into the independent album What You Want Is Now in 2003. The buzz circulating around the industry eventually led to the courtship of the Gotee Records family.
Despite the interest, there would be an eight-month stalemate due to previous record label red tape before House of Heroes would officially dot the Gotee line. For a band that was used to the pace of touring and keeping tabs on their audience at all times, the wait was truly tortuous, but it also carved out the free time needed to wholeheartedly invest in the writing of its 2005 debut, House of Heroes.
Topically the album’s premises are just as expansive with an open hearted account of doubt, frustration and confusion, coupled with hope, healing and satisfaction. “Throughout the waiting and writing process, it caused us to be really honest with ourselves and dig deep into the problems faced along the way,” continues Babcock. “The result is a back and fourth battle between darkness and light, sometimes revolving around loneliness or turning away from the Truth, and other times getting back on the right track. I suppose we could’ve sugar coated everything to make it squeaky clean, especially since honesty isn’t always pretty in all of its forms. We felt like being that open with our social/spiritual commentary would also be one of our biggest contributions to our audience.”
When referencing House of Heroes' sophmore release Say No More, think modern rock. Foo-fighters, Jimmy Eat World, Queens of the Stone Age. Then add a little classic rock to the substance. Queen, Rush, the Police. Soaring harmonies and soft falsettoes, with a contrast between driving, straight-foward rock moments and wide-open, epic breaks.
The lyrical content hints at social commentary and spirtuality, without being overbearing in the presentation; House of Heroes has a found a way to pour out their hearts in the words without sounding contrived.
In 2008, before the release of their next album The End Is Not the End,
House of Heroes said that The End Is Not the End was actually finished in 2007, but did not release in until September of '08. House of Heroes had distribution issues when the album was first released. It was only available at live shows and online, but not in stores. The End Is Not The End is really considered House of Heroes's breakthrough most epic cd. AbsolutePunk.net has given the band much credit and praise for the album. It charted on the Billboard at #19 for "Christian Albums" and #9 for "Heatseekers Albums." From this album, the song "In The Valley Of The Dying Sun" was turned into a music video, and was #10 on TVU's Most Wanted of 2008. The video was also nominated for a Dove Award in 2009 for SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO.
House of Heroes released the digital EP, The Acoustic End EP on iTunes on April 7, 2009. and includes the songs: "Ghost", "New Moon," and "If (Acoustic)." ("If" is also on the "The End Is Not The End.")
During a show on March 20, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio, House of Heroes announced that they would be releasing a digital EP of The Beatles cover songs.
The three song EP, with the Beatle reference, House of Heroes Meets The Beatles, which was released on June 9, 2009, features "Can't Buy Me Love", "It Won't Be Long" and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da". The album artwork of this digital EP is set around The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night.
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|Ten Months (as No Tagbacks)||2001||Four Door Entertainment|
|What You Want Is Now||2003||Vanishing Point|
|House of Heroes||2005||Gottee Records|
|Say No More||2006||Mono vs Stereo|
|The End Is Not the End||2008||Mono vs Stereo|
|The Acoustic End EP||2009||Gottee Records|
|Meets The Beatles||2009||Gottee Records|
|House Of Heroes Presents The Christmas Classics EP||2009||Gottee Records|
|The Knock-Down Drag-Outs||2013||Gotee Records|