Guest Collector: House of Heroes
Wed, 29 Oct 2008 11:41:59
With former bass player A.J. Babcock back in the lineup, the recently re-expanded four-piece House of Heroes is looking to push their sound to ever-higher sonic heights. It's not all explosions in the sky though. Their soul-searching lyrics are aimed squarely at the internal expressions that everyone carries within themselves. The End is Not the End, their recently released third album, mines this tension between explosion and contraction much to the delight of their fans. Sitting down to fill us in on the bands that helped form their sound, they showed love to everything from Brian Wilson's lush melodies to the Boss's fist-pumping anthems in their Guest Collector.
Silverchair - Diorama
This was the first album that really got us excited about music again after it sort of lost it's initial luster. The orchestration and cinematic quality of the songs on this record opened up a whole new world of possibility for us as far as rock music goes.
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
Come on! It's Pet Sounds! It’s so creative with beautiful harmonies and counter-melodies. We mixed our first record in the same room that the Beach Boys recorded Pet Sounds. That still blows my mind!
The Beatles - Abbey Road
We're all HUGE Beatles freaks, so it was hard to pick just one album. But this one is just amazingly good! Great rock n' roll tunes and great ballads that flow together seamlessly. Side B of this record is one of the best thought out sequence of songs ever!
Weezer - Pinkerton
(Relatively) Modern rock n' roll at it's rawest and finest! Who knew that a silly kind of song like "Across the Sea" could be so touching!
MxPx - Life In General
When we first started the band, we used to cover this album from front to back every day in the basement, just for fun. We would probably not be playing music together at all had it not been for MxPx.
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
The boss, along with Tom Petty, are what America should sound like! This record is completely full of anthems. It's so timeless! What would it feel like to write a song as good as “Born to Run,” or “Thunder Road?”
Jimmy Eat World - Clarity
This was the soundtrack to our lives when we were all 18 and 19 years old. The songs are so identifiable that they almost become a part of you.
Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape
This album is just totally solid from front to back. Dave Grohl has a knack for writing HUGE, rocking riffs, which you don't really notice at first because he also writes really great melodies.
blink-182 - Enema of the State
A lot like MxPx for us. We used to play a lot of these songs in the basement just for the heck of it. This album was so much fun. No one does immaturity with as much grace as these guys (graceful immaturity??? that only makes sense when you're talking about Blink)
The Get Up Kids - Something to Write Home About (tie)
This was the record that kind of started to bring us out of our "punk rock or nothing" phase. It was rocking and raw, but also very sweet and tender.
Queen - Night At The Opera (tie)
Epic and grandiose. Queen wasn't always perfect. They had some duds, but when they were on, THEY WERE ON!
—The ARTISTdirect Staff