Household Names is a four-piece alternative pop band from Austin, Texas, featuring vocalist and guitarist Jason Garcia, bassist Chris Peters, guitarist Eric Roberts, and drummer Joey Spivey.
Songwriter and guitarist/vocalist Jason Garcia released The Trouble With Being Nice as a solo artist in 2000, which drew immediate comparisons to Elvis Costello, Suede, Oasis, the Kinks and Blur. After 2003’s home-recorded Hold On Tight! EP, he found the perfect musical foil in bassist/vocalist Chris Peters, and together with drummer CJ Barker they recorded 2006’s Picture In My Head, of which The Austin Chronicle raved: “guitarist/vocalist Jason Garcia is fueled by the same unrequited aspirations as Big Star devotees like Matthew Sweet and Jellyfish… precision-tuned and soaked with hooks.” “Only One”, from that record, was featured prominently in an episode of the ABC prime time series “What About Brian?” and several other tracks have been used by MTV and CNBC.
The band will self-released its third record, Stories, No Names on May 11, 2010. “Driving To LA” starts the album off with guitar and beat-driven wistful nostalgia; “Every Third Time” keeps up the band’s signature hooky rock and adds some moody atmospherics. “Definitely” is pure pop- a Beatles and Beach Boys sing-along, while “Firefly” showcases a quiet, minor-key, Elliot Smith-esque sound. “Got A Good Thing” shimmers with atmospheric, yearning guitars and simple piano, creating the album’s prettiest track. As with the band’s previous albums, Stories, No Names is co-produced with Lars Goransson (Blondie, The Cardigans). Recommended!
Household Names - Definitly
Household Names - Driving To LA
Household Names @ MySpace
SONG OF THE DAY: Ane Brun (feat. Teitur) - Rubber & Soul
(from Duets, released 2005 on Determine Records)
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