House of Heroes

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House of Heroes
House of Heroes performing a capella in Akron, Ohio. Left to right: Eric Newcomer, Colin Rigsby, Tim Skipper, Matt Lott
House of Heroes performing a capella in Akron, Ohio. Left to right: Eric Newcomer, Colin Rigsby, Tim Skipper, Matt Lott
Background information
Origin Columbus, Ohio, United States
Genres Alternative rock, Christian rock
Years active

1998–2002 (as No Tagbacks)

2002-present (as House of Heroes)
Labels Four Door, Vanishing Point, Mono Vs Stereo, Gotee
Associated acts Saints Don't Grieve
Website www.thehouseofheroes.com
Members Tim Skipper
Colin Rigsby
A.J. Babcock
Eric Newcomer
Matt Lott
Past members Jared Rigsby
Josh Dun
Nate Rothacker

House of Heroes is an alternative rock band from Columbus, Ohio. They have released five albums: What You Want Is Now (2003), House of Heroes (2005), The End Is Not the End (2008), Suburba (2010), and Cold Hard Want (2012). The band also released the album Ten Months (2001) under their original name, No Tagbacks, which had more of a punk sound than their releases as House of Heroes. They also re-released their self-titled record under the name of Say No More (2006). The band consists of Tim Skipper, Colin Rigsby, A.J. Babcock, Eric Newcomer, and Matt Lott.

Band history[edit]

The band got started in 1996 at Hilliard Davidson High School (Hilliard, OH), originally as a punk band called Plan B, with Tim Skipper, A.J. Babcock, and Nate Rothacker on drums. In 1998, Colin Rigsby replaced Nate Rothacker on drums and they changed their name to No Tagbacks, then later to House of Heroes (changing their punk style in the process). The band recorded early demos at Chris Lundquist's home studio LundquistAudio (formerly Lunkhead Studio). In 2003 they released their first album What You Want Is Now under the name House of Heroes.[1]

Jared Rigsby replaced A.J. Babcock as the band's live bassist in December 2005, as Babcock had married and focused on a side project with his wife called "FlowerDagger". Babcock eventually rejoined the band as the live bassist and Jared Rigsby became an official member as the band's second guitarist. In 2009, Babcock stopped touring for the second time and was replaced by Eric Newcomer as the live bassist. After Babcock rejoined the band once more in 2012 as bassist, Newcomer became an official member as the band's second guitarist, involved in the writing and recording of Cold Hard Want. After only a brief touring stint in early 2012, Babcock stopped touring again and the band recruited Matt Lott (formerly of Wavorly) as touring bassist. Jared Rigsby did not appear in the band's "In The Studio" video for Cold Hard Want,[2] nor is he featured in the band's press shot on the official page for Cold Hard Want.[3]

In March 2010 Colin Rigsby was replaced by Josh Dun (of Twenty One Pilots) on drums as Rigsby felt he needed to spend more time with his family. In October 2010 Rigsby resumed drumming duty.[4]

Influences[edit]

According to drummer, Colin Rigsby, some of House of Heroes influences are: The Beatles, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, and The Clash. Tim Skipper also said that Muse is a source of influence.[5] In his free time, Rigsby works on Art, and has his own website.[6] He is currently working with Jon Schneck of Relient K on a graphic novel titled "En Carne."

Christian music[edit]

Though they are sometimes considered to be Christian rock, their lyrics are not always transparently Christian. In an interview with Ransom.tv, Tim Skipper discusses their part in Christian music: "We didn't feel drawn to necessarily be in the church and be a praise and worship band, and we didn't feel drawn to just be outside of it. We kind of felt like we should straddle the line, and the big deal was to keep the integrity of the music intact and not to sacrifice any of the artistry." [7]

In another interview, bassist AJ Babcock said, "We never wanted to try to pander to a Christian audience by saying things that necessarily were just kind of, you know, lip service to people. We never want to do that unless it meant something, unless it was in context in a song." [8] In their fifth album Suburba, they embrace this idea, with songs such as "Salt in the Sea" and "Constant", which both can be seen as songs with Christian ideas.

In the same interview, Skipper summarizes their role in saying "We're Christian people, and we play rock and roll music." [8]

Albums and EPs[edit]

Ten Months (2001)[edit]

Ten Months is the only album released under the name No Tagbacks. It was released by Four Door Entertainment.

What You Want Is Now (2003)[edit]

Being their first album, House of Heroes released this debut in 2003 under the label Vanishing Point Records, owned by Scott Stilletta formerly of Plankeye. It includes 13 tracks, two of which were later composed differently and released on their self-titled record. It was recorded in Columbus, Ohio.

After the release of this album, the band was signed to Gotee Records by its owner and founder, Toby McKeehan. They now release their albums on that label.

House of Heroes (2005)[edit]

This is their first album released under Gotee Records. It was released on April 26, 2005 and includes 11 tracks. During the same year, the group toured with several other bands such as Relient K, Rufio, and MxPx. The band made a music video around this time for their song "Serial Sleepers."

Say No More (2006)[edit]

Say No More, was released on May 2, 2006. It was a re-release of their self-titled debut album, and includes two bonus tracks ("The Invisible Hook," and "You Are the Judas of the Cheerleading Squad").[9]

The End Is Not the End (2008)[edit]

In 2008, before the release of their next album, the band launched FreeHOH.com, a website where "In the Valley of the Dying Sun", "Sooner or Later", and "By Your Side" were offered as free downloads. The End Is Not the End was subsequently released on September 23, 2008.

The band said that this album was actually finished in 2007, but did not release until September of '08. They also had distribution issues when the album was first released. It was only available at live shows and online, but not in stores. It is NOW available in most retailers, but it must be bought through the stores' website, still because of distribution issues.

"The End Is Not The End" is really considered the band's breakthrough album, and most epic so far. AbsolutePunk.net has given the band much credit and praise for the album. It charted on the Billboard at No. 19 for "Christian Albums" and No. 9 for "Heatseekers Albums." From this album, the song "In The Valley Of The Dying Sun" was turned into a music video, and was No. 10 on TVU's Most Wanted of 2008. The video was also nominated for a Dove Award in 2009 for SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO. It is a featured music video on YouTube. "In The Valley of The Dying Sun" (the song) was No. 1 on RadioU's "2008's Most Wanted."

In early June 2009, on Amazon.com, House of Heroes had the deal of the day. They made it to the second highest position (2nd place) on "Today's Top MP3 Artists" on June 17 with The End Is Not The End. Their ranking was higher than The Black Eyed Peas, Dave Matthews Band, Green Day and other famous musical names.

The Acoustic End EP (2009)[edit]

This digital EP was released on iTunes (and now AmazonMp3) 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.")

The title The Acoustic End EP refers to their album title The End Is Not the End.

The songs: "Ghost", and "New Moon" are bonus tracks on the physical release of "The End Is Not The End."

House of Heroes Meets The Beatles EP (2009)[edit]

During a show on March 20, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio, the band 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, (referring to the Beatles album "Meet 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".[10]

The album artwork of this digital EP is set around The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night." House of Heroes are fans of the Beatles, and might have dropped a clue on their Myspace about this digital EP. They noted at the time they wrote a blog they were listening to "Meet The Beatles!, by The Beatles.

The Christmas Classics EP (2009)[edit]

On November 10, 2009, House of Heroes digitally released a three-song EP, for Christmas. The EP includes a cover of the Mariah Carey hit, "All I Want For Christmas Is You," and the classic Christmas hymns, "Silent Night," and "[[O come, O come, Emmanuel|O Come, O Come Emmanuel]]." The EP has been given a very positive review from Absolutepunk.net

Suburba (2010)[edit]

The band entered Dark Horse Recording Studio on February 1, 2010 to record their 4th full length album.[11] The album is called Suburba, and was released on August 3, 2010 by Gotee Records.[12] Their first single is entitled "Elevator" and is currently playing on RadioU. They also released their song "God Save The Foolish Kings" on their Website and YouTube page. A second single, entitled "Constant" is currently playing on Air 1. On June 29, 2010, the band began offering the song "Independence Day for a Petty Thief" as a free download for Twitter users who posted a promotional message about the song.

Cold Hard Want (2012)[edit]

House of Heroes entered Smoakstack Studios on December 12, 2011 in order to record their fifth album, Cold Hard Want.[13] The band went with producer Paul Moak, who has produced artists such as Seabird, Lovedrug, Mat Kearney, after going with producer Mark Lee Townsend for the previous two albums.[citation needed] As of February 22, 2012, the record has been completely recorded and mastered.[14] On their Tumblr page, the band announced that the album would be out in July 2012, and that they would be releasing their first single, "Touch This Light", its music video, and a B-Side called "Dead" on April 24, 2012.[15] The band also put up a teaser page for the album with a 1:41 teaser video which features brand new album art and of one of the album's songs, "Out My Way" [16]

On April 20, 2012, "Touch This Light" began playing on RadioU.[citation needed]

The Knock-Down Drag Outs (2013)[edit]

As a contract wrap-up with Gotee Records, House of Heroes released The Knock Down Drag Outs, which is mostly a collection of previously released material. The b-sides include songs from House of Heroes Meet the Beatles and The Acoustic End EP, along with bonus tracks from their prior albums.[17] In addition, the album included three new songs: "Choose Your Blade," "Hide," and "Your Casualty".[18]

Smoke (2014)[edit]

In March 2014, House of Heroes teased six song titles from their upcoming EP.[19] Beginning in June, they posted more song teasers on their Facebook and Twitter pages, along with lyrics and promotional photos.[20] On July 18, 2014, the band formally announced the EP, entitled Smoke, with a promotional video of studio footage backed by a clip from a new song, "Infinite". The EP will be released August 19, 2014, and will be the band's first independent release since 2003's "What You Want Is Now".[21]

Tours[edit]

They toured with tobyMac and Brandon Heath in January and February 2011 on the Winter Wonder Slam tour.[22]

Members[edit]

  • Tim Skipper – lead vocals, guitar (1998–present)
  • Colin Rigsby – drums, backing vocals (1998–present)
  • AJ Babcock – bass guitar, backing vocals,(1998–present)
  • Eric Newcomer – bass guitar, guitar, backing vocals, (2009–2011 as live bassist, 2012–present as guitarist)
  • Matt Lott - touring bassist (2012–present)
Former
  • Josh Dun – drums, backing vocals, live only (March - October 2010) (currently with Twenty One Pilots)
  • Jared Rigsby – bass guitar, guitar, backing vocals (2005–2011)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Label(s) Notes
2003 What You Want Is Now Vanishing Point Records First full-length album
2005 House of Heroes Gotee Records Major label debut album
2008 The End Is Not the End Gotee Records Released as mp3s in 2008, released on CD in 2009
2010 Suburba Gotee Records
2012 Cold Hard Want Gotee Records

Other releases[edit]

Year Title Label(s) Notes
2001 Ten Months Four Door Entertainment As "No Tagbacks"
2006 Say No More Mono Vs Stereo Re-release of self-titled album
2009 The Acoustic End EP Gotee Records Acoustic versions of "If", "New Moon", and "Ghost".
2009 House of Heroes Meets The Beatles EP Gotee Records Covers of "Can't Buy Me Love", "It Won't Be Long", and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
2009 The Christmas Classics EP Gotee Records Covers of "All I Want For Christmas Is You" (Mariah Carey), "Silent Night" and "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"
2010 The B-Sides Gotee Records Packaged with pre-orders of Suburba
2014 Smoke Independent EP with 6 new songs

An early version of the song "You Are the Judas of the Cheerleading Squad", was also featured on a compilation where 25 bands each had one hour to record and mix a song. The album was called 25 Hour Grand Prix.[citation needed]

Singles[edit]

  • "Mercedes Baby" (from What You Want Is Now)
  • "Kamikaze Baby" (from What You Want Is Now)
  • "Serial Sleepers" (from House of Heroes and Say No More) – No. 9 on the Radio & Records Christian Rock Chart
  • "Buckets for Bullet Wounds" (from House of Heroes and Say No More) – No. 6 on the Radio & Records Christian Rock Chart
  • "The Invisible Hook" (from Say No More)
  • "In the Valley of the Dying Sun" (from The End Is Not the End) - No. 1 on the Radio & Records Christian Rock Chart; No. 1 on CWR radio chart
  • "Silent Night" (from the digital-only Silent Night single)
  • "Lose Control" (from The End Is Not the End) - No. 2 on the Radio & Records Christian Rock Chart; No. 1 on CWR radio chart"
  • "Code Name: Raven" (from "The End Is Not the End.")
  • "Field of Daggers" (from "The End Is Not the End." Announced on September 3, 2009, on lead singer's, Tim Skipper's Twitter[23])
  • "Elevator" (from Suburba radioU exclusive)
  • "Constant" (from Suburba)
  • "God Save the Foolish Kings" (from Suburba)
  • "Lovesick Zombie" (from the digital-only Lovesick Zombie single)
  • "Touch This Light" (from Cold Hard Want)

Music videos[edit]

  • "Ten Months" (2001) as No Tagbacks
  • "Vital Signs" (2001) as No Tagbacks
  • "Mercedes Baby" (2003)
  • "Serial Sleepers" (2005)
  • "In the Valley of the Dying Sun" (2008)
  • "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" (2009)
  • "God Save the Foolish Kings" (2010)
  • "So Far Away" (2011)
  • "Touch This Light" (2012)

Compilation appearances[edit]

No Tagbacks[edit]

The band was known as "No Tagbacks" before they were House of Heroes.

Members Tim Skipper - lead vocals, guitar AJ Babcock - bass guitar, backing vocals Colin Rigsby - drums, backing vocals

Discography Ten Months (2001)

Music Videos "Ten Months" (2001) "Vital Signs" (2001)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "House of Heroes, "What You Want Is Now" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved April 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ "House of Heroes - In The Studio". YouTube. December 19, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "House of Heroes - Cold Hard Want". Gotee Records. March 16, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Colin'S Back!!! And The Suburba (N) Vagabonds Tour Is Coming Soon!!!". Facebook. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "House of Heroes – Tim Skipper". Beehave.fr. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ Hard Labor[dead link]
  7. ^ "House of Heroes". Youtube.com. December 30, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "HOH talk Christianity in music". Youtube.com. April 3, 2009. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  9. ^ Josh Taylor (May 1, 2006). "House of Heroes, "Say No More" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved April 7, 2009. 
  10. ^ Kaj Roth (March 26, 2009) House Of Heroes Get Set For Release Of Acoustic End Ep Melodic.net
  11. ^ "House of Heroes". Facebook. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  12. ^ ""Suburba" Album Teaser No. 1". Youtube.com. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  13. ^ "House of Heroes". Tumblr. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Interview- Tim Skipper from House of Heroes". RadioU. February 22, 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  15. ^ "...On The Other Side". Tumblr.com. April 2, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  16. ^ "House of Heroes • Cold Hard Want". Gotee Records. March 16, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  17. ^ "On The Other Side. | KNOCK-DOWN DRAG-OUTS album and TOUR!!!". Thehouseofheroes.tumblr.com. April 30, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  18. ^ "On The Other Side. | THE KNOCK DOWN DRAG OUTS PRESS RELEASE! AVAILABLE 4/30". Thehouseofheroes.tumblr.com. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Twitter / houseofheroes". Twitter.com. March 13, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  20. ^ "House of Heroes". facebook.com. June 6, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  21. ^ "House of Heroes - The Smoke EP". facebook.com. July 18, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Winter Wonder Slam in 2011". TobyMac. November 17, 2010. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  23. ^ "timhoh (@timhoh) op Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 

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