H2O (American band)

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H2O is an American punk rock band formed in New York City in 1995.

H2O
H2OLive
Toby Morse, singer of H2O
Background information
Origin New York City, New York
Genres Punk rock, hardcore punk, skate punk, pop punk, melodic hardcore
Years active 1995–present
Labels Blackout Records (1996)
Epitaph Records (1997–1999)
MCA Records (2001–2002)
Bridge 9 (2008–present)
Associated acts The Operation M.D., Hazen Street, Juliette and the Licks, The Offspring
Website Official website
Members Toby Morse
Todd Morse
Rusty Pistachio
Todd Friend
Adam Blake
Past members Eric Rice
Max Capshaw

History[edit]

Formation and the Epitaph years (1995–2000)[edit]

While touring as a roadie for Sick of It All, Toby Morse would sometimes sing with the band during encores. In 1995 Morse decided to start his own band and formed H2O in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The band toured relentlessly through most of 1995 and 1996, opening up for almost every hardcore band that hit the east coast, including an opening slot on a Rancid bill, at the Roseland Ballroom. Another huge show was when the band opened for No Doubt at Tramps (NYC) on Easter in 1996. In January 1996 they would record their self-titled CD at Brielle Studios-NYC and would release it in May. The CD was basically all the songs they had and would play out at the time. They would tour that whole summer with Shelter and Murphys Law. H2O performed at CBGB's in October of that year and recorded a video for "Family Tree". They also toured with Social Distortion in October '96. In June 1997 H2O quickly recorded and released "Thicker Than Water" in October. They toured all over the world until the end of the year and through 1998. In the year 1997 they would open for Misfits, Pennywise, Sick of It All, CIV and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Warped Tour 98 and 99. They would tour Japan for the 1st time in 1997 & return in 1998. They received MTV play with "Everready".

In 1999, they recorded and released F.T.T.W. in May and made a video for "One Life One Chance" and again toured year around (in Europe, Japan & U.S.) and into 2000. They also toured on the 1999 Warped Tour (sharing a bus with 7 Seconds). In 1999 and 2000 they would tour with NOFX, The Bouncing Souls, 7 Seconds and Saves the Day. That summer of 2000, H2O would record a cover of the Ice Cube song It Was a Good Day and shoot a video around New York City in the middle of the night.

Go (2001–2003)[edit]

In November and December 2000 they recorded their first major label CD on MCA Records titled Go. They recorded Go at Rumbo Recorders Studios [1] owned at the time by 1970s pop stars Captain and Tennille, in Canoga Park, California.

Go was released in May 2001 and produced by Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Replacements, Maroon 5) and toured extensively (over 150 to 200 shows in a year) H2O made a video for "Role Model" and performed "Memory Lane" on the Conan O'Brien show in May of that year. They toured Warped Tour with Blink-182, Good Charlotte, New Found Glory and Face to Face and a full Canada tour in 2001. In 2002 H2O recorded & released the EP All We Want, 3 new songs with 2 live tracks and the "Role Model" video. They also toured in Japan, Europe and U.S. extensively. They would later tour U.S. & Canada with Sum 41 and Box Car Racer.

2004–2007[edit]

In 2005, H2O toured Europe with Madball and toured the U.S. with The Used, Pennywise and Dropkick Murphys. In 2006, H2O toured South America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Columbia) for the first time. They toured U.S. with Rancid. H2O also toured Japan in May/June 2007.

Nothing to Prove (2008–2011)[edit]

H2O returned to the studio in January 2008 to begin working on their fifth studio album and had posted new songs on their MySpace page. On January 14, 2008, the band announced they signed to Bridge 9 Records, and the new album was released on May 27, 2008. Titled Nothing to Prove, it was their first album of new material in seven years.[1][2] The band proceeded to support the album's release by opening for Rancid on a series of U.S. tour dates at various House of Blues venues. The band would go on to tour Europe extensively that summer.

In March 2008, it was announced H2O would play at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in The United Kingdom.

H2O recently released a DVD titled One Life One Chance. The band also opened for the Dropkick Murphys during their St. Paddy's Day Tour in winter of 2009.

H2O shot videos for "What Happened" and "Nothing to Prove" from the 'Nothing to Prove' cd.

They celebrated their 15th Anniversary with tour dates in U.S., Europe, South America, Japan and all over the world in 2010.

In August 2010, H2O played on a boat around Manhattan.

During 2010 South American Tour (Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela) Mitts (Madball guitar player) filled in for Todd Morse because he was on tour with The Offspring.

In February through May 2011, they returned to the studio to begin recording a covers CD of some of their favorite punk bands. They also toured Australia on the Soundwave 2011 tour in late February/March and Europe in April and May 2011. In August 2011 they will be touring the UK, and will be playing in Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland for the first time.

Don't Forget Your Roots (2011)[edit]

On November 15, 2011 H2O released Don't Forget Your Roots, a 15 song tribute CD to some of their favorite bands.

New Album[edit]

On January 1, 2013 H2O posted on their Facebook page that a new album would be released sometime in 2013, but recently Toby has stated that the band will be completing this fall tour with New Found Glory and Alkaline Trio, spending the holidays at home and be in the recording studio come February 2014.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

7"[edit]

Music Videos[edit]

  • Family Tree
  • 5 Yr. Plan
  • Spirit of '84
  • I Know Why
  • Everready
  • One Life, One Chance
  • Faster Than the World
  • It Was A Good Day
  • Role Model
  • Nothing to Prove
  • What Happened?

Compilation tracks[edit]

  • The World Still Won't Listen (1996) "Heaven Knows I Am Miserable Now"
  • Show & Tell (A Stormy Remembrance of TV Themes) (1997) "Cops (TV Show Theme)"
  • Anti Racist Action Benefit CD (1997) "Nazi Punks #### Off!"
  • Creepy Crawl Live (1997) "5 Year Plan (Live) – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (Live)"
  • Punk-O-Rama Vol. 2.1 (1997) "Family Tree"
  • Punk-O-Rama Vol. 3 (1998) "Everready"
  • Punk-O-Rama Vol. 4, Straight Outta The Pit (1999) "Faster than the world"
  • Fight The World, Not Each Other – A Tribute To 7 Seconds (1999) "Not Just Boys Fun"
  • Short Music For Short People (1999) "Mr. Brett, Please Put Down Your Gun"
  • A Compilation of Warped Music II by Side One Dummy (1999) "Old Skool Recess"
  • Punk-O-Rama Vol. 5 (2000) "Guilty By Association"
  • World Warped, Vol.3: Live (2000) "Faster Than The World (Live)"
  • Punk Uprisings Vol. 2 (2000) "Universal Language (Live)"
  • Rebirth of the Loud (2000) "It Was a Good Day"
  • Warped Tour 2001 Tour Compilation (2001) "Unwind"
  • Punk Rock Jukebox (2002) "Friend (alternate take)"
  • New Found Glory "Sticks and Stones" Bonus CD (2002) "Static" (later released as "Mitts" on Nothing To Prove (2008))
  • Dive into Disney (2002) "It's A Small World"
  • Live at Continental Best of NYC Vol. 1 (2005) "Liberate (Continental Best of NYC Vol I.)
  • Punk Rock is Your Friend: Kung Fu Records Sampler No. 6 (2005) "Guilty By Association (Live)"
  • Scream For Help! (2006) "Family Tree"

Movies[edit]

DVDs[edit]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Toby Morse – lead vocals (1995–present)
  • Todd Morse – guitar, vocals (1995–present)
  • Rusty Pistachio – guitar, vocals (1995–present)
  • Todd Friend – drums, percussion (1995–present)
  • Adam Blake – bass guitar (1996–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Eric Thrice – bass (1995–1996)
  • Max Capshaw – drums, percussion (1995)

Timeline[edit]

Tours[edit]

European Tour June & July 1995 w. Sick of It All and CIV (band)

Early Shows 1995

Supporting Shelter (band) on "Mantra" Tour August 1995

Supporting Mighty Mighty Bosstones Midwest & South Tour February 1996

1st full U.S. Tour May 1996 w. Shelter (band) & Downset

Supporting Murphys Law "Beer and Water Tour" July, August & September 1996

H2O U.S. Heading Tour September/October 1996

Supporting Mighty Mighty Bosstones "Lets Face It Tour" Part 1, January 1997

H2O Japan & Australia Tour February/ March 1997

Supporting Mighty Mighty Bosstones "Lets Face It Tour" Part 2, March, April & May 1997

Warped Tour- July 1997

Supporting Pennywise (band)- West Coast "Full Circle Tour" October 1997

Supporting Misfits (band) & Sick of It All U.S. Tour November 1997 "American Psycho Tour" Part 1

Thicker Than Water Japan Tour January 1998

Supporting Misfits (band) U.S. Tour February & March 1998 "American Psycho Tour" Part 2

Canada Snow Jam Tour March 1998 (w. Pennywise (band), Guttermouth, Jugheads Revenge

Thicker Than Water Headine Tour April, May 1998

Thicker Than Water European Tour- May, June 1998 w. Guy Smiley

Warped Tour- July 1998

Thicker Than Water U.S./Canada Tour August, September 1998

F.T.T.W. Release U.S. Tour April/May 1999

F.T.T.W. 1999 Europe Tour Supporting NOFX & Lagwagon June & July 1999

Warped Tour- July 1999

Punk-O-Rama U.S. Tour w. 7 Seconds (band) & Bouncing Souls August & September 1999

F.T.T.W. Japan Tour October 1999

U.S. Tour w. Bouncing Souls November/December 1999

Europe Tour January/February 2000 w. F-Minus

F.T.T.W. U.S. Tour w. Saves The Day March, April & May 2000

Face to Face (punk band) & Snapcase U.S. Tour January-March 2001

Go Release U.S. Tour May-June 2001

Warped Tour- June, July & August 2001

Go Across Canada Tour- August 2001

Go Australia Tour September-October 2001

Supporting New Found Glory U.S. Tour October-November 2001

Go U.S. Tour January-February 2002

Go Japan Tour March 2002

Supporting Sum 41 U.S. Canada Tour April 2002

European Deconstruction Tour May/June 2002 w. Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Lagwagon, Midtown & Movielife

Go Headlining Tour August/September 2002

Supporting Box Car Racer & The Used U.S. Tour October/November 2002

European Tour Supporting Madball June 2005

U.S. Tour- Supporting The Used August/September 2005

Supporting Pennywise (band) U.S. Tour September/October 2005

U.S. Tour December 2005

South America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile & Colombia) Tour June 2006

Supporting Rancid (band) U.S. Dates August 2006

Nothing to Prove European Tours June/July & August 2008

Co Headline U.S. Tour w. Bane (band), Cruel Hand & Energy October/November 2008

Persistence Tour Europe December 2008 w. Sick Of It All, & Terror (band)

Supporting Dropkick Murphys w. Civet (band) February 2009

Nothing to Prove European Tour August 2009

15 Year Anniversary U.S. Tour Dates February & March 2010

Nothing to Prove European Tour April/May & July 2010

South America Tour w. Terror (band) (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia & Venezuela) August 2010

Nothing to Prove Japan Tour- September 2010

Soundwave Tour 2011- Australia February/March 2011

European Spring Tour April/May 2011

U.K. Tour August 2011 (England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland & Northern Ireland)

Don't Forget Your Roots Release Tours & Shows November/December 2011 & January 2012

Rebellion Tour Supporting Madball Europe March 2012 Deez Nuts, First Blood, Devil In Me & Strength Approach

Don't Forget Your Roots European Tour Dates June/July & August 2012

South American Tour October 2012 Supporting Agnostic Front (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia)

Persistence 2013 European Tour w. Hatebreed, Agnostic Front, Stick to Your Guns, Neaera & The Arcadia Strain

U.S. Tour co-headline w. Terror (band), Backtrack & Code Orange Kids February/March 2013

European Tour Leg 1 April/May 2013

European Tour Leg 2 June/July 2013

Supporting Alkaline Trio and New Found Glory U.S. Tour October 23-November 25 2013

Related bands[edit]

References[edit]

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