House of Large Sizes

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House of Large Sizes
House of Large Sizes, 1994
Background information
OriginCedar Falls, Iowa, U.S.
Genresalternative rock
Years active1986–2003
Past members
  • Dave Deibler
  • Barb Schilf
  • Mark Munn
  • Dave Berg
  • Brent Hanson

House of Large Sizes (sometimes known as HOLS) was an American alternative rock band from Cedar Falls, Iowa, formed in 1986. The band was led by singer/guitarist Dave Deibler and singer/bassist Barb Schilf, with three different drummers during their career.[1]


House of Large Sizes was formed in 1986 by Deibler, Schilf, and original drummer Dave Berg.[2] Deibler and Schilf were then a couple and have since gotten married. Mark Munn and Brent Hanson played drums for the group in later years. Their sound has been described as mixing the pop-oriented alternative rock of the Pixies with hardcore punk,[3] with some elements of rap and heavy metal.[4]

They released their first album, One Big Cake in 1989;[3] the following year, they signed with What Are Records? and released Heat Miser.[5] They were briefly signed to the Red Decibel subsidiary of Columbia Records, which released My Ass-Kicking Life in 1994;[2] the band then returned to their previous label.

The band's 2000 album Idiots Out Wandering Around references the initials of their home state of Iowa.[1][4] Their final album House of Large Sizes was released in 2002, and they disbanded the following year.[2] They reunited for short tours of Iowa and Minnesota in 2007, 2009, and 2013.[2] Deibler and Schilf now operate a bar and clothing boutique in Cedar Falls.[2]


  • One Big Cake (1989)
  • Heat Miser (1990)
  • My Ass-Kicking Life (1993)
  • Little HOLS on the Prairie (1997)
  • Glass Cockpit (1997)
  • Not for Sale (1998)
  • Idiots Out Wandering Around (2000)
  • House of Large Sizes (2002)


  1. ^ a b "House of Large Sizes | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  2. ^ a b c d e Totale, Todd (2007-12-27). "House Of Large Sizes Reform for End of Year Shows". Glorious Noise. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  3. ^ a b "House of Large Sizes". Trouser Press. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  4. ^ a b "Album Review: House of Large Sizes -- Idiots Out Wandering Around (Reissue)". Little Village. 2017-09-05. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  5. ^ Heat Miser - House of Large Sizes | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2021-05-21