From: TX, United States
Genre: Alternative/Alt. Rock, Rock, Indie pop
Household Names is a 4-piece alternative rock band from Austin, Texas with their third self-released album, "Stories, No Names" now out on iTunes and other digital download sites. Now counting the Killers, Interpol, Band of Horses, Phoenix and Rogue Wave among their influences, the band's third album is their best and most developed record to date. "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 singalong, 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).
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 oversoaked with hooks." "Only One", from that record, featured prominently in an episode of the ABC prime time series "What About Brian?", and several of its other tracks have been used by MTV and CNBC.
The following is an (incomplete) list of the band's TV and film placements: What About Brian, American Made, Flipping Out (Canada), Webdreams (Canada), Fashion Television (Canada), CMT Cribs, Bromance, Mean Green Machines (Canada), Where You At Baby (Canada), Brooke Knows Best, Hogan Knows Best, Extreme Waterparks, Man V. Food, True Life, Cruise Ship, American Justice: Palm Beach Law, Broken Homes (pilot)