Heroes and Villains

Heroes and Villains

 Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Imagine if Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka produced a modern rock album, with soaring vocals, lush keyboards, and danceable drums. With influences such as The Killers, Muse, Mew, Elbow, and Imogen Heap, it is cinematic rock music that embodies the imaginative and charismatic flow of human emotion.


Heroes and Villains are a three-piece outfit whose engulfing Indie-Pop sound has been compared to the likes of The Killers, Keane, and Snow Patrol. The Kansas City band formed as Walter Alias in 2006 and released their LP, Examples of the Cataclysmic, with co-producer Larry Gann (Elton John, Lit, Goo Goo Dolls). The trio includes Ryan Wallace on vocals and guitars, Jason W. Smith on percussion and Cody Stockton on keyboards.

The band's second ever live performance generated enough attention to be reviewed favorably by Kansas City’s most popular weekly magazine, The Pitch. Since, the band has toured extensively, performed for a second time at Red Gorilla during SXSW, and shared the stage with bands such as Vedera and the Republic Tigers.

Heroes and Villains new EP, Plans in Motion (2010), is a much anticipated follow up to fan and critic favorite LP Examples of the Cataclysmic (2007).

With a new video airing on FuseTV, the band has created buzz, igniting excellent reviews, constant radio airplay, and eager fans which have all brought this group to the forefront of the music scene.



EP, Plans in Motion, Heroes and Villains, 2010
LP, Examples of the Cataclysmic (Walter Alias), 2007

Radio-play & Extras:
96.5 The Buzz (Kansas City- Commercial Station)
Ranked #20 on CMJ's Top 200 ADDS #1150 (May 4, 2010 ADD date)
Top 100 College Radio as of June 14, 2010
Video on Fuse TV
"Plans In Motion" Airing on Delta Airlines
RCRD LBL Showcase

Proud Member of SESAC

Set List

You Are Not Alone
Now We Shall Begin
Second Thoughts
The Ones We Dare Not Speak Of
Reset to Zero
Plans in Motion
Examples of the Cataclysmic
Speechless with Continuum
Play On
Touch and Go
Look to the Future
Where Are You Going?

Let Go (Frou Frou)
Fly Like An Eagle (Steve Miller Band)
Don't Stop Believing (Journey)
(and many others)

Sets are 1 hour to 90 minutes
Full Acoustic Available