Household Names

Household Names

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandAlternativePop

For fans of: Broken Social Scene, Oasis, Death Cab, Coldplay, Killers, Snow Patrol.

Biography

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)

Lyrics

The Latest Success

Written By: Jason Garcia (lyrics)

Don't say you'll never let me down
Don't say you'll always be around
We fall for faith and easy smiles
We call a name that seems worthwhile

But then you cut and kill it
You can say you'll end it
But I'm with the latest success
It's alright
Cut and kill it you can say you'll end it
But I'm with the latest success
And I'm over you.

No hope for understanding now
Don't try to follow me downtown
We tried to sit under that tree
We lied to keep those apples free

But then you cut and kill it
You can say you'll end it
As long as the latest success is all mine
Cut and kill it you can say you'll end it
But I'm with the latest success
And I'm over you.

Don't say you'll always be around
Don't say you'll never let me down
These games are going to get played
This bed is slept before it's made.

Driving To LA

Written By: Jason Garcia

Once in May
Driving to LA
We lost our way that night

The market's soft
You had been laid off
And I was just scraping by

And I always knew
You were restless too
But what could we do?

We got 'faced
Out in Silver Lake
And I almost lost my shirt

And it wasn't bad
Staying at your dad's
There were flowers on the ground...

And I wish one night
Could have been two nights
Could have been my life

Once in May
Driving to LA
We lost our way...

Discography

The Trouble With Being Nice (LP 2002)
Hold On Tight! (EP 2003)
Picture In My Head (LP 2006)
Stories, No Names (LP 2010)

Set List

Sets run 40-45 minutes and feature 12-13 songs.