On My Honor

On My Honor

 Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
BandPop

ON MY HONOR IS A FIVE PIECE POP PUNK BAND FROM KNOXVILLE, TN. We have -played the vast majority of the U.S. and tour frequently completing hundreds of dates a year. We have appeared on the Vans Warped Tour and Cornerstone Festivals and appeared in press and on radio across the country.

Biography

First off, thanks for taking the time to read about us. Be warned! This is the long detailed version, and we definitely suggest hitting up the quick bio if you don’t have a minute or two to read, or if you just want to get to the point of the things we’ve gotten done over the years. This band has been our lives for four years and it’s difficult to fit that adequately on a few pieces of paper, but we’re going to do our best. Instead of making you read an impersonal third person biography about how great we are, we opted to just tell you our story from a first person perspective and let you decide for yourself. We hope that reading this gives you an idea of who we are, how hard we’ve worked, and what we’re looking to do in the future.
We started On My Honor in 2007. We grew up listening to bands like The Movielife, Rufio, Jimmy Eat World, and New Found Glory, and we wanted to start a band that kept alive the music we grew up with when everyone we knew started playing death metal. After a few early lineup changes and a handful of local shows, we put out our first E.P. called “Lift Your Guns and Smile” that we recorded in a few days with money we got together from working crappy jobs.
The E.P. caught on pretty well around our hometown and we started playing as much as college kids could. We had this crazy idea: Instead of just posting myspace bulletins, we started going out flyering and talking to people. It worked great and things started happening quickly. We were constantly writing, our local support was growing, and we started playing our first out of town shows in November of 2007.
We did our first run in a little Isuzu Trooper sleeping on top of each other and fending off attacks from strange Amish people. On our second run we decided it would be a great idea to drive a total of 39 hours to play two shows. We lost a lot a ton of money, played for a grand total of probably 10 people, and had a great time.
After a few more weekend runs, our first big local show with 400 plus people attending, the release of a 4 song demo, and the purchase of our first van Eva, we decided to head out on our first full tour in the summer of 2008. We were out for a month and got our first taste of not showering for two weeks. Our van broke down at least every other day, we had no air conditioning, we lost even more money, we slept in a lot of Wal-Mart parking lots, and once again had the best time ever.
We pulled into our driveway feeling pretty accomplished after our first month long tour and spirits were pretty high. Then the van pretty much exploded right before we turned it off, and it never ran again. We got another van (Mufasa), and went on a short tour in August and played regional stuff until we toured again in December. We still had members in school, so at that time we were still restricted to summers, breaks, and weekends for the most part. Despite this, we were starting to get the idea that this was something we saw going places. We started to see more kids each time we went back to an area, and we started to feel like we had little families all over the place.
We started off 2009 with what was becoming an annual show we put on at an old theater called “The Ritz.” For the third year in a row, we had attendance in the 400 range. We kept to the weekends and regional shows for a few months while we continued to write and record our full-length record, which we released in late May at the same theater, once again having a crowd in the 400 range. At this point, we were putting on shows mostly on our own, wherever we could find, as most of the all ages venues we had growing up had closed. We received a lot of local press for our efforts to do all ages shows and it is still a cause we fight for in our hometown.
We set out in the summer of 2009 for our longest tour ever which ended up being a month and a half long. We decided at that point that everyone would leave school and we would pursue the band full-time. We ended the tour with an appearance on the Vans Warped Tour in Charlotte (courtesy of the Earn It Yourself Movement- an organization that recognizes bands with a good DIY work ethic), and a week’s worth of shows on the Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell IL. This tour was also the first time we went to the west coast.
Right after we got back we had a devastating turn of events as we lost the only drummer we ever had and our 2nd guitar player in the same day. We went through a few different fill-in drummers and guitar players and struggled on through the rest of the year trying to find the right people and still play shows at the same time. It was hard going out on the road with fill-in members knowing we weren’t playing to our full potential, but we did what we had to do to keep it going. The situation drug on for a few more months, but everything eventually worked out for the better as we found musically stronger members.
We headed out on tour at the end of January and toured all the way un

Discography

Lift Your Guns and Smile E.P. (2007)

The Good Times: Future Destination Records Compilation (2008)

The Good, The Bad, and Getting By (2009)

Who Wet My Mogwai? (digital single) (2010)

Set List

Our set list is very flexible. We have over 20 original songs and a few covers that we occasionally play. We typically play from 20-45 minutes, depending on the show.