making their new album, House of Large Sizes, perpetual and
willful misfits of the underground rock scene, decided to ditch
most of the trademarked musical "tricks" commonly identified
with their sound in the past.
Somehow, the Iowa based veterans sound more like themselves than
As a result, the trio quite appropriately decided to call the album
"House of Large Sizes."
If you don't know House of Large Sizes already
The husband, wife and drummer team known as House of Large Sizes
plays angular, hard, minimalist underground rock. James Gang, Wire
and X meets Rainer Maria, Mission of Burma and Burning Brides.
Needless to say, House of Large Sizes (HOLS) do not fit in with
today's stoner or retro rock any better than they fit with the punk
rock popular during their early years.
Their punk influenced sound has expanded steadily over the course
of several albums, EPs and 7 inches.
On stage, HOLS is energetic, precise, charismatic, and slightly
If you do know House of Large Sizes already
Youre quickly going to realize that "House of Large Sizes"
represents a dramatic improvement in the bands songwriting.
"In the past, when a song got boring to us, wed just
stop, then change tempos and direction," explains bassist Barb
Schlif, "each song was actually more like four songs stuck
together. On this album, we took more time with each song and tried
to find more subtle ways to keep them going."
Guitarist / singer Dave Deibler adds, "Our knee-jerk reaction
used to be to just add another part but weve gotten
more confident in our songwriting abilities this time out."
This change can partially be credited to the chemistry the band
has found with new drummer Brent Hanson, who brings new energy to
the bands live shows and strong contributions to the groups
Further evidence of the hard work put into this album can be found
in the lyrics. The albums repeated themes of media sprawl
and the resulting loss of personal identity form the most cohesive
set of lyrics on any HOLS album to date.
As Dave says, "This is new ground for us. Were very comfortable
with how it all sounds, the story it tells, and we are happy to
let it stand as is."