Home (band)

Home (band)

The experimental pop band Home formed in Tampa, Florida, in the early-1990s before relocating to New York in 1996. The band released eight self-produced, sequentially-numbered, ultra-low-distribution albums on cheap Radio Shack cassettes before signing to Sony's Relativity Records label, which distributed its ninth album (appropriately titled "IX") in 1995. This album, Home's only release on a major label, received favorable reviews in publications such as "Spin", "The Village Voice" and "Magnet". Subsequent Home albums have appeared on independent record labels, also to generally positive reviews. Dave Fridmann of The Flaming Lips was the producer behind at least two of Home's albums.

Though Home was originally regarded as a lo-fi band due to its primitive recording techniques, its releases starting with "IX" have largely featured a cleaner sound highlighted by guitars and various electronic keyboards. In reviewing "IX", "The Village Voice" observed that Home's sound resembles bands from "the late '80s (Sebadoh, Grifters) and mid-70s (Devo, Faust, David Bowie) sprinkled with enough influences out of the bargain-bins (Elton John, Gong, David Bowie) to push the hipster taste-envelope a smidgen closer to both prog-art and schmaltz-rock." That album received a 7-out-of-10 rating from "Spin". A year later, describing the band's independent album "Elf: Gulf Bore Waltz", "The Chicago Tribune" wrote: "Laboring in the rock 'n' roll hinterland of Florida, the band Home has developed a refreshingly scattershot sound that wanders erratically through folky balladry, prog rock, ragged pop, and unclassifiable experimentation. Though somewhat reminiscent of indie rock obscurantists like Pavement, Home is both more ambitious and more consistently tuneful than many of its trendier peers."

Less charitably, "The Trouser Press Record Guide" opined: "When intently focused, Home can squeeze an agreeably synthetic, Devo-esque poptone (like 'Make It Right') from its gizmos. More often, though, Home lapses into wildly freeform freakouts (like 'Atomique') that combine electronic noise, found sound and even a bit of spoken word. ... Those endowed with short attention spans will no doubt have the easiest time making it all the way through "IX"." [http://www.trouserpress.com/entry.php?a=home]

The members of Home also helped found the Screw Music Forever recording label and music collective. Besides releasing Home's own 7-inch singles, Screw Music also has released recordings by related bands such as Dumbwaiters, Pee Shy, Leels and the 100% Storms Ensemble.

Home's 16th album, "Sexteen", which the band describes as "a concept record about fucking," was released in 2006. This album also marked the end of the band's longstanding relationship with its European label, Cooking Vinyl. During the same year, members of Home performed under the name Home Hunters during the Come The Freak On music festival at Bombshell Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida.

As of late 2006, Home was making preparations for its next album, "Seventeen", envisioned as the soundtrack to a movie that the band members were simultaneously preparing to film.

Members

*Brad Truax - Bass
*Andrew Deutsch - Guitar/Vocals
*Eric Morrison - Piano
*Chris Millstein - Drums - participated as drummer 25 in the Boredoms 77 Boadrum performance which occurred on July 7th, 2007 at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn, New York.

Discography

*"I" self-released cassette, 1992
*"II" self-released cassette
*"III" self-released cassette
*"IV" self-released cassette
*"V" self-released cassette
*"VI" self-released cassette
*"VII" self-released cassette
*"VIII" self-released 8-track cassette
*"IX" compact disc (Relativity Records), 1995
*"X" compact disc (Emperor Jones), 1996
*"Elf: Gulf Bore Waltz" compact disc (Jetset), 1996
*"XII" Internet-only release at [http://www.screwmusicforever.com Screw Music Forever] , 2005
*"13:Netherregions" compact disc (Jetset), 1997
*"XIV" compact disc (Arena Rock Recording Co.), 1999
*"XV" compact disc (Cooking Vinyl), 2003
*"Sexteen" compact disc (Brah Records), 2006

External links

* [http://www.screwmusicforever.com Screw Music Forever] - Website for the band's label
* [http://www.myspace.com/hometheband Home MySpace page]
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:3e841v0ozzca Home on the All Music Guide]
* [http://www.arenarock.com Arena Rock Recording Co.]
* [http://www.viva-radio.com/77Boadrum/drummers.php?id=25&view=video 77 Boadrum Site Profile] Viva Radio, Sep 2007. (Flash)


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