House of Fools keeps it pure and true

by Heather MacIntyre

House of Fools

Drive-Thru Records

You might recognize these guys from many past Triad projects like Radio Years, the Sour Kids, Roland Black, End of The Affair, Mayfli, the Necessary and more. They describe the member development of House of Fools as a sort of “local musical chairs” game. Matt and Phil were in a band, David and Jeff were in a band, and Josh and Joel were in a band. Now, switch. Jeff, Joel and David are in a band together, and Matt and Josh are together. Change up, one more time: David, Jeff, Josh and Joel are in a band together. But they still couldn’t sit still. So finally, all six found seats in what was an obvious fate they had been avoiding for years: House of Fools.

No, the group isn’t named after the Russian film, but a magnet that keyboardist Matt Bowers noticed on a refrigerator at a friend’s house. What gets these guys inspired? Influences vary from member to member, everything from Led Zeppelin, Muse, Foo Fighters, the Beatles andf Tom Petty to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam. Greensboro’s favorite classic-meets-modern rock kids have traveled all over the US, touring with artists like Limbeck, He Is Legend, Paulson, Far-Less, Steel Train and Particle (to name only a few). And speaking of classic, it seems to be a positive trail they’ve followed so far, keeping it pure and true to their collective vision. It’s easy to get caught up in the industry and fold to the mainstream mantras of making something catchier, brighter or louder.

House of Fools is known for their very personal North Carolina performances. With guitar solos, light shows and six members, they have a brilliant way of proving just enough talent out of each of the musicians – without overdoing it. Aside from some of the classics they’ve covered (Stealers Wheel, Pink Floyd, the Eagles, Tom Petty), most of the lyrics are written by the band’s lead vocalist, Josh King. The writing process goes a little differently though, in more of a collective effort, involving picking and prodding with Protools, or just hiding away in their project studio located in the house they rent in High Point (they’ve named it “Gordon Roadhouse”). Currently, they’re still in that writing process for their next album. They’re known for taking their time with releases, delicately editing tracks over and over to everyone’s approval – only to later leave the studio and decide they don’t like it, and booking more time to go back to the studio. The previous album took a couple years, and for most all fans and friends, it was certainly worth the wait. They can relax and take their time though… members’ age range 21-25. Though they’d eventually love to make a long-term career out of something they’re so deeply involved in like music, right now they’re all about playing tunes and having fun while they’re young. But you won’t find them fighting the heat of tour this summer; they’re staying home and trying to stay cool as they continue writing music.

Though you might find them in the public eye kickin’ back at Triad spots like Buffalo Wild Wings and Westerwood… their next musical appearance is Friday at the Werehouse ( in Winston-Salem.