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House of Fools - EP

House of Fools

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Album Review

Since House of Fools is four-sixths ex-members of the Greensboro melodic rock outfit the Necessary, it's really no surprise (especially with the same singer) that the two bands resemble one another. But seeing as the Necessary was just about your standard-issue emo group, it does come as a shock at how inviting and memorable the warm indie pop/rock tunes of House of Fools are. Sounding like a cross between Crowded House, a happier Elliott Smith, and the Format, with a touch of the Polyphonic Spree's buoyant sunshine sprinkled on top, the sextet's self-titled debut EP is utterly charming and wholly likable — playing almost as if the band recorded it from sitting atop a fluffy cloud. Whether with the gentle piano toying that breaks out into handclaps and buoyant vocals during the uplifting "Let's Follow" or the acoustic singer/songwriter charm of "Better Part of Me," the EP's five songs breeze dreamily along with a wide-eyed optimism that wants only to spread joy and comfort to tired ears. The music is just so appealing that even overly earnest moments — as during the brightness of "My Life Before Today" when Josh King proclaims, "So I guess I'll pretend to fit in/But it always just leaves me empty/So I'm doing my best/My best just to be me" — are easily forgiven. If five songs can sound this effortlessly delightful, consider expectations sufficiently raised for their forthcoming full-length.

Customer Reviews

Live and Learn? More like "listen and love"!!!

House of Fools is honestly the best band I've ever heard, and that is not a statement to be taken lightly coming from me. Their songs are perfect. There is no other band doing what they're doing right now. They truely are amazing. I recomend this EP - HIGHLY - to music lovers everywhere. And once you learn all of these songs, buy their full-length!!!

all i can say is... wow

I listen to alot of different music but House of Fools is for sure some of the best I have heard. I bought this EP and hope that they soon release a full album! Totally worth the $5 or whatever, it's worth more!

Biography

Formed: Greensboro, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Greensboro, NC's House of Fools was originally a side project for the Necessary vocalist Josh King that started when he began writing songs on the side with keyboardist Matt Bowers. Though a local favorite, the Necessary soon took a back seat to House of Fools, and the two recruited most of King's old bandmates, bassist Jeff Linn and guitarists Joel Kiser and David McLaughlin, to join up with the Fools. With the final addition of new drummer Phil Bell, the sextet was complete. Hooking up with producer...
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