Texas-based trio House Parties, formed in 2019, has quickly risen to prominence with their pop, rock, and pop-punk blend, addressing topics like trauma and mental health. During the COVID pandemic, they honed their craft and debuted their nostalgic sound at a local Emo Nite party. Since then, they've performed at major events across the country, solidifying their status as one of the Metroplex's hottest acts. Now, with their Equal Vision Records debut EP, SIDE EFFECTS, produced by Seth Henderson and Derek DiScanio, House Parties aims to establish themselves on a national level, showcasing their wide-eyed enthusiasm in the EP's four songs.
How did the band form and what does the band name mean?
House Parties formed around in 2020 with just the lead singer and guitarist. Then scoured on social media looking for a drummer and a bassist and had found Wesley and Haley! The meaning behind the band name is just to be yourself. When you go to parties with your friends and you don’t have to put up a wall and pretend to be someone you’re not. To be your unapologetic self.
Previous musical projects?
How'd you first get into music?Spencer and I used to be in an old band where we met and after that didn’t work out, we started a tiny little side project called Rainier. During the pandemic is when we wanted to fully commit to starting a pop punk band.
First concert that you ever went to?
The first concert I ever went to was Paramore during their self-titled tour. I lied to my mom so I could go with my friend and we ended up sneaking into better seats!
What's your writing process like?
Our writing process is kind of random. I’ll write lyrics down in my notes app all the time and when Spencer or Wesley send me a demo, I sit down and try to fit lyrics together like pieces to a puzzle.
What other artists or songs inspire your music?
We’re all kind of inspired by different artists like Fall Out Boy, Paramore, and Pierce the Veil!
What's the live experience like and your philosophy on playing live? Do you think the music live should be identical to the recorded version or should it be it's own thing?
Playing live can be a whole experience. Sometimes we wanna make it just like the recording, then on the other hand if we have a dope idea for a transition or just something cool, we’ll do it. The other night we covered a tiny snippet of Yellow by Coldplay before one of our sad songs and the fans loved it!
Has the band toured?
Touring has been such an amazing experience but we’re all so exhausted. Since this is our first full US tour, we’re still getting used to waking up early and driving for 4 to 13 hours depending. Being on the road with Can’t Swim and Belmont has been such a great time and we couldn’t be more thankful for this opportunity.
What's up next for the band?
Up next for us is releasing our EP next year in January, and hopefully going in more tours!