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New Jersey, United States (2003 – 2009)

Shortly after the New Jersey ska punk group Face First disbanded in 2002, singer/guitarist Tom “Chitty” Keiger, bassist Jarrett Selzer, trumpet “Okie” Okamoto and drummer Tommie Clayton decided to reunite to play a poppier, more synthesized form of modern punk rock. Therefore, Okamoto switched from trumpet to keyboard, and Kenny Ryan, formerly of Hidden in Plain View, joined as a second guitarist. The name “Houston Calls”, according to the band, is a combination of chapter titles from the Apollo 13 DVD. Other choices included “Zoltar Madness” (from Big), “Giant Green Insanity” (from The Toxic Avenger), and “Deeds in NY” (from Mr. Deeds).[1]

While they began performing live in June 2003, they soon released their 4 Song Sampler, produced by Hidden in Plain View’s Rob Freeman, to help spread the word. Due to various national tours with bands such as Hidden in Plain View, The Academy Is… and Hellogoodbye, Houston Calls’ fanbase grew steadily, until in spring 2004, Clayton left the band. Through mutual friends, Josh Grigsby was introduced to the band and became their drummer on May 15, 2004. The newly manned five-piece went into the studio with producer Jesse Cannon, to record their Sampler Volume 2 (2004). A few months after its release in August 2004, Houston Calls became the second band to sign with Rushmore Records, a subsidiary record label of Drive-Thru Records, who the band had been friends with ever since their formation.
On August 2, 2005, the band’s official debut album, A Collection of Short Stories, was released. Produced by Ed Rose, the CD contained eleven songs, three of which had previously been released on their two samplers.


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  • pansypeachpie

    I miss this band so much.

    3 May 2013 Reply
  • houston_calls

    Houston Calls Reunion Could Come In 2013!!! Houston Calls have now confirmed that they are discussing reunion shows, but that they will not happen until 2013 if they happen at all. "Shows have been discussed. IF they happen it won’t be until 2013. I highly doubt new material will follow. But who knows nowadays, all of what I just typed could change. I will say however, it is pretty cool to see, Property of Zack, and some folks on those sites and here on Facebook still care about our small mark on the ‘scene’. Thanks!"

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • ZachKinsler

    never enough

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • sometimesoon

    A Collection of Short Stories is DEFINITELY one of the best pop punk albums out there.

    3 Aug 2012 Reply
  • yes_i_am_kabut

    ну понятное дело, пацаны умеют, могут

    9 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Nap

    No way "The End of an Error" is better than "A Collection of Short Stories".

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • stefan_1986

    A collection of short stories is far superior to 'the end of an error' that album was rushed and basically killed Houston Calls. Not only is ACOSS the best Houston calls album but it's also one of the best pop punk albums ever.

    14 Apr 2012 Reply
  • ciroordie

    try zero to one - ciro

    14 Apr 2012 Reply
  • bobo9390

    The End Of An Error is far better than A Collection Of Short Stories......yeah, I said it. [3] I've always thought this. Didn't realize it was a controversial opinion. ha

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • star2777

    :D **,,**

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • WiwiKien

    Check us out! Female fronted Easycore / Pop-Punk

    7 Mar 2012 Reply
  • questforfire

    The End Of An Error is far better than A Collection Of Short Stories......yeah, I said it. [2]

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • poppunknerd182

    The End Of An Error is far better than A Collection Of Short Stories......yeah, I said it.

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • claire_bbz

    i miss this band. a lot. [3]

    17 Jan 2012 Reply
  • b4mf-

    i miss this band. a lot. [2]

    26 Aug 2011 Reply
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    19 Apr 2011 Reply
  • yayitsjoe

    i miss this band. a lot. so nostalgic listening to them.

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • ZachKinsler

    -Trail- said it beautifully.

    21 Feb 2011 Reply
  • -Trail-

    I miss this band. :(

    10 Jan 2011 Reply
  • AllAmericanTgc

    I demand you to JOINNNNNNN :D I would marry Alexander William Gaskarth

    29 Dec 2010 Reply
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