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hortly 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. 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.

Band Members

Josh Grigsby(drums) Tom Keiger(vocals/guitar) Richard "Okie" Okamoto(keyboards/vocals) Jose Lopez(guitar/vocals) Jarrett Seltzer(bass)

Links

(www.houstoncalls.com) (www.myspace.com/houstoncalls) (www.purevolume.houstoncalls) (www.drivethrurecords.com)

Upcoming Shows

2/9/08 Glen Head, NY @ Rock Lobster 2/10/08 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock 2/19/08 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits 2/20/08 Orlando, FL @ Back Booth 2/21/08 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum 2/23/08 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade 2/24/08 Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Sound Garden 2/25/08 Raleigh, NC @ Vintage 21 2/26/08 Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar 2/27/08 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom 2/28/08 Allston, MA @ The ICC 2/29/08 Wilton, CT @ Trackside Teen Center 3/1/08 Hackensack, NJ @ School of Rock 3/2/08 Buffalo, NY @ Extreme Wheelz 3/4/08 Pontiac, MI @ Eagle Theatre 3/5/08 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar 3/6/08 Akron, OH @ Musica 3/7/08 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner 3/8/08 Tinley Park, IL @ Mojoe’s Rock House 3/9/08 La Crosse, WI @ The Warehouse 3/12/08 Duluth, MI @ University of Minnesota 3/13/08 Minneapolis, MI @ Varsity Theater 3/14/08 Iowa City, IO @ The Picador 3/15/08 Omaha, NE @ Club Roxbury 3/16/08 Wichita, KS @ Eagles Lodge 3/17/08 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater 3/19/08 Midvale, UT @ The Circuit 3/21/08 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon 3/22/08 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
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