Teen bands are not always cute, cuddly, choreographed marionettes bouncing to the sterilized gleam of pubescent pop. Sometimes, you find teenage groups that rock like hurricanes and remind you how thrilling it is to be baptized in screaming guitars, insistent grooves, and impassioned vocals. That’s what Northern California’s Haunted By Heroes is all about. Loud. Proud. Talented. And young. The core rhythm section of identical twins Nick (bass) and Chris (drums) started a band at just seven years old with some preschool buddies, and rapidly attained a level of success most adult groups would trade their souls for. They appeared on the Today Show (where host Matt Lauer proclaimed them “larger than life with a unique sound”), guested on America’s Got Talent (performing “We’re Not Gonna Take It” with Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider), and hit the Cartoon Network, backing Lil P-Nut in a music-video remake of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way.” As gigging pros, the tireless Haunted By Heroes crew has logged hundreds of shows, and has graced the stages of San Francisco’s historic Candlestick Park, Club Nokia, The Roxy, The Whiskey a Go-Go, Slim’s, the Fillmore, and other venues. All of this activity has not gone unnoticed by major-market media outlets, and the band has been covered by respected publications such as USA Today, Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, Guitar Player magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Jose Mercury News.
But things are really starting to heat up now...
With Max (guitar) and Atreyu (guitar) joining forces with Nick and Chris, Haunted By Heroes is committing heart and soul to devising a gritty and exuberant ORIGINAL sound, while they rapidly evolve as tremendously talented songwriters and performers. They’ve already hit pay dirt with a catchy, socially responsible anti-bullying song entitled “Stomp It Out,” which has been adopted by the Free2Luv organization, and was broadcast repeatedly at this year’s NASCAR Brickyard 400.
“I discovered Haunted By Heroes through a friend, and I was just shattered by their talent, their sound, their passion, and their energy,” says Guitar Player Editor in Chief Michael Molenda. “I immediately thought, ‘These kids need to be signed right now!’ So I called producer Greg Hampton — who I’ve known and worked with for years — because I knew he’d have the chops to help Nick, Chris, Max, and Atreyu get to the next level as composers and performers, and then score a record deal and rule the world.”
In addition to helming the upcoming album release by Haunted By Heroes, Hampton has been entrusted with overseeing the recorded legacy of the late guitar star Tommy Bolin, and has worked in the studio with Alice Cooper, Warren Haynes, Ronnie Wood, Lita Ford, Bootsy Collins, Rick Derringer, and others. Currently, the Haunted By Heroes team is refining material for the band’s label debut. Keep in touch with all the exciting developments at www.hauntedbyheroes.com and www.facebook.com/hauntedbyheroes.