“It’s always fun getting stuff from Small Stone. I’ll get an email with a link to download the music, cover art and hype sheet. I always go straight to the music and ignore the other stuff until I give it a few spins. The first song kicked in and I thought “wow, this sounds like Kyuss and Metallica. Who are these guys? What’s this song called?” The song is called “Blistering” and that’s exactly what it is. Turns out that House Of Broken Promises are basically Unida without singer John Garcia (ex-Kyuss). First impressions are important, so we’re off to a good start.
Indio, CA is their hometown and city’s website claims it is “the place to be.” Chances are the bands jam room is the place to be judging by the heavy sounds these guys put down. This is full on kick ass metal with a strong dose of classic rock. Big guitars, booming bass and a healthy crash-bang-wallop on the drums. The vocals remind me a lot of John Garcia and James Hetfield.”
The Ripple Effect
“House of Broken Promises, though it might not win any awards for most original stoner hard rock outfit, certainly gets mad props for a name that is indeed original and which, somehow, captures the whole zeitgeist of the angrier, heavier side of modern psyche rock. I hope that sounds like a compliment and not a put down. House of Broken Promises isn't a rip-off act too. They have their own sound, though they march (proudly) in the footsteps of other acts prior that have blazed the trail. That said, the sound is suitably big, with riffs that will lash out like lava and leave you burnt bones in the aftermath. The vocals are melodic but full of grit, piss and vinegar and are perfectly matched with the agressive heavy rock lumber of the big blues balls that drive these tunes. It's definitely a muscular slam of heady guitar rock, exactly the sort of thing Small Stone has justly built its reputation upon.
- Upchuck Undergrind”
“The split 7" already showed that HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES (aka HOBP) don't really need John Garcia, by which I do not mean to say, that this collaboration wasn't successful. His voice was an integral part of their sound. This shows up in all the songs which he recorded togther with HOBP when they were sailing under the banner of Unida. But both parties went their seperate ways. Garcia joined Hermano while Arthur Seay, Eddie Plascencia and Mike Cancino went on to form HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES in 2004.
The above-mentioned split 7" with Duster69 has been released by Daredevil Records in 2007 and proved that their fire was still burning. The same can be said for the debut album 'Using The Useless' with the difference that the fire is larger and hotter than ever before. 'Using The Useless' fires on all cylinders with nary a break in sight. Every song is a perfect example of pure, pull-no-punches, badass, metal-tinged hard rock. 'Obey The Snake' is packed with AC/DC-like riffage while 'High”