House Of Freaks PhotoFORMED: 1986

House of Freaks were a completely original two-man act -- Bryan Harvey and Johnny Hott -- who played only guitar and drums, respectively, but achieved a full band sound. Formed in Richmond, VA in the late '80s, the Freaks specialized in Southern Gothic, provided by Harvey's literary lyrics with references to regional culture. The band debuted on Rhino in 1987 with the Bottom of the Ocean EP and quickly followed with Monkey on a Chain Gang (Rhino 1987). The more cohesive follow-up, Tantilla, showcased their songwriting and unique style. An uneven EP, To Our Friends, followed in 1990 and finally gave way to a major-label deal with Giant and Cakewalk in 1991. House of Freaks eventually disbanded, but Harvey and Hott continued to work together, chiefly in Gutterball, a side project for them as well as Steve Wynn, formerly of Dream Syndicate, and Bob Rupe of the Silos, which has yielded two albums. ~ Denise Sullivan, All Music Guide