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|Home of Angels|
I am going to be honest as I open up this biography. It has a lot less to do with history and more to do with reality. So saturday nights are not the loveliest night that we all have and sunday mornings build it all back up. But that isn't really what it's all about friends. (and yes... I will be using as many contractions as I want to throughout this biography... but don't blame me if I fail to use a contraction when the opportunity presents itself). I grew up in small town Pennsylvania. We all did. I started writing music in my early teens probably as an expressive outlet for a small amount of angst I felt. Some of that angst was normal adolescent stuff. But some of it had to do with feeling/beliefs that I had learned or grown or established or been taught in myself. So I found myself a guitar player. A guy named brandon hanna who ended up (in some round about way) becoming one of the greatest men and most loyal friends I have ever come in contact with. We started merging our styles and feelings and beliefs. And then we started growing together as friends, musicians, and believers.
One night we looked up at the stars and tried to define the meaning of everything. After all that we realized that we were wrong about most of that. It ended up (about a million awful tunes later) that we decided to start a band. So in the fall of 2002, brandon and me and this drummer we grew up with named ian “smitty” smith and this bass player pat “irish” mcelroy started jamming around. We wrote some tunes and ended up playing this unique version of rock music that combined 90's grunge with a jam band influence. We played together for about 3 years. We played shows throughout western Pennsylvania, released a live record called “live at wake your neighbors vi”, and in april 2003 released a studio record called “Circle”.
Then things got real. Smitty left the band and my brother started ripping skins with us. And when I say ripping skins I mean drumming in a dynamic fashion that meshed more with the inherent vibe and poetic current that was in our music than any drummer we had ever played with. AND THEN HE SAID “THERE'S SOMEONE OUT THERE WHO FEELS IT LIKE I DO.” so brandy, and joe joe, and irish and me started rocking a bit.
Now we are here, fully evolved, but not done growing. We all believe in something, but not just anything. We have something to say about love and grace and hope and peace and stewardship and ethics and aesthetics and angst and aggression and what is true cause it is true and what isn't true just because people say it is. THE MUSIC? I am glad you asked. It should really speak for itself.
This quartet, based an hour north of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, merges the individual musical and artistic backgrounds and styles of four guys with a story to tell and the courage to tell it. RFH comes to the live stage with a purpose and never leaves without pouring out their hearts in order to achieve it. Though RFH brings precise musicianship to the stage and studio they never hesitate to jam their way through a set. Brandon Hanna and his jam band influenced lead guitar style, Michael Hazy’s poetic lyrics and folk rock rhythm guitar and vocal style, the raw bass style of Patrick McElroy and the aggressive, uncontrolled, dynamic percussion style of Joe Hazy are all united to achieve one artistic purpose. Viewing their music as a MEANS, not an END, they insist on truth and righteousness as they pursue their artistic purpose.
Constantly growing and developing, RFH has engaged the mind, heart, and spirit of audience members throughout Western Pennsylvania with their energetic live show and unique musical style. Their cutting vocals, poetic lyrics, ripping lead guitar, raw bass lines, and dynamic drums combine to create a stirring and poignant sound that leaves no audience member or record listener uninfluenced.
Currently, RFH is working on an upcoming distribution of songs collectively referred to as "Home of Angels."