BETTER HOMES’s career started as quickly as the band formed. Since its formation in the summer of 2014 by vocalist Hayls, drummer Sean Robinson, and guitarist Aaron Sorge, the rock band from Northern Virginia has been constantly working in various locations across the region. Starting with the Music Makes Life Better benefit at Jammin Java in Vienna, VA, where the band shared the stage with His Dream of Lions, Better Homes has played bars in Washington D.C., churches in Hagerstown, MD, and Skate parks in Woodbridge, VA, picking up bassist Will Gies and guitarist/vocalist Nick Sloane along the way. Within a year of forming, Better Homes, returned to Jammin Java to share the stage with His Dream of Lions, Audiostrobelight, TheRuinCity, and Accidents to play their biggest show yet at their now hometown base, nearly selling out the venue.
With a year of live experience under their belts, Better Homes released their first EP in the Fall of 2015: Late Night Window. The eclectic and forthright five song collection set the foundation for the bands future endeavors in the Mid-Atlantic region.
In 2016 Better Homes saw the departure of drummer Sean Robinson, expansion to Pennsylvania by a show at the Breathing Room in Greencastle, further growth of its following with the aid of dedicated fans, and bringing in Max Stabile to replace Robinson. In summer 2016 alone, the band has taken the stage at the Untitled Music Festival, earned a finalist slot in the 2016 Summer Band Battle at Jammin’ Java, where the band finished 2nd overall. That summer also saw the release of their latest digital single, HOUNDS. The summer ended with the departure of Stabile, but the band soldiered forward with Sorge taking over drumming duties in the studio and Robinson returning as their primary live drummer.
Although the band spent the Fall and early Winter of 2016 playing their first gig in Richmond, Virginia and sharing the stage with Canadian band Red Handed Denial and local favorites Calm the Waters, Better Homes were quietly working on writing, recording and producing new material in an ever improving guerrilla-style home studio. While Sorge, Sloane, and Gies experimented musically both in arrangement and sound, Hayls dug deep in reflection lyrically, stringing together four different episodes summing up a dysfunctional five year relationship. The fruit of these labors produced the four song EP, Cardiosonus, released in February 2017.
Armed with DIY work ethic, the engineering talents of Sorge, and more gear than early twenty-somethings should ever own, Better Homes plans on continuing to play live music for anyone that will listen, and releasing music until someone politely asks them to stop.
BETTER HOMES is:
Hayls – Vocals
Aaron Sorge – Guitar/Drums
Nick Sloane – Guitar/Vocals
Will Gies – Bass