TGHB was formed in the spring of 2014 by singer/guitarist Neal Karkhanis and drummer Paul Martinez. After writing and recording a couple of songs, namely the fan favorite "Portland," the band added bassist Owen Brinser and singer/pianist Linette Gonzale...
TGHB was formed in the spring of 2014 by singer/guitarist Neal Karkhanis and drummer Paul Martinez. After writing and recording a couple of songs, namely the fan favorite "Portland," the band added bassist Owen Brinser and singer/pianist Linette Gonzalez. The band's first show was at Charm City Art Space in Baltimore, Maryland where Karkhanis purchased 25 tickets himself for friends and family. The show went exceptionally well and with a little buzz in the area, Baltimore's premier punk venue, The Ottobar, asked TGHB to open up for indie rockers Hellogoodbye and Vacationer just two weeks later.
The band went on to record three more songs and released their debut EP, "Weird Thoughts," in the summer of 2014 along with a music video for "Portland." The "Portland" music video received a raving reception due to its quality of production, the song itself and the fact that the band made the video independent of a record label or any major funding. CI Records owner, Jeremy Weiss, took notice of TGHB after Karkhanis emailed him about re-releasing "Weird Thoughts" under the historic punk rock label. Known for its success with The Pink Spiders, The Juliana Theory, August Burns Red, Texas in July and others, CI Records was quick to make the band an offer.
In the fall of 2014, TGHB officially signed with CI Records, an announcement that did not come until February 2015. In November and December of 2014, the band entered the studio with Eric Taft at Buzzlounge Recording Studio in Beltsville, Maryland to begin work on the band's debut full length. The full length includes all 5 songs off the "Weird Thoughts" EP as well as 6 brand new tracks produced by Taft. Once the signing was announced, the label quickly put the band on the Launch Tour 2015 as an opener for The Venetia Fair and Icarus the Owl as well as the Launch Music Conference and Festival in Lancaster, Pennsylvania headlined by Atreyu, Alien Ant Farm, hed(pe) and others. Taft joined the band for much of the tour and in April 2015 officially joined the band as an additional singer/guitarist. That summer, TGHB was invited to play the 2015 Milwaukee Summer Fest as an opener to New Politics. The band left the festival winning the Emerging Artist Award, which was decided based on fans texting their favorite band to festival organizers.
TGHB's debut full length entitled "Songs in Eastern Standard Timing" came out October 23, 2015 and has received rave reviews. The full length is full of 11 songs about the simple joys in life, love and loss, distance and necessity. Lyrically, the album is autobiographical in nature, speaking from a place of hopeless romance and optimism. Full of dual male/female lead vocals, loud guitars, synth leads and pop-driven choruses reminiscent of Weezer, The Hippos and Ok Go, TGHB is sure to become a favorite for many. In addition to the instant hit "Portland", the band includes other catchy songs including the second single, "Coming Around," whose music video is filmed like a one-take iPhone video.
On November 27, 2015, TGHB released a split Christmas EP with label mate Carousel Kings. The band covers the holiday classic "White Christmas" and also includes their original "Twisted Christmas". The entire EP was engineered and produced by guitarist Taft at Buzzlounge Recording.
The band is performing at various festivals and shows all over the country as we speak! Check the tour dates section to see when TGHB is coming to your town!