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"Using the Useless"

by House of Broken Promises

If we were to compile a list of all that's useless in modern rock music, we'd be here for days. In fact, it'd probably be easier - and quicker - to rattle off the few undeniably great things roaring up from the underground. Take Indio, California's HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES. With their Small Stone debut "Using the Useless" this trio is leading the charge against mediocrity and watered down tepidness. Formed from the ashes of the late, great, and woefully underappreciated UNIDA (which also featured John Garcia of KYUSS fame), HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES is a no-holds-barred double shot of classic hard rock. You can't write riffs like the ones found on "Blister" and "Highway Grit" without them being part of your DNA. You can't lay down grooves like those on "Walk on By" and "Obey the Snake" by accident. You have to feel 'em in your bones. And that's exactly what you get with HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES. Guitarist Arthur Seay, bassist/vocalist Eddie Plascencia, and drummer Mike Cancin
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1. Blister
4:39 $0.99
2. Obey the Snake
4:33 $0.99
3. Physco Plex
5:19 $0.99
4. Highway Grit
4:30 $0.99
5. Justify
4:11 $0.99
6. Torn
4:44 $0.99
7. Buried Away
5:10 $0.99
8. Broken Life
4:29 $0.99
9. Walk on By
4:34 $0.99
10. Ladron (spanish)
3:29 $0.99
11. The Hurt (paid my dues)
5:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
House Of Broken Promises
Using the Useless
Arthur Seay: Guitars, Vox
Eddie Plascencia: Bass, Lead Vox
Mike Cancino: Drums, Vox

Produced by Arthur Seay.
Engineered by Arthur Seay.
Mixed by Mark Armentrout and Arthur Seay.
Recorded and Mixed at BitterSand Recording Studio - Indio, CA.
Mastered by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio - Ann Arbor, MI.
House Of Broken Promises to debut on MTV!
Monday, January 11, 2010
The first video from the House Of Broken Promises debut album "Using The Useless" was excepted by MTV for HeadBangers Ball . The video for "The Hurt (paid my dues)" has been kicking around You Tube for a little bit, and now it will be hitting the airwaves of both MTV and MTV2 in just a few short weeks! The HOBP band is also busy working on their second video with Rick Kosick for the song "Obey the Snake" which also comes from "Using The Useless... ‘s Crazy Craig put “Using the Useless” in his Top 20 of the year
Captain Beyond Blog Spot voted “Using the useless” in the top 40 of 2009
Sirius/XM Faction 28 added “Blister” and “Physco Plex” into full rotation.

House Of Broken Promises

If we were to compile a list of all that's useless in modern rock music, we'd be here for days. In fact, it'd probably be easier - and quicker - to rattle off the few undeniably great things roaring up from the underground. Take Indio, California's HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES. With their Small Stone debut "Using the Useless" this trio is leading the charge against mediocrity and watered down tepidness.

Formed from the ashes of the late, great, and woefully underappreciated UNIDA (which also featured John Garcia of KYUSS fame), HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES is a no-holds-barred double shot of classic hard rock. You can't write riffs like the ones found on "Blister" and "Highway Grit" without them being part of your DNA. You can't lay down grooves like those on "Walk on By" and "Obey the Snake" by accident. You have to feel 'em in your bones. And that's exactly what you get with HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES. Guitarist Arthur Seay, bassist/vocalist Eddie Plascencia, and drummer Mike Cancino are so in tune with what makes a rock song rock harder and better, it'd be scary if it wasn't so awesome. When these three get together and play, they lay waste to the has beens, wanna bes, and hipsters, and they say in no uncertain terms, "This is how it's gonna be."

Small Stone Records is proud to present HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISE's full-length debut, "Using the Useless." You're going to get your rock's worth. That's a promise this house won't break.

Reviews for Using the Useless...
The Cutting Edge
Record Of The Month

Oh, man this is one stone cold, bad-ass, hard rock record. Resurrected from the remnants of Unida (the John Garcia-fronted stoner band post Kyuss and Slo Burn) HOBP erupts in a cataclysmic blast of molten granite that easily stands up to its illustrious pedigree. The Indio, California-based power trio are heavy on riffs and down right mean on rhythms – and they look the part too with guitarist Arthur Seay boasting the most righteous lamb-chop beard we’ve ever seen. Echoes of COC, Sabbath and Down fill the record’s eleven tracks with Eddie Plascencia straddling his bass and bellowing into the mic while drummer Miguel Cancino kicks the shit out of his kit. “Blister” is a wake up call as it gets the whole disc boiling. A sidewinding lick akin to Pepper Keenan’s thick squeal feeds into a pummeling backbeat and chugs it’s way through four and a half minutes of thundering bliss. The deeper meaning of the song’s lyrics “I’m about to drop this heavy load / I can’t keep this stench off of me / so obnoxious I can’t breath” are left to open interpretation.

Second track, and in our opinion a beaming beckon, “Obey The Snake” capitalizes on a sinister wicked groove. Just enough southern soul with a funky riff and foot-stomping beat ensures the track will weld itself to your brain. The searing solo, ghosted piano and screaming female orgasm work magnificently. Biker anthem “Highway Grit” and biographical “Broken Life” dig deeper into the band’s twisted psyche. Gnarled and scarred by life’s arduous path leaves the band plenty of fabric to sew in their lyrical metaphors. “Torn” comes off as their soundtrack with a chorus so damn big one can only hope it find it’s way to satellite radio. Hot on it’s heels is the countering “Buried Away” with a huge open chord and some of Seay’s best playing. The drums retain their intensity with the bass clamoring behind Plascencia howling vocals. The Spanish version of “Ladron” puts authentic muscle behind the Southern Cal rocker while “The Hurt (Paid My Dues)” is the record’s first video up on YouTube - and the song that will sell this mother through the roof. Couple trax to pay particular attention to are Machine Head-like “Physco Plex” and fuzzed out “Walk On By.” Both bare repeated listening for complete conversion. The awesome album art was done by Alexander von Wieding, whose other clients include Monster Magnet and Three Chord Society.

- Todd K Smith

January 5th, 2010

Taken From Top 20 of 2009
18. House of Broken Promises, Using The Useless (Small
Metal Sucks


The Kyuss family tree has grown exponentially since disbanding in 1995. And though Josh Homme continues to be the highest profile ex-member of the seminal desert rock group, the best Kyuss-related release of 2009 not only has nothing to do with that crooked vulture, but doesn’t even include anyone who was actually a member of the band! House of Broken Promises formed out of the ashes of John Garcia’s Unida, with Eddie Plascencia doing double duty on bass and lead vocals. The eleven tracks on Using The Useless are sensational, sleazy, and familiar. Sure, House of Broken Promises aren’t doing anything all that innovative, but they’re doing it a hell of a lot better than Nickelback or Daughtry or just about any other purported “hard rock” band out there right now. “Blister” is on par with anything off Down’s last album, while “Highway Grit” might as well be the unofficial theme song for Sons Of Anarchy. The chorus on “Torn” is so damn catchy and anthemic that it almost seems unfair that you’re unlikely to ever hear it on the radio. Here’s hoping the band tours in 2010 and raises their profile a bit more. Using The Useless is a fucking diamond in the rough.

- Gary Suarez

December 17th, 2009
All Music Guide
A band housing three out of four musicians who briefly made Unida such a promising threat to take over the stoner rock universe, before being broken by the most heinous major-label machinations, Palm Desert's aptly named House of Broken Promises attempt to go Garcia-less (as in without missing former colleague, singer John Garcia) on their 2009 debut, Using the Useless. And after just a few songs, it's pretty safe to say that the first question most listeners will be asking is, "Garcia who?" Not only does bassist/vocalist Eddie Plasciencia step up to the plate with an impressively soulful snarl, reminiscent at times of the band's former frontman, as well as Corrosion of Conformity's Pepper Keenan, but his rhythm section partner, Mike Cancino, and guitarist extraordinaire Arthur Seay respectively pummel and shred their instruments, as though channeling a half-decade's worth of bitter frustration. For his part, Seay also seems motivated to revive the guitar hero role in stoner rock after years of virtuosic scarcity on a level with Monster Magnet's Ed Mundell or Solace's Tommy Southard; this while churning out the thickest, chunkiest six-string tone from his rig this side of Zakk Wylde (wailing harmonics included). The really good news is that, unlike Wylde's Black Label Society, thunderous House of Broken Promises songs like "Blister" and "Buried Away" don't suck! And along with additional riff monuments such as the groovy "Obey the Snake," the jerky "Highway Grit," and the Spanish-sung "Ladron," they bulge at the seams with a level of aggression, desire, imagination, and -- how's this for a shocker -- good hooks and choruses that may actually be strong enough to finally dredge the stoner rock scene out of its widespread new millennium morass. Just like Unida was supposed to, come to think of it, so take heeds, long-suffering fans of the genre; Using the Useless finally gets that sadly doomed band's mission accomplished, by hook or by crook!

- by Eduardo Rivadavia

December 12th, 2009
Broken Beard
It’s hard to pick and choose between any of John Garcia’s bands, but I really love Unida, and they should’ve been BIG. Queens of the Stone Age big, really, if we’re talking post-Kyuss success. But that’s rock n’ roll for you, a what-could-have-been and then some script played out by a new band every day. Garcia turned out all right though (as he always does), but how have the other urban coyotes (Arthur Seay, Miguel Cancino, and Eddie Plascencia) in Unida coped? Well, just fine, thank you very much. They crossed the great divide and came out the other side as House of Broken Promises, a mean, green, brawling rawk machine.

Their debut, Using the Useless, is pure vindication in volume, and while I’ve always had my issues with the forgettable sound of hard rock bands, there have been a few that stayed with me (Fireball Ministry, L.O.Freq, and Brand New Sin to name a few), and HBP has that potential (despite the bad name), especially with the heavy desert groove of songs like “Obey the Snake” and “Walk on By.” Otherwise it’s all boss biker metal and the angry riffs on Using the Useless are shoved down your throat like raw road kill in a bloody fist. So open wide, taste the pain, and try not to choke.

- Jeff

November 5th, 2009
Featuring guitarist/producer Arthur Seay, who notably slung his ax in John Garcia’s Unida, House of Broken Promises lays down the beer-basted bombast with barely baked boogie fever on Using the Useless. As one might expect from a band with connections to the desert rock camp, HoBP has some Kyuss groove in its gas tank, gurgling with rolling thunder. But the trio knows the value of a big-ass hook and the virtues of slashing what you’ve got to say then shutting up. Tunes like Torn, Highway Grit and Obey the Snake roll on riffs and rage rather than on jamming; Walk On By even has a singalong chorus. Bassist Eddie Plascencia is no Garcia (who is?), but he makes up in power what he lacks in finesse, and the rest of the combo roars right along with him. Using the Useless is no-bullshit hard rock, as fresh and classic as a brand-new Les Paul.

- Michael Toland

October 15th, 2009
The Obelisk
At the mountaintop of heavy metal clichés (and quite a mountain it is) sits the mighty “Formed from the ashes of.” It is the ultimate, beating out the many variations on “shred” and any use of “brutal” you can imagine. Imagine any (every) local band press release: “Formed from the ashes of Three Bands You Never Heard, New Band X is totally shredding brutal…” and so forth. Happens all the time. So when you see it in the next paragraph, please feel free to wink back.

Formed from the ashes of Unida, Indio, CA, desert trio House of Broken Promises make their debut offering in the meaty riffs of Using the Useless (Small Stone), combining accessibility with desert fuzz and a raucous catchiness. At the helm is righteously-bearded guitarist/vocalist Arthur Seay, whose delivery reminds of one-time Unida frontman John Garcia but comes on unhinged and confrontational where the former Kyuss/current Hermano singer was more controlled. The commonality is largely in using the gut as the launch point for their voices.

Seay’s guitar sounds downright huge from the start of “Blister” and remains so for the rest of Using the Useless, but fortunately the bass of Eddie Plasciencia and Mike Cancino’s drumming are equally massive, so although the songs are clearly based around the riffs, the rhythm section mounts a considerable presence. Both Plasciencia and Cancino contribute vocals as well. Hand-claps, gang shouts and a low in the mix female orgasm permeate “Obey the Snake,” in the first demonstration of House of Broken Promises’ commercial tendencies, which pop up again later on “Torn,” where the central riff follows a progression similar to Corrosion of Conformity’s “Shake Like You” while the vocals take a turn in the direction of Skid Row’s “18 and Life.” If this song doesn’t end up in a video game somewhere, there’s no justice in the universe.
- H.P. Taskmaster

September 2nd, 2009

Taken from The Ripple Effect. Ripplemusic.blogspot
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 before he started emoting feelings other than being pissed off.

The 11 songs on Using The Useless clock in at 50 minutes and are around 4 or 5 minutes each. Plenty of time to get into the groove but they never wear thin. “Obey The Snake” has a riff similar to “Devil’s Child” by Judas Priest and has a great solo like something off Thin Lizzy’s Thunder & Lightning album. Check out the guitar player’s huge ass beard. You can’t grow something like that without being able to rock.

“Psycho Plex” dares to graft a Pantera groove with Ted Nugent’s “Stranglehold.” Other stand out jams are fast ones like “Highway Grit” and “The Hurt (Paid My Dues),” which features some killer drumming. The entire album rocks from start to finish and there’s plenty of variety so the party never gets dull. They even throw in a curveball on the Spanish language “Ladron.” Somewhere, Juanes is not happy. The only disappointment is that “Walk On By” is not a heavy ass cover of the Dionne Warwick hit. It’s a catchy, hard hitting rock song but it’s always been a dream of mine to hear that song in a Sabbath/Isaac Hayes arrangement. Maybe on the next album. These guys have a lot of talent, write good songs and play the hell out of them so I have a feeling they will be making ears bleed for a long time coming.


>From the ashes of Unida, rises the mighty HOUSE OF BROKEN PROMISES like a firey, fierce phoenix harbouring a nasty grudge. Fueled by three of the finest musicians in the genre, these bad ass muthaphukahs THROW DOWN, show no quarter and take no prisoners! True to their Small Stone label standard, there's no filler here. Nothing but SOLID wall-to-wall kick a$$ rock'n'roll!! Standout tracks? ALL OF THEM.

If you like your high octane stoner rock straight with a chaser of hard nosed metal then you just walked into the right sonic bar. HOBP DOES NOT disappoint! They're like a high voltage cattle prod in the sleepy backside of the candy coated corporate controlled industry.

Watch the video for "The Hurt (Paid My Dues)" on YouTube and there'll be no looking back.

Teeder (Toronto, Canada)

AllAccess Live Review
The show tonight has been put together by none other than Rick Kosick. Photographer extraordinaire and video director who has worked on Jackass and other TV shows. It is good to see someone in Rick's position so active in the music scene.

Up first is the freight train of a band House Of Broken Promises featuring members of Unida!! Their sound is HEAVY as a warship and yet goes down smooth. Arthur Seay the bands guitarist is one of the top players around, period. His chops can cut through the toughest materials out there and his lead work pierces with every note. Eddie Plascencia bassist and lead vocals holds down the fort with drummer Mike Cancino. Don't get me wrong about Eddie and Mike just holding down the fort because they do way more than that. Eddies vocals rage through the music in an urgent way to get to your ears and make you believe his words mean business, while Mike's drum beats will give permanent damage to the week at heart. A must for anyone who craves their rock with a touch of metal.

Album Tracks (Spanish version of entire record coming soon)
1. Blister
2. Obey the Snake
3. Physco Plex
4. Highway Grit
5. Justify
6. Torn
7. Buried Away
8. Broken Life
9. Walk on By
10. Ladron (spanish version)
11. The Hurt (paid my dues)

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