New Jersey's Houston Calls officially appeared on the pop-punk scene in August 2005 with their full-length debut, A Collection of Short Stories.
Comprised of ex-Face First
members vocalist/guitarist Tom "Chitty" Keiger, bassist Jarrett Seltzer, and keyboardist/vocalist Okie Okamoto, the group also included guitarist Kenny Ryan (ex-Hidden in Plain View
) and drummer Josh Grigsby (ex-Riding Bikes, who replaced original skinsman Tommy Clayton). Their bright and sunny album was released on Rushmore, an imprint of Drive-Thru Records. Tour dates in support of the record were played through the end of the year with bands like Fenix TX
, and the Rocket Summer
. Almost nonstop touring continued throughout 2006. Late that year, Ryan left the band and was replaced on guitar by Jose Lopez
. ~ Corey Apar, Rovi