To epitomize the band in a handful of words, Lonesome House could best be described by their namesake, which ironically, according to Statler, actually means nothing.
“Okay, so we were figuring out different words and putting the word ‘house’ after it, right?” says Statler, turning his head to Erin, “Right?” She smiles as Cody laughs from the corner of the table, “And I just thought lonesome? Lonesome… House? Hey that sounds great,” goes Statler.
“But we can always change it tomorrow!” warns Malone. “You know it doesn’t really mean anything but we just like it,” continues Statler, “The imagery definitely fits our music.”
But the actual sound of Lonesome House is not so easily categorized. Between the six songs on the band’s EP Stories the group spans an impressive range of moods. “Untitled” is actually a ballad written by Esther Malone and inspired by The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; a special movie that the band cites as a mission statement to their music. Meant to emulate some of the adventurous elements of the movie, “Untitled” is blessed with a certain free-spiritedness between Esther’s vocals and the song’s excellent violin-electric guitar cohesion.
“MMXIV” braces the more somber elements of the EP with a gray-washed air towards life’s adversity. Vocalist Jared Statler seems to lyrically expose his demons in a song that he says was inspired by “some of the darker times in my life.” Statler takes a moment as he looks back upon his thoughts behind “MMXIV”.
“The soft spot of the song is my favorite because I just want to cry when I sing it,” he says, “The chorus is like God calling me by name.”
“I’d say that everyone in the band is Christian. We wouldn’t like to be labeled as a Christian band but as Christians who make music,” explains Statler, concerning the Biblical references on the album. But despite the religious undertones, what Lonesome House produces on Stories is pure emotion.
Capping off the album is the powerful “To Those Who Wander”, featuring guest vocalists Juan Pardo and Zach Mayfield in a reeling tour-de-force spoken word account. Easily the most gripping song from the band “To Those Who Wander” shows how music if not faith can transcend boundaries. Cast in the melodies and riffs of the music is something purely human regardless of faith, or as Erin says, “Forget the lyrics whether you’re Christian or not and just enjoy the music.”