House of Large Sizes

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History

Halloween, 1989 i believe

House of Large Sizes is by far the most successful, prolific, and well-known band in the history of the Cedar Valley. Began in September of 1986 by core members Dave Deibler and Barb Schilf, the band released 8 full length albums and a smattering of EPs and singles. They have toured the country extensively, most notably with ex-Pixies front man Frank Black.

They were signed to Columbia Records in 1994 and released their major label debut, My Ass-Kicking Life, on that label. Due to internal mismanagement at the label, they did not receive the support and attention for their record, and they left the label as a result. Undetered, they continued to play music and make records with What Are Records? and The Tyros Label until 2003.

The band broke up due for unknown reasons in late 2003. Barb and Dave currently own and operate Mohair Pear, a vintage/retro clothing store on College Hill in Cedar Falls.

2007 Reunion Shows

In October of 2007, House of Large Sizes announced live show dates to take place during the last week of December, 2007. The shows will be in Iowa City, Des Moines, Minneapolis, and Cedar Falls, Iowa. More information can be found at: http://www.houseoflargesizes.net/

The Band Name

""House of Large Sizes" was a chain of clothing stores for plus sizes which operated in the midwest in the 1980s.

In print, the band name is sometimes shortened to HOLS, though in colloquial conversation they are simply known as "House" (eg. "House is playing at Steb's tonight!").

Band Members

Discography

Albums

Singles and EPs

Promotional

Videos

Music video by House Of Large Sizes performing Sox On Spot (1993)

Flyers

Live Shows / Tours

1986

1987

1988

June 10 - Boat House - Cedar Falls - w/Stone Wakening
November 19 - UNI Commons - Cedar Falls - w/Full Fathom Five

1989

January 21 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City
August 25 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City
September 2 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City
December 31 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City

1990

April 21 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City
June 24 - Island Park - Cedar Falls
July 16 - Stebs - Cedar Falls

August 11 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City
September 15 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City
November 3 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City
November 10 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City
December 28 - Stebs - Cedar Falls
December 31 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City

1991

February 9 - Stickman's - Davenport
February 16 - Stebs - Cedar Falls
February 23 - Willy Bear - Madison, WI
April 5 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City
April 6 - Stebs - Cedar Falls
June 22 - Stebs - Cedar Falls

  • June 29 - Sturgis Falls - Cedar Falls

July 14 - Cedar River Festival - Cedar Falls
July 26 - The Boat House - Cedar Falls
July 28 - Uncle Roscoe's - Daveport
October 5 - Shade's - Cedar Rapids
October 12 - Wartburg College - Waverly
September 28 - Uncle Roscoe's - Davenport
November 2 - Stebs - Cedar Falls
December 28 - Stebs - Cedar Falls
December 31 - Uncle Roscoe's - Davenport w/Devastation Wagon

1992

February 8 - Stebs - Cedar Falls
March 13 - Spotlights - Cedar Rapids
April 3 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City
April 10 - Uncle Roscoe's - Davenport
April 12 - Stebs - Cedar Falls
May 30 - Stebs - Cedar Falls
July 12 - Cedar River Festival - Cedar Falls
September 5 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City
September 30 - Stebs - Cedar Falls
November 20 - Stebs - Cedar Falls
December 31 - Stebs - Cedar Falls

1993

March 3 - Big Dog's - Cedar Rapids
June 12 - Stebs - Cedar Falls
July 2 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City
July 3 - Hairy Mary's - Des Moines
August 28 - Stebs - Cedar Falls
October 13 - Stebs - Cedar Falls
December 9 - UNI Maucker Union - Cedar Falls
December 10 Stebs - Cedar Falls

1994

February 7 - Coop Records (Ass Kicking Life Release Party) - Cedar Falls

1995

August 26 - M-Shop (Iowa State University) - Ames
September 2 - Big Dog - Cedar Rapids
September 8 - Stebs - Cedar Falls

2001

4/6 - CD Release Party - 3rd Street Live
4/30 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note w/Frank Black and the Catholics
5/12 - Graceland
12/29 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe's Oasis
12/30 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
12/31 - Cedar Falls, IA - The Reverb

2002

2/8 - Ames, IA - M-Shop
5/4 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe's Oasis
8/31 – Cedar Rapids, IA - Taste Of Cedar Rapids
9/27 – Ames, IA – Maintenance Stop
9/28 – Cedar Falls, IA – The Reverb
10/02 – Lincoln, NE – Duffy's
10/03 – Columbia, MO – Mojo's
10/4 – Kansas City, MO – Hurricane
10/5 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe's
10/10 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
10/11 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry
10/12 – Mankato, MN – What's Up Lounge

2003

4/9 - Chicago, IL - Double Door (w/Bugatti Type 35)
4/10 - Milwaukee, WI - Reed St. Station
4/11 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe's Oasis (w/Bugatti Type 35 & Burn Disco Burn)
4/12 - Mankato, MN - What's Up Lounge (w/Pester)
4/16 - Lincoln, NE - Duffy's Tavern (w/Manplanet)
4/17 - Columbia, MO - Mojo's (w/Manplanet)
4/18 - Rock Island, IL - RIBCO (w/Manplanet, Driver of the Year)
4/19 - Des Moines, IA - Hotel Ft. Des Moines Grand Ballroom (w/Manplanet, Sherman Hillside Stranglers, Pork Liver)
4/24 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club (w/The Dames, Vena Cava)
4/25 - Kansas City, MO - The Hurricane (w/Faux Jean)
4/26 - Cedar Falls, IA - The Reverb (w/Burn Disco Burn

9/19 - Rock Island, IL - RIBCO
9/20 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
9/24 - Madison, WI - Annex
9/25 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
9/26 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
9/27 - Ames, IA - M-Shop
10/3 - Cedar Falls, IA - The Reverb
10/4 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe's Oasis
10/5 - Dubuque, IA - TBA (tentative)
10/9 - Omaha, NE - Ranch Bowl
10/10 - Columbia, MO - Mojo's
10/11 - Kansas City, MO - The Hurricane

2009

June 26 - The Mill - Iowa City w/Petit Mal and Lipstick Homicide
June 27 - Spicoli's - Waterloo w/North of Grand and Petit Mal
July 3 - 80/35 Festival - Des Moines
July 11 - Silver Dollar Cantina - Dubuque w/The Teddy Boys

Media

"This band is the king of the state, having been around the longest and helped establish a music scene here. Just about EVERYONE in town likes them."

External Links

House of Large Sizes MySpace Page
House of Large Sizes Blogspot Page
HOLS Reunion 2007 Site
What Are Records HOLS Page
Ron's House of Large Sizes Page (Fan Site)
HOLS Yahoo Group (Active 1998-2003. Overtaken by Spambots 2004)
Necessary Papers Yahoo Group (Active 2003-2006)
Artist.gifHOLS on MusicBrainz

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