House of Large Sizes

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Overview

House of Large Sizes were a big part of the Iowa and Upper Midwest scene touring non-stop regional and nationally. The band was formed in Cedar Falls, Iowa in the 1980s.

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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House of Large Sizes was formed in 1986 by Dave Deibler - Vocals/Guitar, Barb Schilf - Vocals/Guitar and Dave Berg - Drums in Cedar Falls, Ia. They gig around the Iowa a number of years and slowly became a stable at regional venues such as Hairy Mary's in Des Moines, 7th Street Entry In Minneapollis, Gabe's in Iowa City and their home town stomping grounds Steb's. Known for their high energy stage shows and a mix of hard rock and punk they gained a following as the band to see from Iowa. They have completed a number of national tours and even a few over seas. With 24 releases under their belts, a number of compilations appearances and a few under the flag of Red Decibel/Columbia, they will always be a stronge fouce in the Northeastern Iowa music scene.

I hope to clear up a lot of this in the future but here is either what I remember(not always the best source) or have found. They were named after a regional clothing store by the same name that cattered to over wqeight women. Dave and Barb are married and have been for a number of years. I'm not sure when they tied the knot though. I think it is safe to say that they are the heart of the band and always will be. 


Some where around 96 or 97, the orginal drummer Dave Berg took a break from the band. I'm not sure if this was only on the road or completely because I heard he is back in the band and appeared on a number of the records recorded after he left. Though these may have been older recordings. There was a number of replacement Drummers including: Mark Munn, John Ganser, Jason Hastie, and Brent Hanson that either toured with them or played on records.

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Information from the Sceret History of Cedar Valley Wiki - http://www.thesecrethistory.org/

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.

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!"'').

Live Shows & Tours


  • 1986
    •  9/26 - Dean's Parkade Lounge - w/Pussy Galore
    •  10/16 - Dean's Parkade Lounge - w/Primitive Ritual, Crock of Dookey
    •  11/5 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City - w/Horny Genius and Drednex
    •  11/9 - Dean's Parkade Lounge - w/Plan 9
  • 1987
    •  Feb. 21 - The Wesley Foundation - Cedar Falls - w/Crock of Dookey
    •  April 11 - The Wesley Foundation - Cedar Falls - w/Primitive Ritual, Crock of Dookey, Bill Somber
    •  July 31 - The Wesley Foundation]] - Cedar Falls - w/Psychotrash, Rin Tin TIn, Dead Souls, The Dudes?
  • 1988
    •  March 4 - The Wesley Foundation - Cedar Falls - w/Psychotrash
  • 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 - Gabes 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 - Gabes 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 – Duffys
    •  10/03 – Columbia, MO – Mojos
    •  10/4 – Kansas City, MO – Hurricane
    •  10/5 – Iowa City, IA – Gabes Oasis
    •  10/10 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
    •  10/11 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
    •  10/12 – Mankato, MN – Whats 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 - Whats Up Lounge (w/Pester)
    •  4/16 - Lincoln, NE - Duffys Tavern (w/Manplanet)
    •  4/17 - Columbia, MO - Mojos (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 - Maintenance Stop
    •  10/3 - Cedar Falls, IA - The Reverb
    •  10/4 - Iowa City, IA - Gabes Oasis
    •  10/5 - Dubuque, IA - TBA (tentative)
    •  10/9 - Omaha, NE - Ranch Bowl
    •  10/10 - Columbia, MO -  Mojos
    •  10/11 - Kansas City, MO - The Hurricane

 

From the Secret History of Cedar Valley - http://thesecrethistory.org
 
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!").
Members:
Members: 

 

Memories, Stories and Lore
Memories, Stories and Lore: 

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Discography
Discography: 
  • Demos & Tapes:
    • Demo Cassette: Self Released Release: January, 1987
    • Tracks:
      1. 1-1/2 On A Hill
      2. They Say, Man Overboard!
      3. I Know What I Like
      4. I'm Hungry
      5. Rid Myself 
      6. Flying
      •  Players:
        • Dave Deibler - Guitar/Vocals,
        • Barb Schilf - Bass/Vocals
        • Dave Berg - Drums/Vocals
    • Promotional Cassette: From What Are Records? - 1997 What Are Records?
      • ​Tracks -
        1. Cranko-American
        2. They Made Me A Criminal
      • Players:
        • Dave Deibler - Guitar/Vocals
        • Barb Schilf - Bass/Vocals
        • Mark Munn - Drums/Vocals
Gallery
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Video
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HOLS "Lazy", "Fingernail", "They Made Me A Criminal"
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House of Large Sizes - "Lazy", "Fingernail", "They Made Me A Criminal"
Legendary Iowa band House of Large Sizes took time out during their Spring 2000 West Coast Tour to appear on TV in Seattle on 29 Live ep #149, 5/7/2000. They rocked the house the night before at the Breakroom, and rocked just as hard for this show, despite being riddled by an intermittent stage monitor cable and a fussy guitar cord.
http://www.whalebonepro.com
http://www.whatarerecords.com/hols/bio.html
http://www.myspace.com/houseoflargesizes
http://www.myspace.com/dullfacerobsterboy
DVD available at:
http://www.whalebonepro.com/store (more)

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House of Large Sizes 1990 Fire/Moof-Kash-Ka/What is Time?
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Iowa legends House of Large Sizes play "What if There's a Fire", "Moof-Kash-Ka" and "What is Time", February 16, 1990 at the Cedar Falls Public Library. Dave Deibler (Guitar, Vocals) Barb Schilf (Bass, Vocals) and Dave Berg (Drums, Vocals)

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HOLS "I Have My Doubts", "Two-Liter Man", "Eisonhower"
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House of Large Sizes - "I Have My Doubts", "Two-Liter Man", "Eisonhower"
Legendary Iowa band House of Large Sizes took time out during their Spring 2000 West Coast Tour to appear on TV in Seattle on 29 Live ep #149, 5/7/2000. They rocked the house the night before at the Breakroom, and rocked just as hard for this show, despite being riddled by an intermittent stage monitor cable and a fussy guitar cord.
http://www.whalebonepro.com
http://www.whatarerecords.com/hols/bio.html
http://www.myspace.com/houseoflargesizes
http://www.myspace.com/dullfacerobsterboy
DVD available at:
http://www.whalebonepro.com/store (more)

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House of LARGE Sizes 2001
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@Hry Mry's - Opening for Frank Black

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Two-Liter Man (House of Large Sizes)
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The Citizen Kane of music videos from defunct Cedar Falls, Iowa indy bands. If you went to the University of Northern Iowa in the late 80's and hung out at Steb's Amusement and the Blackhawk Hotel, this may be your musical nostalgia heroin...

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ccarmean 16
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House of Large Sizes

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Contact Information
Contact : 

http://www.thesecrethistory.org/index.php/House_of_Large_Sizes - HOLS on the Secret Wiki

http://www.houseoflargesizes.net/ - HOLS Reunion 2007 Site

http://www.whatarerecords.com/hols - What Are Records HOLS Page

http://www.retunedmusic.com/holsfan/ - Ron's House of Large Sizes Page (Fan Site)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/holsfans/ - HOLS Yahoo Group] (Active 1998-2003. Overtaken by Spambots 2004)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/necessarypapers - Necessary Papers Yahoo Group (Active 2003-2006)

Sources
Sources: 

http://www.thesecrethistory.org/index.php/House_of_Large_Sizes - HOLS on the Secret Wiki

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