18 Facts About Bryan Harvey


Bryan Harvey was an American musician noted for his fronting role in House of Freaks.

A musician is a person who plays a musical instrument or is musically talented.

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Harvey first gained attention in the early 1980s as singer-guitarist in a power pop band based out of Richmond, Virginia called The Dads.

Power pop is a pop rock music subgenre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American rock music.

Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the United States.

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Popular at East Coast colleges, the band reached the pinnacle of its success in 1984 with the release, on CBS records, of its self-titled album.

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Harvey's subsequent musical career included long-time participation in the indie supergroup Gutterball, which featured former Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn.

The Dream Syndicate is an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California, originally active from 1981 to 1989, and reunited since 2012.


Harvey's most enduring project, however, was House of Freaks, a two-man band with Richmond percussionist Johnny Hott, who had a penchant for banging on anything he could drag into the studio that made the noise he wanted.


House of Freaks was signed to Rhino Records for their first three albums, but had trouble finding a permanent home towards the end of the band's existence, bouncing around from indie to indie.


They played with other groups on occasion, most notably on a couple of tracks with the Norfolk band Waxing Poetics.

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Their debt to the blues was evident from their first album, but they later moved more and more towards the stripped down style of rockabilly bands like the Chickasaw Mudpuppies and the Flat Duo Jets.

Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music, dating back to the early 1950s in the United States, especially the South.

Flat Duo Jets is an American psychobilly band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Athens, Georgia.


However, they were closer in spirit to artists like Tom Waits or Lyle Lovett, exploring in particular the blessing/curse of family and community and their effects on the individual.

Thomas Alan Waits is an American singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and actor.


House of Freaks disbanded in 1995.


Both members were involved with the making of the most recent Gutterball outing, but the rumors say that Hott has left that group as well and been replaced by the drummer for The dB's.

The dB's are an American power pop and jangle pop group who first came into prominence in the late 1970s and 1980s.


Bryan Harvey completed a solo album in early 1997, which remains unreleased.

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Gutterball is still considered to be an open project by the people involved; however, no plans have been made to record new material.


Bryan along with his wife Kathryn Harvey, maternal half-sister of actor Steven Culp, and their two daughters Stella and Ruby on January 1, 2006 were victims of the 2006 Richmond spree murders.

The 2006 Richmond spree murders took place during a seven-day period in January 2006 in and around Richmond, Virginia, United States; seven people, including four members of the Harvey family and three members of the Baskerville-Tucker family, were killed.


Hott had approached the Harvey home in South Richmond in anticipation of a New Year's Day party and discovered that the house was on fire.


Authorities subsequently found the four family members slain in the basement, the result of a home invasion.


In early 2006, a compilation album of Harvey's music, Remember Me Well, was released.

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In 2006 the documentary Crack In The Sidewalk about Harvey and House of Freaks was released, directed by Kris Kristensen.

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