House of Broken Promises arose from the ashes of Unida -- the once highly touted stoner rock powerhouse led by vocalist John Garcia, post-Kyuss -- whose would-be second album became entangled in major-label intrigue and red tape, and never (officially) saw the light of day. So when the journeyman singer took his golden pipes elsewhere in 2007, the remaining trio of guitarist Arthur Seay, bassist Eddie Plasciencia (who had recently taken over for another departed Kyuss alum, Scott Reeder), and drummer Mike Cancino decided to start again from scratch. They briefly worked with vocalist Michael Keeth but realized that Plasciencia could handle the microphone just as well, so after testing new material in and around their home base of Indio, CA, the power trio signed with Michigan's Small Stone for the release of its 2009 debut album, Using the Useless.
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