Home Grown


Home Grown was an American rock band formed in 1994 in Orange County, California. They released three full-length albums and several EPs before going on indefinite hiatus in 2005. Their music is often characterized as pop punk, lyrically favoring humor and silly or satirical subjects.

Band History


Home Grown formed in Orange County in 1994. The original recording lineup of the band consisted of John "John E. Trash" Tran on guitar and vocals, Adam "Adumb" Lohrbach on bass and vocals, Ian "Slur" Cone on guitar and backing vocals, and Bob Herco on drums. The quartet began experimenting with elements of punk rock, pop, surf and skate music, and humorous lyrics to craft their sound. They released their first album That's Business the following year through Liberation Records. Though rudimentary, the album established the band's presence in the prolific southern California music scene of the 1990s and included several songs that would become fan favorites, such as "Surfer Girl" and "Face in the Crowd." The band played many shows in southern California and embarked on some of their first tours. In 1996 the EP Wusappaning?! was released by Swedish label Burning Heart Records.

Act Your Age

The band signed to major label Outpost Recordings and released their second album Act Your Age in 1998. It increased their popularity and they toured extensively in support of it. Cone left the band shortly after and was replaced by Justin Poyser. This lineup released EP Phone Home in 1999. Later that year they toured with the band Limbeck, which whom they recorded a split EP called Connection.

Lineup changes

In 2000 Home Grown experienced significant lineup changes. Herco was forced to leave the group in order to undergo surgery and rehabilitation for a brain tumor. Poyser also left the band, leaving them without a second guitar player. Lohrbach and Tran recruited Darren Reynolds from the band Longfellow as their new drummer, and spent some time searching for a suitable second guitarist. In addition, their label Outpost folded and the band were without a recording contract. Eventually the band decided to continue on as a trio without a second guitarist, and signed to independent label Drive-Thru Records.

Kings of Pop

In 2002 the band released Kings of Pop, their third album which gained them nationwide recognition. Shortly after its release they added second guitarist Dan Hammond and filmed music videos for the songs "You're Not Alone" and "Kiss Me, Diss Me." They performed on the Drive-Thru stage on the Warped Tour and toured extensively in support of the album. In 2004 they released the EP When it All Comes Down, a more mature effort that abandoned the humorous topics of their previous releases in favor of more emotional subject matter.

Indefinite hiatus

In February 2005 Lohrbach left Home Grown to join the band New Years Day. The band continued on without him for a time, playing live shows with guest bassist Ted Vega. Eventually, however, the members drifted on to other projects. Tran started the band Red Panda with Bill Uechi of Save Ferris, Hammond joined Paper Models, and Reynolds started Defender. In 2006 Home Grown's official website went down and their MySpace profile announced that they were on "indefinite hiatus." The band has not played together or recorded since October 2005.

Band Members

Home Grown lineups
(only official members listed)
(1994 - 1999)
That's Business
''Act Your Age
  • John Tran - guitar, lead vocals
  • Adam Lohrbach - bass, lead vocals
  • Ian Cone - guitar, backing vocals
  • Bob Herco - drums

(1999 - 2000)
EP Phone Home
  • John Tran - guitar, lead vocals
  • Adam Lohrbach - bass, lead vocals
  • Justin Poyser - guitar, backing vocals
  • Bob Herco - drums

(2000 - 2002)
Kings of Pop
  • John Tran - guitar, lead vocals
  • Adam Lohrbach - bass, lead vocals
  • Darren Reynolds - drums

(2002 - 2005)
When it All Comes Down
  • John Tran - guitar, lead vocals
  • Adam Lohrbach - bass, lead vocals
  • Dan Hammond - guitar, backing vocals
  • Darren Reynolds - drums

live shows only
  • John Tran - guitar, lead vocals
  • Dan Hammond - guitar, backing vocals
  • Ted Vega - bass
  • Darren Reynolds - drums

  • John Tran (aka John E. Trash) - guitar, lead vocals (1994 - 2005)
  • Adam "Adumb" Lohrbach - bass, lead vocals (1994 - 2005)
  • Ian "Slur" Cone - guitar, backing vocals (1994 - 1999)
  • Bob Herco - drums (1994 - 2000)
  • Justin Poyser - guitar, backing vocals (1999 - 2000)
  • Darren Reynolds - drums (2000 - 2005)
  • Dan Hammond - guitar (2002 - 2005)
  • Ted Vega - bass (2005)



Year Title Label Format Other information
1995 That's Business Liberation Records CD/LP First album.
1998 Act Your Age Outpost Recordings CD Last album with guitarist Ian Cone and drummer Bob Herco.
2002 Kings of Pop Drive-Thru Records CD/LP Final album. First with drummer Darren Reynolds. Only release as a trio.

EPs & 7" vinyl

Year Title Label Format Other information
1994 Smoking is Cool 7" vinyl First release. Out of print.
1996 Wusappaning?! Burning Heart/Grilled Cheese EP Grilled Cheese exclusive of the North American release of Burning Heart"s European EP.
1999 EP Phone Home Outpost Recordings EP First release with guitarist Justin Poyser.
2000 Connection Utility Records EP Split with Limbeck. Last release with guitarist Justin Poyser and drummer Bob Herco.
2004 When it All Comes Down Drive-Thru Records EP Final release. Only release with guitarist Dan Hammond.

Non-album tracks

Year Album/Source Label Song(s) Other information
1996 Punk Bites Fearless Records "Will You Dance With Me"
1997 Take Warning: The Songs of Operation Ivy Glue Factory Records "Bombshell" Originally performed by Operation Ivy.
1997 The Duran Duran Tribute Album Mojo Records "Planet Earth" Originally performed by Duran Duran.
2000 Sleighed: The Other Side of Christmas Hip-O Records "Christmas Crush"
2001 Welcome to the Family Drive-Thru Records "Give it Up" (demo), "You're Not Alone" (demo) Demo versions for Kings of Pop.
2001 Living Tomorrow Today: A Benefit for Ty Cambra Asian Man Records "I Love You, Not" (demo) Demo version for Kings of Pop.
2002 Limited tour single Drive-Thru Records "I Want More" (demo) Outtake from Kings of Pop sessions. Pre-release teaser, also includes 2 album tracks.
2002 "You're Not Alone" UK CD and 7" vinyl singles Eat Sleep Records "Break Me Down", "Hope Sinks"
2004 Happy Holidays from Drive-Thru Records Drive-Thru Records "Feliz Navidad"


Music videos

Year Title Album Other information
1998 "Surfer Girl" Act Your Age
2002 "You're Not Alone" Kings of Pop
2002 "Kiss Me, Diss Me" Kings of Pop
2003 "I Love You, Not" Kings of Pop
2004 "Feliz Navidad" Happy Holidays from Drive-Thru Records

Chart positions

Year Album Billboard 200
2002 Kings of Pop 189


External links

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