After digging through World War II documentaries for inspiration last time out, the members of Columbus rock band House of Heroes didn't have to look far to fuel the concepts behind "Suburba," their latest pop-rock opus, to be celebrated Saturday with an early show at Skully's.

After digging through World War II documentaries for inspiration last time out, the members of Columbus rock band House of Heroes didn't have to look far to fuel the concepts behind "Suburba," their latest pop-rock opus, to be celebrated Saturday with an early show at Skully's.

"It's definitely got a very heavy youthful theme to it in the vein of Bruce Springsteen about growing up in middle-class, small-town America and having big dreams," frontman Tim Skipper said. "You embrace the reality that nothing works out quite the way you want it to in life, and you just have to be OK with that."

These guys know a little bit about that. A decade ago, when they signed their first record deal as teens under the name No Tagbacks, they figured they were set for life. Although House of Heroes has developed a small but fervent fan base, particularly in the Christian rock community, life hasn't played out according to Skipper's adolescent rock 'n' roll fantasies.

"I'm 28 years old, living month to month, still single," Skipper said. "Things just didn't turn out that way, and I'm 100 percent OK with that."

Skipper and his bandmates were inspired by Springsteen, The Who and even Meat Loaf, but the closest comparison point for "Suburba" is Green Day's "American Idiot," a similarly ambitious statement record that sneakily weaves epic movements into an exceptionally accessible framework.

It's a natural evolution for a band that's been gradually getting grander album by album, a listen primed to challenge House of Heroes' devotees.

"The thing that has kept us going is that there is a small group of people that when we talk to them, they are genuinely affected by our music and inspired," Skipper said. "That's always been the goal anyway, whether we knew it or not, is just to inspire people."