Official press release:
With a new year ahead and a new label at their side, Minneapolis natives Household are thrilled to announce their forthcoming album Everything A River Should Be, out February 23rd, 2018 via Equal Vision Records. Fans can get a taste of the band’s “earnest, sprawling take on punk-influenced emo sounds” (Alternative Press) by watching their new video “Don’t Listen To Me”. For more information or to pre-order the record, please visit: Household.MerchNOW.com.
Vocalist/bassist Joshua Gilbert admits:
“This is a pretty defining record for us. We’ve been a hardcore band for a while and this is our first transition into more of this rock/emo that we’re doing. Writing a record like this felt more true to who I am as an individual but also who our band is.”
As it turns out, Everything A River Should Be is a record that redefines who and what – and even why – the Minneapolis trio are. Anybody familiar with the music the band – vocalist and bassist Joshua Gilbert, drummer Matthew Anthony, and guitarist Nathanael Olsen – made before will immediately hear the shift in sound of these 11 songs. While the urgency and sincerity of the raw and visceral post-hardcore they began life making remains, Everything A River Should Be is a collection of dense, dark and brooding songs full of a tense, glowering atmosphere.
Lyrically, too, the album – which was recorded over the course of a month by Nate Washburn at Atlanta’s Glow In The Dark Studios – marks a change in approach. Not only is this the first time the band have really had any production on a recording, but Gilbert says he has never written from the heart so much or presented so much of himself – and his emotions and fears and insecurities – within his songs. He says:
“The songs touch on some close-to-home feelings for me. It’s much more of a personal expression of my own emotions – it’s not so much a declarative thing, as some of our music has been in the past. It’s more personal and vulnerable in a lot of ways.”
Everything A River Should Be track listing:
2. “It’s Easy To Feel Rotten”
3. “Dark Matter”
4. “Don’t Listen To Me”
6. “Far From Me”
7. “Scared To Be”
9. “Shore Slipper”
10. “Safe World”