It’s no surprise that HOLLER HOUSE and BUSEY, two of Minneapolis’s noisiest post-punk bands, have conspired to release a split EP together. However, it’s not what these bands have in common—the blistering chords and throbbing drums, the vocals like pained howls piercing the night—but their subtle disparities that make the split exciting. HOLLER HOUSE, who recently released a split with another Minneapolis band (Technician in 2018) sounds tighter than ever. Today, we ‘re teaming up with Jetsam-Flotsam label to give you the first listen of HOLLER HOUSE’s “Running” and get you stoked about this cool new release. Check out its noisy, post punk infused vibe and scroll down to see their special commentary about their local scene in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Songs like “Running“ and “Ache,” though searing and furious, punch closer, harder. Even “Hammers,” shows a band expanding its sound, using a sort “spoken word” approach above the belligerent beat.
On the heels of their 2019 “Good Boy” single, Busey’s side of the split is as wild and reckless as ever. “Yellow Tail” gallops around taking swings at whatever comes close enough while “Lazy Sunday” seethes, waiting for the right moment to detonate. Though these bands have plenty in common, their split EP presents a spectrum of aggression that spotlights what’s exciting about Minneapolis’s indie music scene.
Comments the band:
“Running” felt like the hardest song we ever wrote. We are pretty decent at writing riffs and putting pieces together, but it felt that this song required a different type of edge and attack and structure that we went in circles rounding out. It took months of rewriting and rewriting. It was dumb. But somehow, we finalized before a brief tour and it sort of re-energized our set. Lyrically the song is basically about not getting complacent with your routine, your job, your patterns. We’re pleading with the listener not to embrace these things and literally, ‘turn around and run’ from them.
𝑀𝑖𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑎𝑝𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑠 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑠𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑒
The Minneapolis ‘scene’, like most cities is comprised of many smaller subsets of scenes, is as creative and bubbling with talent as ever. We’re constantly blown away when we discover and hear new local bands, they’re always so good. Minneapolis has been and is currently a hotbed of amazing bands that live below the national radar. The combination of the ‘flyover state’ chip on our shoulder, the plethora of liberal colleges, and constant influx of transplants from other states keeps the Twin Cities’ sound fresh.
We personally have been inspired by the style and swagger of some of the noisy bands and labels in town working their asses off and earning their reputation, like Buildings, Tongue Party, Self Evident, Learning Curve Records, AmRep…that shit is instrumental to our city’s sound.
After playing in bands in Minneapolis for over 15 years it’s hard to keep up with everything that is happening but we actually kind of try. The internet really helps listeners dip into what happening, whether you live here or not. We highly suggest readers look up, UnderCurrentMPLS, and check out a lot of our local bands. Since having families and children we don’t get out nearly as much as we did in our younger years and that has its side-effects as far as a band’s relationship with its local scene. Minneapolis also lost a couple of our favorite haunts and places to play (R.I.P. Triple Rock and Grumpys). However, this also lends itself to touring, we’ve met a lot of friends in other cities.