PREMIERE: Household’s “Wistern” is a slab of hardcore punk that’s aggressive and progressive

photo: Heather Vaught

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Household specializes in a type of hardcore punk that is both aggressive and progressive—some easy sonic signposts might be Such Gold (musically) and the Story So Far (vocally). But Household isn’t merely imitating their peers: The quintet’s new album, the Jay Maas-produced Time Spent, is a huge leap forward for the band, with heartfelt lyrics atop winding melodies and clever arrangements—just take one listen to their brand new song, “Wistern,” for proof. Frontman Josh Gilbert elaborates:

“‘Time Spent’ is a whole new sound for us. We’ve changed in a lot of new ways and ‘Wistern’ is the foundation of that. It sets up not only our new musical approach, but it also prefaces the album’s theme of searching and asking questions. The song opens up the idea that we’re all just people trying to understand life and the difficulties that it can bring.”

Time Spent comes out September 25 via Blood & Ink Records and can be pre-ordered here.