Ever since The Replacements and Husker Du, Minnesota hasn’t been a state known well for punk or hardcore. That said, two young bands are likely to change that — and in their own diverse ways. Hinting at 2000s post-hardcore, Household and Infinite Me have stylized their performances with echoing and exhilarating emo tendencies on their new split EP. From the former’s As Cities Burn influence and the latter’s new wave grunge reminiscent of Basement and Citizen, it’s obvious these North Star State denizens possess high potential. They present their sounds in crushing, all-encompassing waves on the six-track split, due out this Friday through Blood & Ink Records.
Household had their beginnings in hardcore punk, but they’ve since hinged more on melody. While the elements of both hardcore and punk both remain in their new identity, they now also share elements with a range of Tooth & Nail Records artists, from ACB to Emery. The first of a three-part, nine-minute epic, “Distant Truth (Part One)” finds the band moving at a brisk pace with resounding instrumentation at the forefront. Singer Joshua Gilbert carries the weight of the song’s emotions, and his liberating approach reminds of My Epic’s Aaron Stone. His shift from a rough yell to a cleaner delivery results from past vocal issues, but it seamlessly matches up with the dense lyrical theme of heartbreak in the opener.
The outfit travels a similar path on “Distant Truth (Part Two)” and “Distant Truth (Part Three)”. The musicians move out of their comfort zone sonically, yet they find contentment behind the mood set by Gilbert’s reverberating croons. The former relies on a sturdy punk riff, while the latter is more a mix of post-rock and post-hardcore. The nine minutes take a while to get to the point, but the emo-centric trio of tracks culminates in a crash of guitar and drums in the final part. Like Household, Infinite Me also focus heavily on their compositions, assuring the listener won’t get bored of their indie rock/post-hardcore dynamic.
This band’s three songs are a bit more potent, as they effectively utilizes multi-front emotional power similar to Balance and Composure. “Follow You” is the most interesting song of the six on the split, with its whistling guitar line setting the stage for a musical bombardment throughout. Layered with polish, the vocals again coast due to the frontman’s spirited delivery, and it assures a smooth transition between the two bands and a shared overall vibe. Following the energetic rocker, “When You Leave” is the most heavily felt offering on the disc. The slow-moving closer is a welcome foil to the previous track — even if the members somewhat excessively wear their influences on their sleeves.
Through their combinations of indie rock, post-hardcore, emo, and punk, Household and Infinite Me Both showcase immense progressions and immersive sounds on their upcoming split. While they’re still navigating their genres with persistent influences, they’re budding in beautiful ways — and that’s a good sign for the future of emo. The split EP is hopefully a sign of things to come, and it makes me wonder where these Minnesota natives will go next.
Emo/Post-Hardcore | Blood & Ink Records