With or Without

by Household

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Minneapolis, Minnesota has long been home to a punk/hardcore scene that marches to a beat all it’s own. Among the newest wave of bands keeping this spirit alive is five-piece melodic hardcore outfit HOUSEHOLD. Despite the members just recently finishing high school, they have consistently created music that has been impossible to ignore. While comparisons to Killing The Dream, Shai Hulud, and Sinking Ships are often made, it’s evident HOUSEHOLD are willing to defy convention and craft truly unique songs showcasing a sound all their own.

Now teamed with Blood & Ink Records (who also worked with Minnesota hardcore luminaries Venia), HOUSEHOLD have prepared their first proper release, an EP entitled “With or Without”. The effort demonstrates the band’s creativity and masterful songwriting, while staying true to the lexicon of melodic hardcore they find so inspiring. This young band is making a statement: they’re worth your attention and have just scratched the surface of what they can do.

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released September 30, 2014

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Track Name: Understanding
Shut down every thought that wasn't true
Every lie that wasn't you
I dive into this book
"but boy, will you heed my words?"

Reflect, Rethink, Restore
Set me straight
confuse my language

I pray this is not just another day
I pray that you remember

Brick castles and skyscrapers both towering high
will I take what I've read?
will I let it apply?
and as Babel has fallen, I too am beaten by pride
Will I read with courage to be led by the light?

Freedom flies in those pages
Freedom lies in his face

Listen

The darkness around me brings me down
but the light inside my give me consistency

'therefore my dear brothers, stand firm. let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord cause you know that your labor is not in vain.'
Track Name: Discretion
I feel greedy for ever believing A faith of comfort and certainty? I’m guaranteed lifelong future, if you please
Is this all for peace of mind? Is this all just to keep me quiet?
This place holds a cross over head Have I learned to trust the wood or the man held by it?
Where are the free ones? What is your true love?
And just like that all confused and lost I’m stuck between two roads that will cost me
May my thoughts motivate my bones May my veins pulsate with every breath that I own
This is not my desire Blinded or shallow, call it what you need I’m running towards clarity
Hold your faith up to the light Find it true, hold it tight
Trust yourself with inward questions Test your doubt, turn and fight
He’s guided my feet thus far.
Track Name: Reservoir
Be Honest, Kind, and True

These three I too see as a value

Hollow times beg for fulfillment



I will make good

That's what we tell ourselves

Its been a long while

A waste of time

Our passion's gone sour



Is it hard to find the words to get you by and not feel guilty

Pass by Pass by

Those words scream from inside

Have i never let the might of God transform and flow?

Kindness truly comes when the Spirit takes hold



I can't live in the past where I've neglected grace

I look forward to the times

Unity I'll embrace

We are a family

Bonded by the truth in our hearts

Steadfast we run so far



I have been set free

Peace belongs to me



Ignoring every lie

Look me in the eyes



Be Honest, Be Kind, Be True



I won't go back



This peace will last forever.
Track Name: Trials
This moment. This time. Make it anew, oh God carry me through trials. And I know that every minuet lacking movement is meaningless. And I can't afford those anymore because my past has been pardoned and my future is assured. Tear down these walls. Tear down these towers of pride. I'm sorry, just carry me. So, I glide on that grace like a majestic ship coasting on open water. My gaze held straight not willing to alter. Silver and gold all amounts to nothing compared to the warmth of your arms. And I swear tonight will be a night I decide to be on your side. This time's not mine. Oh God, grant me passion to pursue love. Trials. These therapeutic sessions with you, oh they're eating up my life. And spitting out Love, Joy, Peace from on the inside. I will not conform to those patterns. In fact, you can have it all. Take the world but give me Jesus Christ.
Track Name: Value
Look at each other Value Bring back value Handcrafted, you and I held together with our makers touch She was never meant to be objectified. My eyes are open wide Bring back Value
Value.
Track Name: Purpose
Turn an ear and listen
Hope dwells in the story being told
It's about a broken man
And a stolen glory
nothing cannot be undone
Every seed given season to redeem and restart
hope still grows inside of us

But I've failed and failed again
You still lift me up
Day after day and through the years I have a reason to fall back into Your arms
God brings Purpose to this struggle of mine

That's just not me
Full cup - steady hand
and with my pride aside
you can't have my joy

You've salvaged what I stole and traded for treasure
'X' marks the spot - My heart is Yours

Please understand, I'm just a kid spitting out my Father's words

Jewels
Let's talk about jewels
Jewels, Your words a greater than jewels in my hands

Perfect love casts out fear
Perfect love, draw me near

Bind them to your heart
Tie them around your neck
Track Name: Unearned
And I've slept for far too long Neglecting everything you brought me Stagnant bones How many times must I forget truth? Finally, something to hold onto I have hope that my actions will not be of my skin That I will find true strength within Spirit and Truth will shape my life Have my mind
But If didn’t blossom, would I question my palms? A working man can only earn what's done with skin and blood? In a search for rest I've misplaced my trust For my hands still shake Hands shake
Only you can release me from myself Take what is not of you and spit it out Bury me bones and all If it dares to tear what’s between us, kill it
I stay consistent. Christ so sufficient
I lose consistency. Christ still sufficient for me
Hail to the king cause he loved me first and screw the world cause it taste like dirt I don’t need your lies How many times must I forget truth? Finally, something to hold onto
You.