Split (with Technician)
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Despite its status as one of the Great Midwestern Cities, Minneapolis’s independent music scene is tight-knit and intimate, even spanning sounds and styles.
Take Holler House and Technician—two Minnesota rock bands that lean in different directions. It almost seems impossible that Holler House—with its grimy, relentless chords, its heaving beat and dubious melodies—could come from the same scene as Technician, let alone share a stage with a band who controls their attack with such precision, its sheer chords tugging the melody this way and that before unrolling lush swaths of harmony. But these bands, like so many in the Twin Cities, are irreversibly tied—sharing bills, sure, but also previous bands and side projects, professions and passions, babysitters and holiday dinners.
It’s no wonder that, on the heels of their respective 2016 debuts, Holler House and Technician agreed to record a split together. Though each side captures their unique angles of attack—Holler House’s cryptic dissonance and hypnotic power, Technican’s ‘90s worship, complete with jagged melodies and vigorous agility—both sides share a tenacity, the sort of intensity that rattles windows and shakes smirks onto faces.
The collaboration celebrates what’s wonderful about punk-rock in the Twin Cities: A unity of both cause and commitment, an interconnectivity that fosters creativity, a passion that supersedes labels and aesthetics, spans sounds and styles.
Holler House is...
Garth Blomberg: Guitar, Vox
Alan Erbach: Bass, Vox
Tony Spaaij: Guitar
Mike Novak: Drums