Published Apr 30, 2009I'm gonna plead ignorance and just admit that off the top of my head, I can only really think of four bands from Minneapolis, and they're the obvious defunct ones: Hüsker Dü, Soul Asylum, Babes in Toyland and the Replacements. I'm so old, I guess - a Google search makes me slap my head when I remember Tapes 'n Tapes, but I'm fine with forgetting Semisonic and not knowing Motion City Soundtrack). I'm elated to discover Haunted House, a band not only from Minneapolis but also that gives me the feeling that I'm gonna be following them around for the rest of the year.
My number one reason for such dedication isn't that they have two drummers (reason number five) or that they use those "everyman" keyboards that made Springsteen a hero to zillions (reason number three) or even that their music has a creeping ambience that reinforces that awesome name of theirs (reason number four). No, I love these guys because they've got three albums set for release in 2009 (reason number one) and they're titled shit like Ravage Through The Bum's Hair (reason number two), Lesh Is More and Guess Who's Not Coming To Dinner?. They've played some gigs with the likes of No Age, Ariel Pink, Dirty Projectors and Titus Andronicus, which is such a pointless thing to point out but they seem to share traits with all of those bands, which if you combine them makes for a pretty sweet hybrid, don't you think?
You can check out more at the band's Virb page.
Haunted House "Sierra Trail"
Haunted House "Chandaliers"
Haunted House "Hooker's Imagination"