First/Last-Household Stories

December 8, 2012

Household Stories writes original music that is painstakingly crafted with the utmost care. Their indie/rock songs resonate from a unique three piece arrangement that is bound to challenge big sound and feeling.

Check out the Greensburg based indie trio on Facebook, Bandcamp, PureVolume and ReverbNation. They have recently arrived on my musical radar with their unassuming ‘120 Minutes-retro vibe’ (whatever that means) and have quickly become one of my favorite local bands. They open the show tonight at Stage AE tonight on a bill with Falling Andes and Mad Rapture. My thanks to Jon Majiros (Guitar, Vocals), Matt Zeoli (Guitar, Vocals) and Frank Hebda (Drums) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Jon Majiros: I bought Nada Surf’s “High/Low” when I was 9.
  • Matt Zeoli: The first albums I bought were ordered from BMG Music, they included Weezer’s “Blue Album” and “The Crow” Soundtrack.
  • Frank Hebda: As far as I can remember it was Dead Kennedy’s “Fresh Fruit for Rotten Vegetables”.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Jon: Goldenboy’s “Sleepwalker”.
  • Matt: Now Now’s “Threads”.
  • Frank: Manchester Orchestra’s “Simple Math”.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Jon: It is hard to pinpoint an album to say it is “the best” yet for all intents and purposes, The Cure’s “Disintegration”.
  • Matt: Weezer’s “Pinkerton” or “Seven More Minutes” by the Rentals.
  • Frank: The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Gish”.
  • Least favorite/ most disappointing album?
  • We really can’t say we have a least favorite album. We only try to buy music that relates to our tastes and likes.
  • First concert attended?
  • Jon: Dave Matthews Band at Darien Center in upstate New York.
  • Matt: The Juliana Theory and The Movie Life at Club Laga.
  • Frank: Tool’s ‘Ten Thousand Days’ tour in Youngstown, OH.
  • Last concert?
  • Jon: (that Household Stories did not play in) was Farewell Continental (headed by Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack) and Gold Motel at Club Café in Pittsburgh’s Southside.
  • Matt: I recently saw Motion City Soundtrack along with Jukebox the Ghost at Mr. Smalls.
  • Frank: Young the Giant/Apache Relay at Stage AE.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Jon: Manchester Orchestra at Mr. Smalls in 2010. Along with MO, other bands that have recently broken through opened the show. For instance, O’Brother, Biffy Clyro, and The Features.
  • Matt: A toss-up between Nada Surf and OZMA at Rosebud in the Strip District and Death Cab for Cutie and Ben Kweller at Club Laga.
  • Frank: I have played more shows than I have been to. Along those lines, Goldenboy, Household Stories and Cold Weather at the Brillobox.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Jon: Hootie and the Blowfish in Detroit.
  • Matt:Unable to recount a “bad” concert.
  • Frank: Anything that would sound flagrantly Emo.
  • Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • Pittsburgh’s music scene is highly underrated in the midst of other cities. Many of the bands end up on our playlists (For example: The Color Fleet, 1,2,3, Blue of Colors, White Wives – to name a few) and wind up on repeat. Each venue is unique and adds its own flavor. All the bands we have played with from around North America have always said they love Pittsburgh and plan to come back next time around.

Thanks, guys. Really looking forward to the show tonight.