The House Floor

The House Floor

BandAlternativePunk

What people will be listening to for the next 20 years.

Biography

We’re committed to doing things differently. Starting with our Brooklyn–based, non-profit label, Sound/Friends (http://www.soundfriends.org), we aim to bypass the standard profit-based industry format by creating and releasing music in the pursuit of positive, community-based change (Project #1: http://www.pielab.org). We’re a family of friends, not egos. Everyone involved contributes to releasing the records. We love what we do.

Since our first release in 2006 a series of events steered our lineup and writing in a new direction. Our debut full-length album, entitled "Warship", is out now and available for free download on our website or as a double-LP.

Alex (also known as ALL FOX released a 7" split this year - 2009 - with Kristofer Astrom, the singer from Swedish band, FIRESIDE) met Peter and Ryan in university and have been best friends since. We live in a loft in Bushwick, sleeping in bunk beds under a cave-like build-out to afford the cost-of-living here---a price we're more than willing to pay to be immersed in the creative energy here.

We made a weighty record with "Warship", but we believe in it so much. We truly appreciate you giving us a listen and a chance.

Love,
The House Floor

Lyrics

Tyrants!

Written By: Alex Tschan

stepped out into the woods that have held up the sky, at least for those of a limited mind.. but i'm pleased to say i keep tabs on mine... so it's expanding all the time...
i see so many beautiful colors!

the borderlines are meant not to be crossed
unless you're down for a war...
every cell is a metal tank!
it's something i've become... no, you are not wrong.

yes? no? maybe...
i don't care. it just takes so much to abstain
and the more i try... the more i find which habits i can't trade
just can't get that fifth column to go straight...
the borderlines tell you where you should stay
but mine just grow everyday....

i ate all the seeds, & planted the apples in the ground
man tried to tell me... it works the other way around
i said, 'i don't know, cause i hit stop but still hear sound
tried to just move on, but my roots were firm. my time was now.

i was a child, and i was under the whip, and a dark master barked out "have a nice trip?"
looked at the walls.. i couldn't look at the walls... cause if you look at the walls, they start to close in! (AHHHHHH!)

ooo, i do better now
i'm figurin' it out
how much i can take...
'til my head-nods turn to sha sha sha sha-shakes!
oh, my .. dedication....

oh, i made up a bed if you wanted to stay
it's dark outside..and it will be for days
why doesn't everybody always think this way?
it was a good try... all the rest will be ok...
why doesn't everybody always think this way?
doesn't anybody ever think this way??????
doesn't everybody always think this way???

Christian Friends

Written By: Alex Tschan

i wanted to go, too
i wanted to go with you
but i cannot go with you 'cause...
we know two different truths (uh oh)
the question mark or the pew (uh oh)
the living with what you lose...

so, will you shake me when the sordid thoughts over take me?
oh, the open-mind doth forsake thee!
can you help me fill it back in? (uh oh)
show me the proper ways one should sin (uh oh)
& why the murders must be forgiven....

talk to me, don't pray for me!

oh purple iris, you knew me when i made this
when my eyes were wild & so full of science
did i lose you to someone you could pray with?
oh, it's a godless faith, but it's a faithful substance

i know, i know, i know
that you can't possibly know
but i know, i know, i know
that i just want us to get to know...
get to know us before there is no us!... just a dusty floor...

you have your faith (x2).., and i have my... and i have my doubts
well, i can make believe, i can bend a knee
i can be thankful for the air i breath
but what i can't get is the arrogance
oh, if you don't know, then you're down below

oh, you say you want to talk....but you don't really want to talk... yours is a mind made up...that;s how you wanna make mine
oh, you never give up... how many more are the gates gonna take.. before the clouds start breakin'?

if you see my babe, tell her i'll be late....

i want.. to know, but i can live without it
i want.. to know, but i can love without it
i want to go... with you.. but i....
i am right where i want to be
in the field, with my mind set free!
(my my my mindset free)

i see through pupils not through glass so stained and ancient
i love you still but i don't get reciprocation
we roll in my car to 'the leader of the pack'
i roll my window down to feel the pristine air flow
you ask me, proudly, where did all this beauty come from?
i mention a large bang and take another drag...

Play Doctor

Written By: Alex Tschan

Cut to the life all planned out... my general family practice. i got me a new mercedes-benz and a woman who's submissive to raise my children

well, now i make a point to disappoint
but dad, i'm learning all about some new thrills
good pills from the Gonzo kids
and all the fun ways to take them

but don't worry...i'll find god
and i'll stop genocide
and i will mean what i say
oh, thank you much...
but the good doctor says,
"i think you're all full of shit. so don't hold your breath"

oh, it is the most essential skill
to make the well from the weak and the ill
i do feel sorry for the ones who get hurt
& think that their pain can be dulled, with a song, or a lull-aby "la la la"
"la la la la"
i want to say more
i want to mean more
but i believe in "la"

oh god, i know the circumstance
your peerless face, my leper's hands
i fly your kite without the string
but feel no shock without the key!
it has nooooo no value!
nooooo no value!
nooooo.... no value!

francis packs it up for his boys
while he warns us that
two hits of my best shit
and all the ways you've failed start to drift away

ahhh, jesus christ
not another blast from the past
i just don't know how you live... oh, with yourself...
just like you have lived with yourself since we were kids...
i've moved on & up.

"hey next time you're in town i... well, i think we should catch up"
man, i'ma try.... but i already get so caught up
"oh, you're looking down now... when did i stop being good enough?"
i wish i knew... but it's probably when i stopped looking up

Nice & Proper

Written By: Alex Tschan

i know i'm easy to love
but my time is so precious, dear
don't let your guard down
don't let me be your guardian
uh uh uh, uh oh...
i'll be breaking all those faithful crutches
'cause that's how you learn!
that's how we all learn

and in the time it takes the earth to make one revolution around the sun
well, i've already started one
and it's already a year old
oh honey, you're so late!
noh... but you're never TOO late...
i'll give fair warning now...
the light is bright outside the cave

in my bones.. in my marrow..
there is a thing that gives life..
oh, but in murderous men
oh oH! oH OH! i don't get why...they have the same kind

i want to save your soul!
no, not with prayer.... my scalpel.. my scalpel... my scalpel!!
but who's gonna save mine when i stop breathin?
oh, who has to agree i'm a good person?

i'm gonna go to med school
i'm gonna be a doctor
i'm gonna fit in all nice & proper
and i'll make money
and i'll be happy
all the time

i'm gonna be a poet
a servant of love & language
i'm gonna live forever inside these verses
and i'll have freedom
but i'll be lonesome
all the time

Cheer Up, Chance (some personal injustices)

Written By: Alex Tschan

it's cuts me every time
oh, when you're poison syllables align
and in that old, familiar way
my tongue, it acquires the taste
of metal and blood
and suffice it to say
i've thrown all of your Buttons away
though now, my moms.. still wears.. your coat
on a scorching summer day...

"oh, hide and seek! down by the crooked creek
i think it's just what you need!
Okay, I'm counting!!!"

i better never hear if you refer to him as your son or your boy
oh, 'cause fuck your DNA
that don't mean shit if you've never heard him laugh or seen him play
and just a little fyi:
he has the soul of the gentlest giant
and a place exists when the tectonics shift
where you can never, ever touch him

hey, tag..you are it! when did you get smart as shit, Mr. Ulalume? i'll hook you up if you'd just be cool

"hey hey, big bro
do you think God will know?
that not all of me is pure...
that i live with scars from the scourge"

no, hey you, come here...
oh my god!, do you see what i see?!
that white dot is an angel, dear
and she's loved you for ten billion years!

don't let him change you, dear
cause my hope is measured in fear & darker shades of fear

Discography

"Warship" 2xLP/CD/MP3 (09/2009)

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Set List

Between 30-45 minutes, around 7-10 songs.

1. MY LITTLE WOODEN ROOM (LOL!)
2. MAKERS OF TASTE
3. PLAY DOCTOR
4. CHEER UP CHANCE
5. CHRISTIAN FRIENDS
6. TYRANTS
7. NICE AND PROPER
8. LAVA
9. AXIS
10. DEBRA DOWNER