Thursday, October 28, 2010


October was an eventful month for the champagne of bands. We completed a twenty day US tour, recorded a second full-length album, filmed two new episodes of the video tour blog, and were joined in Philadelphia by Marshall Allen. By the end of the tour, the band had both feet firmly planted in a new sound, one driven by extremes of energy and dynamics, and most importantly, a prioritization of fun.


One of the things I have come to treasure about HighLife is the refusal to rule out any musical influences for the sake of aesthetic control. There is a free flowing sonic identity that really breathes, lives and changes with our lives. Each member brings his own unique repertoire of tastes to the table, which are woven into Jason's kaleidoscopic sets. (In our vehicles and the stereos we encounter on the road, we congregate around recordings by the likes of Stan Rogers, Lee Hazlewood, Elizabeth Cotten, Roy Orbison, Gucci Mane, and others.) It is the collective enthusiasm for the spirit of all of this music, and our own music, that often seems to fuel our work. And it seems that the further we move in this direction, the more the enthusiasm grows. The music is everyone's and no one's, here and then gone. Below is a little video snippet of our final show in NYC: