Band: The High Ground
Single: “When it Rains, it Pours”
Single Release Date: 7/17/18
Video Release Date: 12/26/18
Coming to us from the Orlando suburbs, punk/prog/post-hardcore group, The High Ground, is about to start making headlines. Their recently released music video for their song “When it Rains, it Pours” is proving that they are here to stay. Made up of brothers Jack and Matt Brown, with friends Andrew Parker and Dillon Smith, this four-piece is a force to be reckoned with. Even though they are only a four-piece act, their command behind their instruments makes up for the missing fifth member. We were lucky enough to catch up with the High Ground to talk about the band and their sound in the wake of the release of their first ever music video.
If you have been a fan of The High Ground for a while now, you probably noticed how their most recent song “When it Rains, it Pours” is different compared to their past releases. This new song showcases The High Ground’s exploration into a more post-hardcore sound, that I personally really enjoy. Bass player Matt Brown commented on this when he said, “We started off as a Pop-Punk band but have evolved more into what we consider Post-Hardcore, and I would say we are still evolving. For someone who has never heard us before, I would just say that we are rock/metal, with both modern and classic influences.” After listening to The High Ground’s discography this evolution is very obvious. Their first EP Concrete is a very solid pop-punk record and was a great starting point for the band. However, on their new track “When it Rains, it Pours” The High Ground has created a sound that is unique to them.
When I asked Matt what attributes to their unique sound he told me, “I think what makes us different than many of the other bands of our genre today is that we are all very trained and skilled at our individual instruments. Before even thinking of forming a band, we spent years learning, practicing, and mastering our craft. A lot of bands these days write catchy tunes, but musically, not a whole lot is going on. Or sometimes it’ll be the other way; bands write super musically advanced songs, but unless that’s what you’re into, the song won’t really stick in your head like pop songs do.” I could not agree with this more, their combination of catchy hooks and shready guitar licks is something that a lot of bands can’t do, however, THG has it nailed down. This combination creates songs that are super catchy and are also musically interesting, which is exactly what the music scene needs these days.
Lyrically, “When it Rains, it Pours” talks about something that almost everyone can relate to, as Matt describes it, “The song’s meaning is pretty straight forward, and I think a lot of people can relate to it. It’s about the aftermath of a break-up, but when writing it, we tried to capture all the emotions involved. A lot of break up songs have the message of either “I hate you” or “I miss you”. We tried to touch on both the resentment aspect, as well as the longing feeling.” Vocalist Andrew Parker does a great job of bringing these emotions to life with his combination of screams and clean vocals. I was very impressed with Andrew’s screams, it is not something that his heard on THG’s past material, however, it adds an entirely new dynamic to their sound and I hope to see it on their upcoming new material.
Speaking of new material, The High Ground is planning on heading into the studio later this year to record a full 5 song EP, and if it is anything like “When it Rains, It Pours” then we are going to be in for a real treat. Matt also shared with us some of their other plans for 2019 which includes playing a bunch of local shows, a new music video or two, and a possible mini-tour in the summer, so fans definitely have a lot to be excited about. Make sure you check out The High Grounds debut music video for their song “When it Rains, it Pours” and follow them on social media so you don’t miss any of the exciting things that they have planned. So, until next time, get off the charts and support your local music scene.
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