Friday, 18 May 2012


I've got a confession. I've turned up inexcusably late to the High Highs party and only discovered them recently, let's hope my metaphorical gift of ferrero rocher, the ultimate party gift, will suffice. However, what a delight, their music is enchantingly gorgeous and absolutely addictive. Looking forward to hearing more from this band, their album can't come soon enough.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
We're in new york. we're working on finishing up our record. Most songs are in the bag - theres about 13 songs and we'll probably end up with around 10 on the record. we're finalising who is going to mix the record right now.

Could you give a brief High Highs history?
Oli and I met in Sydney a few years ago. Oli came from a really electronic background and i was just starting to write songs on the guitar. It took us a while to find a middle ground between where we both coming from - the early stuff was super weird. We found ourselves in New York a few years later and we started the band back up. We've been chipping away at the record for about two years over here. It's taken a while but we're really proud of it.

Who did you grow up listening to?
Growing up i was listening to a lot of Eric Clapton and John Williamson. The latter is a classic aussie songwriter - total legend.

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've worked on.
Theres a song called In A Dream, which is only a working title i think. It came together really quickly. Its one of the more "up" songs on the record. The foundation of the track is an instrument Oli made by sampling two peoples voices. It sounds like a pad but its got a really nice texture to it. We just recorded drums last week and i'm about to do the final vocals on it... its taking me a while to get the lyrics right.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
One of the first songs i ever wrote was about the fear of being attacked by a Magpie in australia. Quite ridiculous.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
I think it makes a great soundtrack for travel.

What other artists are you into at the moment?
We just got a really nice record player in our apartment so i've been enjoying revisiting older stuff on vinyl. Steely Dan's "Aja" has been on heavy rotation. My friend also just got me the new Burial EP "Kindred" which is really beautiful.

Where would you love to tour?
Europe. I've never been there and I cant wait to go there.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
We're just focusing on making our record the best it can be - thats enough for us at the moment!