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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

HIGH/LOW


Autospy cover art
Ralph's given Essex based fuzzy post-grungesters HIGH/LOW a spin previously on his Radio KC Indie Show, so his attention piqued when news of a recently released,12 track, second album hit the kennel.

The self-produced AUTOSPY is their first recording as a full band with new drummer Dave Pankhurst. All previous releases were recorded by Guitarist/Vocals Steve Weston and Bassist Lee Yates. 

The new album blends the familiar HIGH/LOW sounds of loud guitars, bass fuzz, energy and harmonies with more dynamics, a fuller sound and a push in both the lighter and darker directions.





Formed towards the end of 2011 their debut EP Forty was released Aug 2012, along with the Raygun EP in November. The band also produced two videos to promote the title singles. In November 2012, HIGH/LOW made their first live appearance.

Most of 2013 was spent gigging, writing & promoting a Kickstarter campaign to fund a full-length album, which during Feb-April 2014  they recorded Stuck In A Void and released it 30 May 2014.



Kicking off with the eponymous Autospy HIGH/LOW set out their stall early. Heavy bass and driving guitars with vocals bringing shades of American bands 3 Doors Down or Seether, quickly followed by another vocally strong track in Crumble Down.

They follow that up with a 'poppier' sounding Mould, whilst Let's Run! takes it back up a notch, closely followed by possibly my favourite track on the album, Thin Skin, which has the feel of Scotland's favourite sons Idlewild. 

That carries on throughout what proves to be an extremely strong follow-up album by HIGH/LOW and provides them with a wealth of excellent live material.