SPHAERA – a solo album

All is quiet on the High Dials front – band members pursue different projects but still meet up for beverages and comeback plans. A new album is promised. Stay zen and watch this space for an announcement, we hope soon.

Meanwhile, Trevor has quietly released a first solo record on his own label Hook and Prayer – available on all digital platforms. Titled “Sphaera – Music From the Film Let There Be Light”, it features bits of the score to the aforementioned documentary but is also a concept record in its own right.

Explains Trevor: “Once the film was done, I kept working on the music until it took on a narrative shape – it became a kind of romantic space opera about the heavenly bodies – stars, planets and such, and the feelings of love and terror we feel beneath them.”

The album features beautiful balladry interspersed with mellotron-heavy orchestral suites, many of which feature in the Eye Steel Film documentary “Let There Be Light”.

Drawing on an unusual combination of influences – romantic torch songs, John Barry, Hammer horror, old sci-fi and erotic scores in combination with the first-wave electronica of bands like Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd – “Sphaera” is an immersive psychedelic meditation.

“Let There Be Light” is an Eye Steel Film documentary about attempts to recreate the sun on earth for fusion energy. It has featured in festivals worldwide since its spring 2017 release, including SXSW, Hot Docs and Docs Barcelona, winning the Artistic Vision Award at Big Sky Festival.

House of Cards + new video

For a third season successive season you can hear High Dials music playing while U.S. president Frank Underwood engages in dastardly deeds. Just-released season 4 of the Netflix series “House of Cards” features “Echoes and Empty Rooms” and golden oldie “Chinese Boxes” in the background. Listen in and spot the tunes!

The High Dials are proud to unveil a new video by frequent collaborator Ghost Mago this week – “Evil Twin” from “In the A.M. Wilds”. Based on projections from the band’s live shows, it captures the doppelgänger vibe very well. Enjoy!

New tour announced

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The High Dials will play in Latin America for the first time in November. An upcoming tour takes the band to Mexico and Colombia and includes festival slots and headlining shows.

The High Dials are excited to be playing songs from newest album “In the A.M. Wilds” so far from home. Be sure to follow the band on Instagram for what should be a steady stream of exotic pics!

The band also unveiled a new video for “Conquistadores” this week (the “Flags” remix), giving us a glimpse at what their South American adventure may look like.

New video premiere

Brooklyn Vegan premiered the official video for “Echoes and Empty Rooms” today.

Directed by Push 1 Stop, the clip features Trevor and Robbie submerged in echoing imagery feedback.

Echoes and Empty Rooms is the title track from the new album “In the A.M. Wilds”, which BV says “nicely mixes atmospherics and noise without sacrificing pop hooks… their MO since the early 00′s”. Get it HERE!

In the A.M. Wilds – Out Now

The High Dials’ latest long-player – “In the A.M. Wilds” is available everywhere as of today. Have a listen and then click over to iTunes or Bandcamp as fast as your mouse will carry you!

The album is charting on CBC and Canadian campus radio and enjoying a positive press buzz in Canada from the likes of Exclaim!, Quick Before It Melts and Gray Owl Point.

The band has announced they will be supporting Sam Roberts Band on two dates – Toronto, Feb 14 (Massey Hall – sold out) and Montreal, March 7 (Metropolis).

Song premiere – “On Again, Off Again”

Music Blog Quick Before It Melts premiered a new track from “In the A.M. Wilds” today – “On Again, Off Again”, which you may remember from the band’s in-studio videos posted on Pledge Music.

According to Trevor, “The song was built with an old drum machine, a live performance and some phone software. Our favourite part was the vintage ‘Fun Machine’ keyboard which they have at Troublemakers Studio. Lots of 12-string guitar in the arrangement too!”