New Album Available for Pre-Order

Photo by Le Petit RusseA new High Dials album is coming! Starting today, it can be pre-ordered along with all kinds of other cool stuff via Pledge Music

Want the High Dials to play in your living room? This can be arranged.

Click through to “EXCLUSIVES” to see everything on offer to fans. Every pre-order comes with the Yestergraves digital EP *FREE* (immediately) plus digital EP 2 *FREE* (coming in May).

Pledgers get album updates first and access to all kinds of behind-the-scenes goodies like studio videos, demos and remixes.

Everybody at High Dials HQ is excited to share the album journey with fans as the release date gets nearer!

EP number 2 is coming soon, and watch for the High Dials at Canadian Music Week in Toronto where they will take the stage with legendary power-poppers You Am I!

We Get On Like a House of Cards

While the High Dials busy themselves putting the final touches on an upcoming album (release date imminent!), their back catalogue of spaced-out pop continues to drift out into the wider world.

The band is currently enjoying mainstream exposure through the popular Netflix series “House of Cards”. Listen for their song “Uruguay” off of 2010′s “Anthems for Doomed Youth” in episode 208 of Season 2, released last week!

 

Yestergraves EP out now

Yestergraves EP

With little advance notice to fans, The High Dials ended a long period of creative introspection that almost broke up the band today with the launch of the Yestergraves EP via their Bandcamp page.

This is the first of two EPs planned by the group as they work towards releasing their new full-length LP in 2014.

The songs were recorded in fits and starts over the past year with producer Marc Bell in Montreal.

Hear the finished fruit of High Dials labour in all its cassette-warm glory here and spread the love.

The official launch for the EP happens Friday, November 29th in Montreal at Centre Fusion Culturel.

And watch this space for the Yestergraves official video, coming very soon!

Return to the stage

At the end of 2011, over a few warm Christmas wines whilst listening to Hall & Oates on repeat, the High Dials made a big decision. It was time to take a serious break. Rather than simply drift into a new album project, the band made a promise to one another- to indulge in some creative exploration without expectations or any timetable; to break as many unconscious rules as possible and see where the muse might lead them – hopefully exciting new and unvisited places.

On Oct. 30th, almost two years down the road, the self-imposed exile finally came to an end as long-time members Trevor Anderson, Robbie MacArthur and George Donoso took to a stage in Montreal to unveil some new material (and a couple of new musicians, Sheenah and Charles, on keys and bass). Other than a brief studio teaser and cool Stones cover, this has been the only sound the world has heard from the High Dials in, well, bloody ages!

And if you weren’t lucky enough to be at that beautiful gig Wednesday, you will get two more chances in the coming days. The High Dials perform at the M for Montreal festival on November 22 at L’Esco (the site of their last pre-break performance) and November 29 at CFC.

The non-Montreal world will also get to hear new sounds that week as the High Dials will be releasing three new songs via their Bandcamp page for exclusive download.

Stay tuned for the Yestergraves EP – a first taste of their long-promised new full-length album.

High Dials Stones’ cover – Canadian release

On April 23rd, it will be 50 years to the day that an über-cool 19-year old kid walked into a UK club to catch a set by a local blues band called the Rollin’ Stones.

Young Mr. Oldham promptly added a “g” to their name before making over their sound and style for long-term adulation by world teen-dom. You know the rest of the story.

Less known is how this young hustler then created one of the world’s coolest-ever labels – Immediate – where, inspired by Phil Spector and Brian Wilson, he arranged and released the cult classic – “The Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra Play the Rolling Stones Songbook”.

Fast forward to 2011. The High Dials receive a call from Mr. Oldham’s Colombian headquarters. Would they like to be a part of Rolling Stones Songbook Volume 2? In a heartbeat, “She Smiled Sweetly” is snapped up, string sections are summoned and timpanis dusted off, all in time for the Stones’ golden jubilee.

Plenty far more famous people are also invited to the party- like Johnny Marr, Gryff Rhys and Elliot Easton of the Cars, each collaborating on a different Oldham-era Stones gem.

Rolling Stones Songbook Vol. 2 was released in Canada this past week on Universal. Get it via iTunes or Amazon. A High Dials video is also coming soon – details to follow.

Back in the studio

Round 2 of studio tracking for an as-yet-untitled album began this past week. The High Dials have been working on 8 new songs with producer Marc Bell.

Still no release date to announce yet, but expect another video preview soon. In the meantime, the boys will be posting pics to their Facebook account. Check out their evolving photo album HERE