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.
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).
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!”
The High Dials announced their follow up to 2013′s “Yestergraves” today via Exclaim! The “Desert Tribe” EP is available via Bandcamp, iTunes and most major digital outlets.
The new EP features the title track plus 2 exclusive B-sides and 2 remixes.
Musically it begins following in the footsteps of its predecessor before veering off into exciting new places where there are no High Dials footsteps at all.
For longtime fans, the new music should surprise as thoroughly as last year’s did and it offers a tantalizing glimpse of what we might expect on the long-awaited new album.
The Desert Tribe EP is a free download when you pre-order the album on Pledge.
The Pledge pre-order campaign for the new High Dials album is chugging along. Thank-you to everyone who has hopped aboard! There are lots of cool things to reward you for your support. The band has posted a couple of fly-on-the-wall videos for pledgers and remember, the EP download is free with every pre-order.
Check out this sneak peak of new song “On Again, Off Again” in studio.
A 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!