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.