Number of Tracks:8 Vinyl Size:12-inch Revolutions:33rpm Vinyl Color:Black Jacket:Semi-gloss
*Releases September 15, 2021
Described as “flowing, edgy, hypnotic and very contagious” The High Violets have tapped the vein of Lush,the Sundays and the Cocteau Twins while defining their own sound. Layered guitars, textured arrangements and ethereal vocals combine to create a skilled and respectful blend of dreampop and shoegazing sensibilities.
The band formed from the ashes of legendary Portland favorite, the Bella Low, who played regular gigs with other local psych bands like The Dandy Warhols, Swoon 23, Rick Bain & the Genius Position, Heatmiser and Sugar Boom.After the Bella Low breakup former members Clint Sargent, Luke Strahota and Violet Bianca Grace picked up the pieces from the band’s crash and formed The High Violets in 1998.
The early line up was short lived as Grace left after a few gigs. Sargent and Strahota then joined forces with Allen Davis of Echoplex. Soon after Sargent recruited one of Portland’s most amazing voices, Kaitlyn ni Donovan, to complete the lineup that self-released their EP Dream Away (1999).
The band’s debut album 44 Down (2002) received critical acclaim as a standout in resurgence of the shoegazer sound. After its release Under the Radar andMagnet magazines singled out the band and album with full page articles noting its influence.
The High Violets acclaimed album To Where You Are was released in 2006. Press releases proclaimed Sargent’s layered guitars the standout feature and ni Donovan’s water color vocals the crowning jewel on the CD’s shimmering sounds. The album earned the band well-deserved praise and appeared on many Top 10 lists and reader polls rating the release among ’06 favorites.
Satellite Remixes (2007) features re-mixes and new interpretations of their songs by Ulrich Schnauss (UK/Germany), Carmen Rizzo(LA), BASIC (Belfast), Antahkarana Music (Mexico City) and other artists from around the globe.
The High Violets fourth album, Cinéma, landed an many “Best of 2010 lists, received glowing reviews and top airplay on college and alternative radio stations. Heroes and Halos, listed on Pop Matters Top 10 Shoegaze and Dreampop Albums, was released in 2016 by Saint Marie Records.
The band is set to release their sixth album, B-Sides & Rarities, September 15, 2021. Songs on the album highlight the musical trajectory from their 1998 beginnings as as a youthful, blissed out starry eyed shoegaze band to an impeccably produced addition of dreampop by. B-Sides & Rarities Photos Link
The High Violets have performed at South by Southwest, Musicfest NW, North by Northeast, PDX Pop Now! and NoisePop. Among numerous other media placements their music has been featured on Fraternity Life and Sorority Life (MTV), Life Unexpected(CW), You Me Her (DirecTV)
BIG TAKEOVER: “Contains all the hallmarks of great shoegaze”
ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE: “The High Violets – Shimmering, starry-eyed ethereality.”
NORTHWEST MUSIC: “Close your eyes and drift into a soft rainbow of deeply layered dreamy guitar riffs and alluring melodies”
MAGNET MAGAZINE: “Kaitlyn ni Donovan has a voice that would melt the Jesus And Mary Chain’s heart”
The High Violets are: Clint Sargent – lead guitar, vocals; Kaitlyn ni Donovan – vocals, guitar; Colin Sheridan – bass guitar; Luke Strahota – drums