The Higher set themselves "On Fire"! Epitaph debut album drops on March 6th, 2007! The Higher will release its Epitaph debut album On Fire, on March 6th, 2007. Produced by Mike Green (The Matches, Paramore), the disc will contain three of the four songs from its Digital-only EP Pace Yourself released today (December 12th) via iTunes, plus nine additional tracks. O...(展开全部) The Higher set themselves "On Fire"! Epitaph debut album drops on March 6th, 2007! The Higher will release its Epitaph debut album On Fire, on March 6th, 2007. Produced by Mike Green (The Matches, Paramore), the disc will contain three of the four songs from its Digital-only EP Pace Yourself released today (December 12th) via iTunes, plus nine additional tracks. Opening with the contagious pop of “Insurance?” the disc will consist of the immediate rock anthem, “Rock My Body,” “Pace Yourself” (remixed by Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump) and the alluring “Histrionics,” which first appeared on the group’s acclaimed 2005 full-length indie LP of the same name. It was that disc – along with a Los Angeles performance at the Roxy earlier this year – that drew the interest of several major labels. But ultimately, the Las Vegas-based band chose to ink with Epitaph. “By the end of the second song I was convinced that I wanted to sign them,” says Epitaph founder Brett Gurewitz of the Roxy performance by The Higher – which also counts vocalist Seth Trotter, guitarist Robert Ragan, bassist Jason Centeno and drummer Patrick Harter. Citing “Seth’s phenomenal voice” and their “R&B influence” as two key components, Epitaph’s honcho told The Las Vegas Weekly, “I only sign bands I think can go all the way, and I believe the sky’s the limit for The Higher.” “We talked to pretty much every label, but we really didn’t want to take our band to a major,” 21-year old guitarist Tom Oakes admits. “This is our fourth year now, and we want to build a natural fan base. Epitaph is definitely the smartest option for us. [The] Offspring’s Smash sold 11 million on Epitaph, so the capability of selling millions of records is there. But if you sell 200,000 records on an indie label, you’re pretty incredible. If you sell 200,000 on a major, you’re worthless.” Fusing elements of pop, emo and R&B, the band’s sound has been described as Saves The Day meets Justin Timberlake. Describing the creative process beneath On Fire, Oakes says, “We’ve been pumping our little hearts and minds to make the most fabulous record we could ever make. Seth’s voice is phenomenal, I’ve watched that kid sing since third grad and every year it gets so much better. Wow does it show on this record!” “The skills the rest of us have contributed, the ideas, the influences, the beats, the shredding… it’s been such a magical process,” Oakes adds. “It’s going to spin you around like you’re on a roller coaster. I don’t know if you’ll be able to put your finger on it, and we love that.” Dating back to 2002, when Trotter, Centeno and Harter played together in a high school band, The Higher took shape when Oakes joined the next year. Playing local Vegas shows opening for the likes of Something Corporate, The Starting Line and Yellowcard, the group recorded a demo of the songs they wrote when they were just 16, which became their debut EP for Fiddler Records. That disc, Star Is Dead, was produced by Saosin’s Beau Burchell and led to eighteen months of touring with the likes of Silverstein, Park and Emery. The album will be their first since 2005's Histrionics was released on the defunct Fiddler Records. Bio: A few years can make a big difference—and no one knows that better than the Higher. Just one year ago the group were despondent: they were unsure about their line-up and didn't feel like the music they were playing fully represented their eclectic tastes. However, instead of calling it quits the band decided to take fate into their own hands and change all of that. "We've always been fans of R&B and pop and I think as we got older we appreciate it more," says guitarist Tom about the band's motivation to incorporate more of those elements into their music. "We just can't wait for people to hear this album." Originally formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2002, the band have undergone a massive reinvention since their debut full-length Histronics dropped in 2005. "I feel like this record definitely represents the Higher better than the last record," drummer Pat explains about On Fire, which was recorded earlier this year in Beverly Hills with Mike Green (Paramore, The Matches). "With this record we were really able to focus on writing the songs to the best of our ability," he continues. "We found our zone and just went from there, you know?" Although On Fire's upbeat amalgam of emo, punk and R&B may catch some listener's off guard, there's enough diversity on the album to please everyone from Jawbreaker to Justin Timberlake. The infectious opening single "Insurance?" is a bonafide dance-floor anthem; "Guts" is a guitar-driven rock song that explores the group's darker side; and with its glitchy beat and stuttering synths, Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy's remix of "Pace Yourself" is guaranteed to get even the most jaded hipster out on the floor. "It really feels like we have a fresh start," says Tom, crediting the band's newfound positivity to last year's addition of guitarist Reggie and their new home on Epitaph. "When he joined, he made us realize that we had the freedom to do whatever we wanted with our music," he continues. "We're fresh as babies now. We're ready." While the songs on On Fire are familiar enough to appease dedicated fans of the Higher, in many ways the band have transcended their roots and created something wholly unique in a landscape dominated by mediocrity. The Higher have already converted Epitaph founder Brett Gurewitz (who signed the band after seeing them perform just once) as well as fans all over the world—and now it's your turn to get turned onto the Higher. Oh, and if you don't dig it, well, that's cool, too. "There's definitely going to be kids who hate it and there's definitely going to be kids who love it—but I think even those kids who hate it are secretly going to fall asleep listening to it," Tom says about punk purists' potential reaction to On Fire's soul jams. "I just think people should have an open mind and be ready for something different."
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01. Insurance? 02. Guts 03. Rock My Body 04. Weapons Wired 05. Histrionics 06. Movement 07. Can Anyone Really Love Young 08. Darkpop 09. DARE 10. 31 Floors 11. Our Movie Rules 12. Pace Yourself (Patrick Stump Remix)