Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop


Sounds like

Pavement, The Go-Betweens, Real Estate, Spoon, Orange Juice


band members

Nicholas Griffith ~ Vocals/Guitar Samuel Mason ~ Guitar Felix Colman ~ Bass Toby Davis ~ Drums


Bio

Sydney's sure-footed guitar-popsters High-tails today unveil their new single "Terrible Day". It follows on from previous smash "Bending Over Backwards" and is another taste of the band's debut EP "Sipping Tea To Make Music To Sip Tea To", which we are proud to announce will be released on Stop Start on 3rd October.

Frontman Nicholas Griffith says of the song "I wrote it at my old house in Chippendale. The opening line 'Walk your Chihuahua in the garden bed across from my house' literally came from watching an old woman and her dog out my window. From there I basically indulged myself in excessive wordplay, which I hope others will find as amusingly cheesy as I do."

The band are the newest signing to Sydney's Stop Start, joining top-notch homegrown alumni Ball Park Music, Millions, Northeast Party House and others. Label head Andy Bryan says "It’s always about good songs and when I heard 'Bending Over Backwards' I was immediately taken with this band. 'Terrible Day' only further cemented my interest. The material they’re writing shows huge potential and we are very excited to be working with them. Another great Aussie band in the making.”

High-tails is comprised of four childhood friends from Wagga who all moved to the big smoke for varying reasons, but found themselves drawn back together through a shared love of creating chiming pop music. They dropped their debut song a little under twelve months ago with "Maps" - a sunburst shot of economical pop that channelled the boys' beloved favourites The Go-Betweens, it had Two Thousand praising its "dreamy layered guitar melodies and a chorus to emote nostalgic Australian film scenes" while triple j Unearthed's Dave Ruby Howe proclaimed it "The Song Of The Summer".

The band followed it up in February with slinky rock stomper "Bending Over Backwards", which has been a bona fide triple j hit this year as well as receiving loads of love on public radio and blogs alike. Aussie Playlist frothed "This songs gets stuck in your head (and doesn't get out quickly)" and The Music Network confirmed "it shows these guys are no one-trick ponies". Further afield, the track even found its way into an episode of US TV series "Best Bars In America".

In tandem with these releases High-tails have played gigs across the country supporting Northeast Party House, The Holidays, Major Leagues, Loon Lake, The Cairos and more. An enthusiastic Guardian review called the band's live show "impressively tight" and "a well-rounded set of slacker pop".

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Review

Reviewed by Nick Findlay Nick Findlay

10 Feb 2014

Triple J
40

solid indie pop tune. starts off unassumingly and then builds into good vibes all round

solid indie pop tune. starts off unassumingly and then builds into good vibes all round

Review

Reviewed by Dom Alessio Dom Alessio

19 Sep 2013

Triple J
40

I can definitely hear the Go-Betweens influence on this one. Loving the sunny pop vibes. The melodica is a great touch too.

I can definitely hear the Go-Betweens influence on this one. Loving the sunny pop vibes. The melodica is a great touch too.

Review

Reviewed by Richard Kingsmill Richard Kingsmill

01 Oct 2013

Triple J
40

This one rolls by effortlessly. Really crisp sounds and the lyrics work for me. And is that a melodica at the end? Very cool....

This one rolls by effortlessly. Really crisp sounds and the lyrics work for me. And is that a melodica at the end? Very cool....