Sydney's sure-footed guitar-popsters High-tails unveil their debut EP "Sipping Tea To Make Music To Sip Tea To", released on CD/Digital on 3rd October 2014.
The band is the newest signing for Stop Start, joining top-notch home-grown 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 in late 2013 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".
Upon the EP's release High-tails made it a perfect pop hat-trick with "Terrible Day", which saw Happy proclaim "(they're) a band who set the bar higher each time ... every element of the song is too good to not get a mention in being f*cking brilliant".
Throughout 2014 High-tails have played gigs across Australia supporting Northeast Party House, The Holidays, Major Leagues, Loon Lake, The Cairos and more. They've also completed festival slots at Sounds Of The Suburbs, Yours & Owls' 4th Birthday and Sydney Fringe. An enthusiastic Guardian review called the band's live show "impressively tight" and "a well-rounded set of slacker pop".
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