High Tides – Bridges

Nottingham Quintet High Tides, self-described as ‘putting emo into pop punk since 2015’, have released a video for their new single ‘Bridges’. Viewable here, the track is the second to taken from mini-album ‘I’m Not Giving Up, I’m Just Starting Over’, scheduled for release on 17th March 2017 via Scylla Records. Vocalist Christian Litchfield discusses the inspiration behind the track: “It refers to that time when you’re seeing someone and it comes to a head – where things either progress or regress. The line – “Not scared of burning bridges, its walking on them that scares me” – sums it up pretty well; sometimes you would rather pass on something than get hurt through trying. I think everyone has been haunted by a road not taken and think about it from time to time, this song is a representation of that feeling.”

High Tides, completed by Tom Slack (bass/vocals), Matt Bramley (guitar/vocals), Alex Hiley (guitar) and Connor Rogers (drums), have for the most part, been in eachother’s lives for years and some even from school age: “We’ve all been in bands previously both together and separately, but this final line up just clicked instantly both musically and socially”. Within the busy sphere pop punk, High Tides say that what sets them apart from their contempories is both their music and their live show: “We feel our sound brings some fresh elements to the UK Pop punk sound: a bit deeper, more mature and tending to stray from the typical ‘In sound’ of now. ive it’s always crazy energetic and we put absolutely everything into it, we don’t feel we’ve done a good enough job unless we come off stage looking like we’ve had a bath in sweat. I think that energy appeals to the crowd and allows them to enjoy every show by seeing how much we enjoy it, and that its okay to have a good old dance.”

‘I’m Not Giving Up, I’m Just Starting Over’ was recorded with Myroslav Boris of Jigsaw Audio at Artifex Studios in Derby, with the band revealing: “We wanted to tell a story with the EP. So its starts very upbeat and bright; as it goes along it definitely takes a more serious and darker turn towards the end.” Comparing it’s sound to that of familiar favourites such as The Story So Far, State Champs and The Wonder Years, they also comment that they draw influences from “Hit The Lights for some catchy, bouncy characteristics; Four Year Strong for gritty aggressive vocals; more ‘Emo’ influences such as Taking Back Sunday and Brand New for Chris’ loud, raw, passionate vocals.” But whatever you make of the sound, you can be sure they’ll be delivering it with a big smile on their faces: “We really enjoy this band. UK Pop Punk, and even social network groups worldwide, have been so supportive and the whole scene is just so friendly. We’ve met so many bands and great people in a year and we just want this release to allow us to carry on this journey, meeting and sharing our music with more people.”

Catch High Tides on the road in March, on these currently confirmed dates: 22nd February: JT Soar @ Nottingham | 17th – Nottingham, Rock City Basement (EP Release Show) | 18th – Manchester, Retro Bar | 19th – Liverpool, Maguire’s Pizza Bar | 20th – Glasgow, The Hug and Pint | 21st March – Leeds, Milo Bar | 22nd March – Brighton, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar | 26th March – Bristol, Stag and Hounds

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