Edge Is As Safe As the Ground
- Artist: High Ceilings
- Format: CD
- Release Date:3/11/2003
With a sound that ranges from aggressive guitar-driven pop to all out rock jams The High Ceilings are a compelling hard rock quartet who have established themselves as one of Boston's hottest up and coming acts. Formed in 1999 by singer/guitarist Max Heinegg and guitarist Chris Blackburn the band has progressed at a rapid pace while coming into their own. Max Hienegg's distinct voice and vocal melodies seem to wrap themselves around the wall of sound forged by Blackburn's patchwork of guitars, creating swirling sonic compositions that can be both tough and fragile at the same time. Fronted by Heinegg, an accomplished and published poet, his approach to a song can give it the ability to sound more like a poem that is carefully set to music. 'I used to write poems and thought you could turn poems into song lyrics. But songs are a different animal. You want to be able to pore over it and find different layers, but you also want people to listen to it once and get it.' (Max) This approach to songwriting gives the band's songs a memorable quality that the listener can hold onto. 'The choruses demand singing along, and the verses tell beautiful, heart felt stories.' (Luke Pyles/NE Performer) The High Ceilings burst upon the Boston music scene in 1999 with their debut release 'Pass Right Through' and quickly became a popular Boston act establishing their reputation through their energetic live performances. With a fast growing fan-base the band returned to the studio to record a follow up to 'Pass Right Through' in the fall of 2000. The release of 2001's 'Wavelength' would debut their new and more aggressive sound which has now become their trademark. Working with renowned producer, David Minehan, 'Wavelength' would go on to bring The High Ceilings increased popularity in the Boston music scene receiving airplay on local top 40 radio stations, WBCN, WAAF and WFNX. 'Wavelength' was also licensed to MTV and used for the soundtrack of their popular television show 'Undressed.' Their hard work paid off when they were invited to play in the coveted WBCN Rumble in 2001 which is put on annually to display the best of Boston's thriving rock scene. A band driven by progress and creativity The High Ceilings have recently completed the recording of their third release and first full-length album 'The Edge is as Safe as the Ground' scheduled for release in February 2003. The band continues to gain attention and build on it's growing fan-base playing regular gigs throughout the Northeast, and has plans of more extensive touring as 2003 begins. With the creative forces of Max Heinegg and Chris Blackburn anchored by the driving rhythm section of Ron Riley (bass) and John Farrell (drums), The High Ceilings hope to create music that is fresh and new while establishing their place in popular music. 'A band with integrity is quite a rarity these days, never mind one as precociously talented as The High Ceilings; they have nearly limitless potential, and their best truly is ahead of them. This is one of the best bands that Boston has to offer. These guys don't do anything but play good old American rock. Remember what that sounded like? When bands wrote straight-ahead songs that had loud guitars and big choruses everyone could sing along to? That's The High Ceilings.' (Mike Baldino/Sound Check Magazine)
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