Written by: Melanie Gomez
American High is a Californian rock n roll quartet inspired by bands like The Beatles, Nirvana, and Green Day. Listening to their album, Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement, there’s no doubt that those influences are true. Playing track number five, “September,” you can hear the similarity to The Beatles classic rock n roll sound. American High’s music and lyrics have an optimistic perspective on the personal, the social and the political.
“This is an anti-war record. Songs like “September” and “I Can’t Change” are our attempts to put a human face on the costs of trying to force the world to do what we want them to do,” according to the band. “We think everyone should concentrate on minding our own business rather than point guns at each other and demand obedience.”
American High continued saying, “We’re four guys who love rock and roll and love songs and songwriting. We pay respect to brilliant artists that have gone before. But in our own way. Our songs are influenced by whatever bubbles up from the subconscious. We give equal weight to all ideas/hooks/harmonies, regardless of which decade they harken to.”
The band thinks that songs are more interesting when they can be seen in different ways, which is why the band tried to make each song unique in its own way. “Weird chords with weird changes, weird blueprints, weird harmonies and backwards leads. Happy singers singing dark songs of love lost, the costs of constant war, and a scream into the night.”