American High – “Fairfield, Ca”


American High are a rock quartet from Sacramento, California, influenced by punk and ’60s rock. Their debut full-length, Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement, showcases a variety of catchy efforts with relatively dark themes, such as the brutal impact of war (“September” and “I Can’t Change” explore this). An anti-war record, it incorporates catchy power-pop tracks and a smattering of more conventional lyrical focuses – like the infectious yearning on “Fairfield, Ca”, reminiscent of The Mountain Goats – to keep things from getting too heavy. “We’re four guys who love rock and roll and love songs and songwriting,” the group explains. “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 hearken to.”

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I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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