ALBUM REVIEW: THE HIGH VIOLETS – HEROES AND HALOS

By J Quigley

By J Quigley

Background
The band formed from the ashes of legendary Portland favourite, the Bella Low, who played regular gigs with other local psych bands like The Dandy Warhols.  After the Bella Low breakup former members Clint Sargent (lead guitar, vocals), Luke Strahota (drums/percussion) and Violet Bianca Grace picked up the pieces from the band’s crash and formed The High Violets in 1998.  Current lineup includes Kaitlyn ni Donovan (vocals, guitar) and Colin Sheridan (bass guitar) with Heroes and Halos being the band’s sixth release after a six year wait.

Strengths
Understated and unfussy dream pop that delivers on the genre’s promise over the course of a pleasing album. Songwriting is formidable within the context of its musical agenda.

Highlights
“Dum Dum”, “Heroes and Halos”, “Comfort in Light”.

Sounds Like
Lush, the Sundays, Slowdive and the Cocteau Twins.

Bottom Line
Fulfils every expectation a dream pop aficionado might possess concerning this well-defined genre. If you can get past the fact that The High Violets maintains a tight compliance to the boundaries, then Heroes and Halos will be a valued acquisition. 

Information
Official Website: http://www.thehighviolets.com

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