Bristolian pop punks Highlives recently released 5 track E.P Misguided Youth. Discussing it’s overarching theme, vocalist Liam states: “We’re often misguided through our younger years, and our lyrics reflect on that a lot, focussing on how it feels to see younger people go through the same situations, and having to make the same life choices that you once had to. It’s easy to become lost amongst the various situations that are thrown at you in life, and the decisions that you’re forced to make.” This contrast between both the hopefulness and challenges of youth greatly inform Highlives’ music, their effervescent pop punk shot through with melancholy. Used to wearing their hearts on their sleeves, here the quartet answer the A-Z interview…
A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music: Blink 182 – Dammit.
Best Album Ever Written: Robbie Williams – Escapology.
Craziest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band: Playing with As It Is in 2013 was real surreal for us at the time and felt pretty crazy. It was the first time we’d played to a relatively big crowd and we all had a lot of fun!
Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features: The middle eight of Wake Me Up “I’m not alright, I’m barely okay, I’m so sick of this feeling day after day.” is actually one of Ben’s lyrics which we added into the song. That song has always been one which we put together using several different segments of lyrical content, resulting in each part being quite different in terms of lyricism, and now we find it funny how unnecessarily miserable those lyrics are compared to the rest of the song.
Easiest Song You Wrote: That would either have to be Through Vacant Eyes or Walking Blind.
Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played: The acoustic Neck Deep Show in Wrexham in 2014.
Guest You’d Most Like To Feature On A Your Record: To have Mark Hoppus or Jeremy Mckinnon feature on one of our records would be insane. Maybe even Joe Satriani to make things weird!
Happiest Moment In You’ve Experienced In The Band: Hearing the final bounces of ‘Misguided Youth’ and all being over the moon about how it turned out.
Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members: Steve owns Llamas called Llama del Ray, Dahlia Llama and Dave.
Jokes You Have In The Band: Steve being such an ordinary guy; we like to call him Ordinary Steve.
Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song: At the moment we like to kick off our set with Heavy Weight. It’s short and fast paced, good for getting everyone hyped for the rest of our set.
Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show: Edinburgh as part of our tour in May.
Most Inspiring Musician You’ve Ever Experienced: I think Dan Campbell is a very inspiring songwriter. His lyrics always hit home and he experiments with different styles across The Wonder Years’ material and Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties’.
New Band You’d Recommend: On the Open Road.
Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal: Knuckle Puck.
Place You’d Most Like To Tour: It would be amazing to tour Australia!
Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers:
Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release: It was inspired by one of the lyrics in the track ‘Better Days’; ‘With every path we choose, we are misguided in our youth’.
The Old Days Of Music Were Better Than Those Current, do you agree:
Yes and no. There was more money to be made in the music industry back then if you were successful in any way, but at the same time these days we have access to free music thanks to apps like Spotify.
Unusual Merchandise: We used to have Scooby Doo tees, tie dyed in the colours of The Mystery Machine.
Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs: We’d love to re-work/re-record the songs from our Split.
What Band or Artist Have You Seen Live and Regretted: Enrique Iglesias.
X-rays or any other treatments needed for band related injuries: Whilst we were on tour, Ben’s girlfriend got drunk and dropped a full can of lager on Liam’s face. For a joke, we put a sanitary towel over it to stop the bleeding. He still has a scar on his eyebrow from it.
You could have written any song in history, which would you pick: Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band: Somali Wild Ass.
Highlives released EP ‘Misguided Youth’ on 11/12/15 at www.highlives.bandcamp.com
Watch current single ‘Better Days’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mox5uVfrpD8