California Rocker

Award-Winning Online Music Magazine

Sacramento Band, American High, Drops Upbeat Rock Album, ‘Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement’

By JOHN DALY

American High has released Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement, and it’s a fun, upbeat collection that would warm the coldest of hearts.

Influence of 1960s and 1970s

American High, from Sacramento has a cool indie-alternative sound with some upbeat songs and clearly they’ve been influenced by the 1960s-1970s sound.  Some of the songs are pretty irreverent, others are straightforward and these guys pull it off.

But who are they?

D.T. is on rhythm guitar, E.S. is on lead guitar, F.M. is on bass, T.M. keeps the beat on the drums. American High produced the record.  The only name that is available is that of Joe Johnson of Pus Cavern Studios in Sacramento, who mixed and mastered.  Check them out on Bandcamp.

American High has a knack for putting chilling topics into an upbeat mode. Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement, was released marks the band’s debut album. We’re not sure if their name refers to getting buzzed or appreciating the high school years.

American High wanted to put out an anti-war record with this one. The guys said they wanted to put a human face on oppression: “We think everyone should concentrate on minding our own business rather than point guns at each other and demand obedience.”

Favorite cuts on the record are “Moon,” “Sensei,” “Bunny,” “September,” and “Warm Worlds Flow.”  The song “Sister Don’t Believe It,” may be a reference to the president everyone loves to hate, but the song is a bit redundant.  However the workmanship is on the record and the recording quality is excellent.

The band is unconventional and said they think songs are more interesting when they’re different than the standard chorus-verse-chorus.

 

%d bloggers like this: