Gig Guide: High Highs February Residency at Pianos, NYC

by on February 28, 2012 · 4 comments

  • High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012. High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012.

    Photos by Rafe Baron.

  • High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012. High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012.

    Photos by Rafe Baron.

  • High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012. High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012.

    Photos by Rafe Baron.

  • High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012. High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012.

    Photos by Rafe Baron.

  • High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012. High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012.

    Photos by Rafe Baron.

  • High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012. High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012.

    Photos by Rafe Baron.

  • High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012. High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012.

    Photos by Rafe Baron.

  • High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012. High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012.

    Photos by Rafe Baron.

  • High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012. High Highs play Pianos NYC on 15th February, 2012.

    Photos by Rafe Baron.

Those of you who live (and see music) in New York will probably know Pianos on the Lower East Side. Behind the original piano store sign out the front is a small, often crowded haven for those who enjoy dancing (upstairs), shows (through the back) and drinking/eating (in the front bar). There’s a pretty respectable happy hour menu, but on this particular Wednesday night at 10pm, we found ourselves in a packed show room to see a group of Aussies living in New York, High Highs, play their second of three February shows.

The room was dark, and the stage was lit with nothing but some Christmas lights adorning the mic stands. The audience was captivated – some people were swaying or moving in time to the music, but most people were standing perfectly still – in high contrast to the busy, noisy front bar just outside  and the bustling urban landscape just beyond the venue.

The music itself is the kind that demands exactly that sort of attention: it’s sweet, and dulcet, with a lovely mix of sweet male vocals, soft guitar riffs and gentle synth progressions. For those who enjoy comparisons, it might recall a somewhat pared-back Bon Iver or maybe a less country-fied and more synthy Fleet Foxes or Band of Horses. Buzz bands aside, High Highs hit the right notes for hanging out, study/work time or anything else that commands relaxation and simultaneous enjoyment. If that’s sounding good right now, you can listen to their self-title four track EP below, or click the buy button to purchase it for the low lows price of $4.

High Highs play their final February show, brought to you by Prefixmag, at Pianos NYC (158 Ludlow Street) tomorrow night at 10pm. Tickets are  $8, and you can get more info at our events page.

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