High Ends Releases 'Downtown', Announce Debut LP out 8/26 via Dine Alone
Yukon Blonde frontman Jeffrey Innes recently launched his new solo project High Ends as an adventurous new songwriting outlet. The resulting debut full-length album, Super Class, will be released August 26th via Dine Alone Records. Having previously revealed lush Super Class album cut "The Weight," he's back to give fans another early taste of the upcoming record with "fun and fascinating" LP cut "Downtown." Filled with irresistible, '80s-inspired analogue synths & an infectious refrain, check out "Downtown" where it premiered with Stereogum, or HERE where it's available to post & share!
In the second half of 2013, following years of near-constant touring as the front-man of the critically acclaimed BC outfit Yukon Blonde, Jeffrey Innes suddenly found himself in possession of an unfamiliar commodity: free time. With Yukon Blonde on a temporary break between albums, Innes was back at home in Vancouver, but rather than spending his downtime relaxing, he launched the solo project High Ends. "I initially wanted to do something that was really collaborative, so I wrote a bunch of songs with the idea of bringing friends in," Innes remembers. "But all of my friends were on tour, so I ended up doing it myself." This prompted a feverishly creative burst of unfiltered solo experimentation, with most of the material written quickly using an array of analogue synthesizers.
The ten-song LP was recorded with producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, The New Pornographers) at his Vancouver Island facility. During the sessions, Gold & Youth drummer Jeff Mitchelmore handled percussion, Louise Burns and The New Pornographers' Kathryn Calder contributed backing vocals, and Ladyhawk's Darcy Hancock laid down guitar.
High Ends will take to the road this spring, including a stint at Sled Island:
6/16: Red Deer, AB @ Bo's Bar & Grill*
6/17: Canmore, AB @ Communitea Cafe*
6/18: Lethbridge, AB @ The Slice Bar & Grill*
6/19: Calgary, AB @ Sled Island
6/20: Edmonton, AB @ The Artery*
(* = w/ Library Voices)