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The High Dials


Montreal AB CANADA




Over 8 years and 4 albums, Montreal band the High Dials have turned out a varied repertoire of anthemic pop, upbeat psych and melancholic folk-rock balladry. They debuted on NYC-based Rainbow Quartz Records in 2003 with "A New Devotion", a mishmash of retro-freakbeat sounds and shimmering pop with a hidden lyrical storyline. The album made a fan of Little Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen fame who played them regularly on his syndicated radio show. 

"War of the Wakening Phantoms" (2005) was their lovesick follow-up. It caught the attention of the mainstream press and went to number one on Canadian college radio charts. The High Dials hit the road as tour partners for both Brian Jonestown Massacre and Neko Case, criss-crossing North America and the UK over many months. 
In 2007, they released “The Holy Ground EP”, which featured a collaboration with Rod Argent, legendary songwriter of The Zombies. 

In 2008, they released the eclectic, sprawling double album "Moon Country", which showcased everything from droning dance grooves and spaced-out rock to wistful cosmic folk. They returned to the road, a cycle that peaked with a memorable opening slot for Echo & the Bunnymen at SXSW 2009. In 2010 they built a home studio in Montreal and released their 4th LP, "Anthems for Doomed Youth".


Friday March 18



Easy Tiger Patio


709 E 6th St


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