New Noise Magazine is pleased to be bringing forth the music video premiere of “Quicksand” by The Great Heights Band. The track is exotic in its presentation, luring listeners in with a dance driven, eclectic beat. The video showcases a masquerade styled house party with extremely decorative attire, complimenting the track’s upbeat, semi-hypnotic pulse. Atmospherically, the song has a tense mood to the running beat. Take a listen to below with this exclusive video premiere. One can find the song on the record rad-pop., which will be The Great Heights Band’s upcoming release, due out on April 20th via CI Records.
“‘Quicksand’ is a pretty dark song, so we knew we wanted to take a more cinematic approach for the video to accompany it. We worked with director Bradley Atom and producer Hannah Nawa to create it and they both did amazing work. It was a lot of fun do get some actors involved and have a more clearly defined concept and storyline for the video, I think it works really well with the meaning of the song.” – Vocalist/guitarist and producer, Eric Taft
“I originally wrote ‘Quicksand’ with just an acoustic guitar and a synth, trying to blend different beats and vibes similar to The Gorillaz with the raw angst of bands like Radiohead. It’s probably my favorite song on the record. Eric did an awesome job with the production and I think it stretches out what TGHB can be known to create.” – Vocalist/guitarist, Neal Karkhanis
The Great Heights Band’s sophomore effort, rad-pop., is big and bold. The album, set to be released on April 20 via CI Records, brings together a diverse mix of pop, punk, nerd, and indie rock, with nods to a retro aesthetic and good old fashioned rock and roll. “We honed the sound of this record by writing, demoing, and tearing apart dozens of songs and arrangements,” says singer/guitarist Neal Karkhanis. After demoing about 50 songs, the band fully recorded the best 18 before finalizing the album’s track listing at 11, with one bonus track each for CD and vinyl.
“rad-pop. is the first release from The Great Heights Band that I had a hand in writing from start to finish,” says singer/guitarist and producer Eric Taft, “and I’m immensely proud of it.” This album sees the band bringing in a wide range of influences from the likes of Weezer, The Cure, Gorillaz, Radiohead, ELO, and beyond. “The way Neal and I write complements each other really well.” Taft points to Karkhanis as “the wild and more experimental one and I’m the one that wrangles him back to Earth. We keep each other in check and it really makes for interesting and super cool songs.”
Tracking for rad-pop. began at Taft’s own Buzzlounge Recording Studio in Beltsville, Maryland soon after the release of Songs In Easter Standard Timing in 2015. This same space that Taft has worked with legendary producer Matt Squire, including co-producing and engineering Underoath’s comeback album, Erase Me. With full control and no budgetary constraints Taft, with the help of Karkhanis, was able to take as much time as needed, giving every track and tone the attention it deserved. In total, rad-pop. took over a year of writing, rewriting, and crafting brand new sounds. The band has sonically pushed themselves further than on SIEST, with bassist Owen Brinser and drummer Paul Martinez playing an integral role in taking the songs to another level. Songs like “Quicksand” and “Start” are rooted in rhythmic syncopation, with the drums and bass locking together as one. The dual vocals of Karkhanis and Taft have been refined to work in stronger tandem, offering listeners two distinct voices that equally have something to say.
East Coast Tour Dates:
4/14 – Lancaster, PA – Launch Music Conference
4/15 – Washing D.C. – Chicken & Whisky (Listening party)
4/19 – Baltimore, MD – Loyola University
4/21 – Washington D.C. – Songbyrd Music House
4/22 – Philadelphia, PA – Creep Records
4/26 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
4/27 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
4/28 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery (Release show)
4/29 – Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St
Photo by Ian Bell