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The High Dials

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The High Dials are an indie rock band from Montreal, Canada. They draw on influences from folk, pop and psychedelic rock of various eras.

They debuted in 2003 on NYC-based Rainbow Quartz Records with “A New Devotion”, a mishmash of retro-freakbeat sounds with a hidden lyrical storyline. The album made a fan of Little Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, who began playng them regularly on his syndicated radio show. They performed with the Strokes, the Stooges, New York Dolls and other music legends at his Underground Garage Festival in 2004, also making first tours of Canada, the USA and UK.

The High Dials released their second album “War of the Wakening Phantoms” in 2005. The disc won critical acclaim from NME, Spin and the Washington Post among other influential publications. The album reached the number one spot on Canadian college radio charts and the band began a period of extensive touring in North America and the UK, including support slots with the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Neko Case.

In 2007, the High Dials released “The Holy Ground EP”, which featured a collaboration with Rod Argent, legendary songwriter of The Zombies. That same year, they received sudden mainstream exposure when their song “The Holy Ground” featured in a prominent ad campaign for Rogers mobile in Canada.

In 2008, the High Dials’ released their third LP “Moon Country” independently. Begun in a remote stone cottage in Ireland, the eclectic, sprawling double album revealed further changes in the band’s evolving sound, showcasing droning dance grooves, spaced-out rock and wistful cosmic folk. They returned to the road in support of the record, a cycle that concluded with an opening slot for Echo & the Bunnymen at SXSW 2009.

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  • azul0182

    Yum yum yuminess! Wrote about these folks in my SxSW project over at http://bitchyvegansoundtrack.com/2011/05/whoops-mega-post/

    19 May 2011 Reply
  • JoeyLevenson

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    7 May 2011 Reply
  • ezears

    'Your Eyes Are A Door' god what a beautiful song, all 8 mins of it, harmonica, just dreamy, a song you get lost in.

    18 Nov 2010 Reply
  • iamnanny

    Anthems For Doomed Youth is the best of 2010!

    11 Nov 2010 Reply
  • theelecmainline

    PSYCHEDELICA 4 www.northernstarrecords.co.uk SINGAPORE SLING, THE DOLLY ROCKER MOVEMENT , THE MEDICINE, THE HIGH DIALS, THE SEE SEE, YOUNGTEAM , CAPSULA, SUNSPLIT , THE TAMBORINES , THE HOUSE OF FIRE, HOPEWELL, ARROWS OF LOVE , DECOYS, THE GREENCOATS , BABY WOODROSE , THE CUSH, NELSON BRAGG, ELEPHANT STONE, THE STEVENSON RANCH DAVIDIANS, 93MILLIONMILESFROMTHESUN, THE DOMINO STATE, MARIBEL, TRAILER TRASH TRACYS, WHITE NOISE SOUND, THE DECEMBER SOUND, SPOTLIGHT KID, INSECT GUIDE, THE BUTTERFLY EXPLOSION, VOLCANO PLAYGROUND, SENNEN, EAT LIGHTS BECOME LIGHTS, PERFECT BLUE, DANIEL LAND & THE MODERN PAINTERS, JOENSUU1685, THE VOICES.

    11 Jul 2010 Reply
  • motorocontrollo

    I am the eye.

    24 Jun 2010 Reply
  • ethnic_bionic

    akhirnya ketemu juga

    13 May 2010 Reply
  • caro_g

    these guys are brilliant!

    17 Mar 2010 Reply
  • royalpoet

    War Of The Wakening Phantoms is a true masterpiece.

    28 Jul 2009 Reply
  • jterry27

    check out Rishi Dhir's new band Elephant Stone.... http://www.elephantstonemusic.com http://www.chartattack.com/news/70559/elephant-stones-sitar-rock

    5 Jun 2009 Reply
  • rekamrekahs

    reminds me stone roses

    21 May 2009 Reply
  • nateddog29

    personal fav - "your eyes are a door" thanks for the good tunes

    3 Nov 2008 Reply
  • theelecmainline

    As featured on Psychedelica Three from www.northernstarrecords.co.uk PSYCHEDELICA THREE featuring The Lea Shores, The High Dials, The Quarter After, Youngteam, Belles Will Ring, Maison Blanche, The Black Angels, The Dolly Rocker Movement, The Electric Soft Parade, The Stevenson Ranch Davidians, House Of Fire, Sunsplit, Sunray, Louis Gordon, The Cush, The Deaths, God Is An Astronaut, Sennen, Mono In VCF, The Nova Saints, The December Sound, The Butterfly Explosion, Soundpool, Perfect Blue, The Telescopes, The Insect Guide, Mugstar, The Zen Circus & Brian Ritchie, Say, Hopewell, Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring, Aspen Woods, Hush The Many (Heed The Few).

    23 Oct 2008 Reply
  • TimpAtTamcom

    News on new album, "Moon Country." "We're going to be releasing the album in two parts, "Side A" and "Side B", because we like having silence between two pieces of music, the way it used to be on LPs. In our minds, this is not a double album, however on vinyl it will probably need two records. Let's not split hairs. We're planning a Canadian release in August/September, with other places to follow as we work out deals etc. Hope you like the new sounds!" - http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=6630563

    25 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Lardlad

    I haven't heard anything about their new album since mid-summer... has anybody else?

    5 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Lardlad

    I wish there was more information on their new album... I can't wait for it.

    27 Sep 2007 Reply
  • InASafePlace

    Winter Ghosts sounds like a tribute to The Dears to me...

    12 Mar 2007 Reply
  • thishannah

    i just fell in love with the first riff off of war of the wakening phantoms, and now the rest is claiming my heart as well.

    6 Mar 2007 Reply
  • jsldub

    I saw these guys up at the Hukah Lounge at Penn State. Best friggin show ever.

    8 Aug 2006 Reply
  • qabsent3

    my god, I think I've found a new favorite

    1 May 2006 Reply
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