If you don’t think social media has any place in music, then check out this story. Guitarist/vocalist Matthew Mosca was living in Utah, when he sent bassist Jacob Grabner a Twitter DM (direct message, if you don’t know). Once Matthew moved back to Las Vegas, the pair started jamming, and recruited drummer Lyle Carter – this time using a more old fashioned method: posting ads on the board of the local guitar centre. High Sierra Club was born, and the trio played their first gig in April 2018.
Their approach is to learn about your problems by shouting about them – it may sound counter-intuitive, but according to Matthew Mosca, it works:
“It’s all in the name of growth. Most all of us desire to be better people in some way, whether it be for us or others.”
High Sierra Club take their influence from emo bands such as Tiny Moving Parts, or American Football, and their blend of indie/punk/emo would fit perfectly at festivals such as Warped Tour. Their sound is the sort that makes you want to scream out all your frustrations while you’re moshing hard in the pit. Good stuff!
High Sierra Club released their debut self-titled on December 13, and the first single, ‘Waiting’, is a track about feeling consumed by thoughts, and overwhelmed by responsibility and the choices that come with adult life. The song is paired with a music video shot inside a concrete basin, oddly shaped, with walls twenty feet high. Situated in Las Vegas, there was a 0% rain forecast that day, making the sky feel even higher than it was, and the walls loom ominously. The band convey this sense of waiting for catharsis, and yet it never happens; watching the video we wonder how they got into the cavity, and even more, how will they get out.
Check out High Sierra Club on Twitter, and watch the video for ‘Waiting’: