Hi-Gh Dances the Night Away

Speed metal act Hi-Gh have been hard at work doing various things as a band from playing shows, touring here and there and even writing and recording material for a new music and the future. The band gave us an insight on who they are and what we can expect.

1. Tell us the brief history of your band.

HI-GH was formed in Rome in early 2012 by Tommaso "Slowly" Cenci (bass and lead vocals) and Ovidio
"Smyley" Preja (drums and vocals), who both played in a thrash/black act HASTIGHED. Their idea was to start a speed metal band with thrash and punk influences. They soon talked about their plan to Marco "Psyki" Stamigna (guitar and vocals), who at that time was playing in another thrash band from Rome, REAKTOR. First they started to play covers of EXCITER, VENOM and TANK, and the chemistry was there, so Psyki soon joined the band. After some rehearsals, the three members began to write their own songs, like "Freeway Madness" and "You're Going Down". The next compositions were more complex and technical, and they decided they need another guitar to make these tracks alive, so Psyki called his friend Marco "RedEyes" Vitellone (guitar), who was playing with HYBRID FEAR. RedEyes agreed to try with them, and after a destructive night of weed and booze, satisfied, joined the band. HI-GH started to forge ahead like a well-oiled machine, and in a matter of a few weeks became an unstoppable force, ready to complete the songs for the first album. Night Dances was released on 5 April 2013. In the same day HI-GH played at the release party with Evil Invaders, Violentor and Fingernails! What a crazy night! HI-GH started touring more and more in Italy (The Raw Machine of Loudness tour), gaining respect and following in the underground scene. Now we're recording the new album for Metal On Metal Records, It will be titled "'Till Death And After" and will be released in July 2014.

2. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there?Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Absolutely yes! We play a lot of gigs all around Italy. And we have known a lot of crazy headbangers. What nights! We play with a lot of bands...I can speak about it for hours but we can raccomend bands like Last Rebels, Game Over, Baphomet's Blood, Ruler, Violentor, Vesper, Fingernails, National Suicide, Endovein, Asgard, Sign Of The Jackal, Terrorsaw, Axevyper, Explorer, Extirpation, Overcharged and so many more!

3. What type of band are you?

We are HI-GH dude! We love to play fast, heavy and loud with a made with care composition, with melodies and musically fist!

4. Why did you want to name the band Hi-Gh? What does it symbolize and represent for the band?

We decided to call the band HI-GH during a stoned night, we were all high... we spell it like (ai-gi-eich) and we said:" fuck! it's cool! "...and it rappresented us so much!

5. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

We are influenced by all good music! We love to listen so many different genre. We love 60's rock music (All born by Robert Johnson delta blues! He's the master), first 70's disco music, historical soundtracks and many more. But we love heavy metal!

I think that Judas Priest, Motorhead, Venom, Tank, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Exciter, Mercyful Fate, Thin Lizzy, Saxon, Darkthrone could be a good explanation, isn't it?! We love thrash metal music too: bands like early Megadeth and Metallica, Overkill, Slayer, Razor, Nuclear Assault, Kreator, Destruction and so many more! But stop talking about old and famous bands...we really love Inepsy (have a reunion guys...i please you!), Midnight, Ranger, Iron Curtain, Toxic Holocaust and Axxion too!

6. What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

In our songs we speak about themes like films (Star Wars and all historical masterpieces, all-day bullshits, death, war scenes and so many more matters.

7. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)

In the first full length we entered in rehearsal and we created a lot of riffs all together. In the new upcoming album we individualize our best personally capacities. Slowly has write almost all texts, RedEyes and Psyki have write almost all riffs and songs.

8. What's new in the recording of your music?

We want to create our sound. We're working with great recording systems. We're working again with Mirko Ravaglia (Panic! Studios) and he has been working well for our ideas.

9. What are your dreams and goals?

Our dreams is to work with our music! We dream that our music succeeds to arrive to more possible people! And play in front of a lot of crazy bangers!

10. What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?

Cause our music is essential! We compose what we like!

11. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can listen us on HI-GH YouTube channel
(http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwPQFfXoDW5QXyTtCnTsdxg) or on Reverbnation (www.reverbnation.com/highmetal) and you can buy our stuffs to our gigs or on our Ticktail page ( http://highspeedmerch.tictail.com/ ). Soon you can find us on Metal On Metal selling channel too.

12. What plans do you have for the near future as a band?

We will program our next tour in summer. We dream to play in all over the Europe...but first, our new album! I know that Till Death And After will like to a lot of people! I'm sure about it! So have crazy times, fun, joints, beer and so on!

13. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

I don't know about it...we all have a different ear listening! But i can say to the listener about listen us loud!

14. Any final words of wisdom?

Keep alive rock and roll! Like Lemmy says...It's the only true religion! Get fuck to all poser and gay metal subgenres! Find the true rock and roll attitude! Your soul can help you about it! HI-GH salute you and, as usual, thanks to all support our music!  You're the music maniacs!

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