Jangling guitars, hypnotic bass, and vocals coming down from heaven.

The High arrived in 1989 while Manchester was in the thrall of ‘Madchester’.

Andy Couzens, John Mathews, Simon Davis and Chris Goodwin decided a melodic guitar based sound was the direction they wanted to move into.

Ex Hacienda and Stone Roses manager Howard Jones and Legendary producer Martin Hannett were drafted in on management. Both of whom had worked with Andy Couzens during his time in The Stone Roses.

Early recording sessions produced a three track demo including “this is my world”, “up and down” and “a minor turn” resulting in every major record company rushing to see the bands first gig at The Ritz in Manchester (supporting The Inspiral Carpets).

The band signed to London Records in 1990.

London records, afraid of Martins Hannetts erratic behaviour called in John Williams to co- produce The Debut Album “Somwhere Soon” at Richard Bransons Manor Studio in Oxford, resulting in an album of rare Quality and clarity.

From the album three singles “up and down”; “take your time” and “box set go”, all became NME singles of the week and a sold out tour of the UK and Europe was to follow.


The NME said of The High:

“The High have got charisma, suss and world weariness all tied up in one and they write the most blissful, sun kissed individual pop songs”

Sounds said of Somewhere Soon:

“it is a work of art that contains only three words: short, simple and timeless. The High are one of those bands that’ve somehow slipped into times slipstream.”