Fronted by Jessica Louise Dye, the NYC-based indie rock quartet High Waisted formed in 2014 and have quickly developed a reputation for a sound that possesses elements of old school surf rock, lo-fi garage rock and rock and for DIY concerts/booze cruises, tiki style pig roasts and acid trip pizza parties. And with the release of their Acid Tapes Vol. 2 mixtape, the NYC-based surf quartet captured the attention of NME, who named them one of a “buzz band to watch.”
Building on that buzz, High Waisted will be releasing their anticipated, full-length debut effort On Ludlow on March 4, and the album, which was recorded at Woodstock, NY-based Dreamland Recording Studios and produced by renowned producer Bryan Pugh will likely cement the quartet’s burgeoning reputation for scuzzy, party-jam rock. In fact, On Ludlow‘s latest single and video”Party In The Back”largely draws on some of the actual experiences of the band — mainly of hard partying across Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Clocking in at a little over 2 minutes, the song features Dye’s sweetly sung vocals are paired with scuzzy, lo-fi surf rock chords, a propulsive rhythm section and a great guitar solo at the song’s bridge. If it weren’t for the song’s hyper modern lyrical and thematic concerns, you might have easily mistaken it for a song released in 1962; but no matter, it’s the song of song you’d want to drink too much and do the twist, the mashed potatoes and party until you black out somewhere.
As the band’s Jessica Louise Dye explains of the recently released music video’s concept, “It’s a typical night out for my bandmates and I in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The theme for our debut album and this video, stay true to the sentiment that, ‘good girls are bad girls who don’t get caught.’ I’ve been lucky to surround myself with talented, inspirational, and beautiful women. This video celebrates the right we girls have to dance, scream, skin our knees, hold hands, and most importantly, to feel sexy.” Girl power, indeed, huh?
The band will be on tour throughout the rest of the month and into early February — including an NYC area stop. Check out tour dates below.
1/24 – Milwaukee, WI – Boone & Crockett
1/25 – Minneapolis, MN – Hexagon Bar
1/26 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
1/28 – Chicago, IL – Mothers
1/29 – Columbus, OH – Six 3 Collective
1/30 – Athens, OH – House Party
1/31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit
2/1 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung-Fu Necktie
2/2 – Washington DC – Dead Kennedy Center
2/4 – New York, NY – Baby’s All Right