High Vis have released their sophomore LP titled "Blending" via Dais Records, on September 30, 2022. The UK band play gripping, artful post-punk.. breaking from the same scene that spawned Chubby, Higher Power and The Chisel, while the band themselves have quickly grown a devoted following for their intense live shows, immediate lyrics that tackle themes from class politics to the challenges of everyday life.
On the new LP, High Vis take the best parts of post-punk, 90s brit pop/jangle pop/shoegaze, and 80s inspired emotional hardcore, sitting somewhere between the Stone Roses or Oasis if they'd churned out an anthemic punk/hardcore album with big melodies and hooks. You can also clearly hear the influence from bands like Fugazi, Echo and The Bunnymen, Ride, even Flock Of Seagulls, all shared reference points as the band worked on the album together. There's just as much 90s brit-pop as there is the sounds of 80s Manchester post-punk laced throughout the 9 songs, while still sounding hardcore-adjacent. This is definitely a band to keep an eye out for.
Checkout the album stream below for a band that is poised to breakout with their new LP.
About the new LP (official press release):
High Vis’s signature sound of aggressive, artful punk is as tough as any hardcore record, yet sonically opens beyond the parameters of any genre or scene. As the title of their highly anticipated new album suggests, Blending is about bringing all these new strands and elements into what the band are about at their core to forge something entirely new. Alongside longstanding favorites such as Fugazi and Echo and The Bunnymen; Ride and even Flock Of Seagulls were shared reference points as the band worked on the album together.
Blending has a more specific meaning that links to Sayle’s lyrics too, he explains, “The message of the album is you’re not who you’re told you are.You’re not your class background. Whatever it is, you’re not that. Don’t resign yourself to thinking you can’t be this and you can’t be that.”
While Blending shows High Vis’s sound blossoming even further from their exemplary 2019 debut No Sense No Feeling, the album represents another leap forward lyrically, too. Talking frankly about poverty and class politics, Sayle’s lyrics have always addressed the downtrodden and discarded communities across Britain slipping below the waterline. This time around, Sayle’s lost none of that social consciousness, but he’s looked at himself and his own emotional landscape, and in the process created something that feels more universal, that reaches a hand-out to people and ultimately gives a message of hope.
“0151” follows the release of Blending’s acclaimed singles / videos “Trauma Bonds”, the album’s title track, “Fever Dream” and “Talk For Hours”, which features guest vocals from Charlie Manning-Walker - aka Chubby Charles - of Chubby and the Gang and Jonah Falco of F*cked Up. Between them, the album's singles have received praise and support from the likes of Stereogum, NPR, Paste, Consequence, Revolver, The Fader, NME, Kerrang, Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music, Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music 1, Under The Radar, Loudwire, Exclaim! and more.