Tall Heights

Biography

Tall Heights

It’s been half a decade since Tall Heights kicked off their career in Boston’s Faneuil Hall, busking for more than 100 days to help fund their very first EP. Paul Wright would play cello, Tim Harrington would strum the acoustic guitar, and both bandmates would sing, their voices cutting through the noise of shoppers and tourists.

Since those days, the duo’s harmony-heavy indie folk has taken Tall Heights from the marketplaces of Massachusetts to stages across the country. They’ve toured America, released critically-acclaimed album, Man of Stone, and earned a spot on the same folk family tree as Simon & Garfunkel and Bon Iver. On 2015’s Holding On, Holding Out, though, the duo widen their reach significantly, beefing up their sound with electronics, synthesizers, drums loops, Casio keyboards, and plenty of shimmer and shine. It’s a record of exploration and expansion, with Tall Heights building something towering on top of their folksy foundation.

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“This record feels like a new birth for us,” says Harrington, a Boston native who grew up singing in the same local choirs as Wright. “We’re sounding different. It’s not because we were bored; it’s because we were street performers who learned how to create beautiful moments as a duo, but then we became a nationally-touring act. We saw the country, we broadened our horizons. Suddenly, we weren’t the artists we were before. But a lot of what we learned on the street still rings true to our approach today, so this record is a growth, rather than a left-hand turn.”

Recorded at Color Study studio in Goshen, Vermont, Holding On, Holding Out was partially inspired by the music that poured out of Tall Heights’ car speakers during the long drives from show to show. The guys found themselves listening to a wide array of sounds as they hurtled across the country, but they zeroed in on Icelandic music, taking influence from the sonic sweep of Sigur R&ocute;s and the electronic percussion of Ásgeir. The music of Iceland’s underground was deep, dark and cinematic, able not only to deliver a melody, but to cast a mood, too. Harrington and Wright were also influenced by their hometown Boston music scene, specifically their friends and peers in Darlingside and the Ballroom Thieves. Months later, while recording their own EP, Tall Heights used all of it as inspiration, and allowed their intimate indie-folk to grow into something bigger and bolder. It was a natural growth — the sound of two musicians amplifying their music to its fullest potential, exploring some new territory along the way.

“We’re singing together more than ever before,” Wright adds. “Throughout all of Holding On, Holding Out, there are only a few places where only one person is singing without the other. There’s a lot of perfect unison, too: just two people singing the same note at the same time, fusing their voices into a sound that’s bigger than the sum of its parts. I think that’s the biggest difference between this project and the last project. We’re not just harmonizing; we’re singing together all the time.”

Holding On, Holding Out also draws a line between humans’ relationships with each other and their environment. It’s a call to be more present and conscious, especially with things we all hold dear — family, love, our planet — are at stake. At its core, though, Holding On, Holding Out is a blast of exploration and electricity from a group that previously did some of its best work unplugged. It’s progressive and propulsive, shining a light not only on where Tall Heights have been before, but where they’re going.


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“Spirit Cold” passes 10 million Spotify streams

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From the band: “‘Spirit Cold’” has taken us on an incredible ride from our practice space, to the TV screen, and just today passing 10 million Spotify streams on the older EP version (add the 2 up and we’re almost at 20 mill!). We’re humbled and honored that the song has meant so much to you too.

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Date City Venue Country
11/30/17 Portland, ME Empire United States
Time: 9:30pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 575 Congress St. Buy Tickets
12/21/17 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair United States
Time: 8:30pm. Address: 52 Church St. Buy Tickets
01/31/18 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge United States
Time: 8:00pm. with Judah & the Lion Buy Tickets
02/01/18 Baton Rouge, LA The Varsity Theatre United States
Time: 8:00pm. with Judah & the Lion Buy Tickets
02/02/18 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theater United States
Time: 8:00pm. with Judah & the Lion Buy Tickets
02/03/18 Oklahoma City, OK The Jones Assembly United States
Time: 8:00pm. with Judah & the Lion Buy Tickets
02/05/18 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren United States
Time: 8:00pm. with Judah & the Lion and Colony House Buy Tickets
02/06/18 Anaheim, CA House of Blues United States
Time: 7:00pm. with Judah & the Lion and Colony House Buy Tickets
02/08/18 Los Angeles, CA The Belasco Theatre United States
Time: 7:00pm. with Judah & the Lion and Colony House Buy Tickets
02/09/18 San Diego, CA House of Blues United States
Time: 7:00pm. with Judah & the Lion and Colony House Buy Tickets
02/10/18 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues United States
Time: 6:00pm. with Judah & the Lion and Colony House Buy Tickets
02/12/18 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore United States
Time: 8:00pm. with Judah & the Lion and Colony House Buy Tickets
02/14/18 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades United States
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02/16/18 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo United States
Time: 8:00pm. with Judah & the Lion and Colony House Buy Tickets
02/17/18 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom United States
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02/18/18 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory United States
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02/19/18 Portland, OR Roseland Theater United States
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02/21/18 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue United States
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02/23/18 St. Paul, MN Palace Theatre United States
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02/24/18 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater United States
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02/28/18 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre United States
Time: 8:00pm. with Judah & the Lion and Colony House
03/01/18 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre United States
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03/02/18 Orlando, FL Hard Rock United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 5800 Universal Boulevard.
03/03/18 Tallahassee, FL The Moon United States
Time: 7:30pm. with Judah & the Lion and Colony House Buy Tickets
03/05/18 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s United States
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03/06/18 Madison, WI Orpheum Theater United States
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03/07/18 Grand Rapids, MI The Stache United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 133 Grandville Ave. Buy Tickets
03/08/18 Detroit, MI Saint Andrews Hall United States
Time: 7:00pm. with Judah & the Lion and Colony House Buy Tickets
03/09/18 Toronto, ON The Phoenix Concert Theatre Canada
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03/11/18 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre Canada
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03/13/18 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall United States
Time: 8:00pm. with Judah & the Lion and Colony House Buy Tickets
03/15/18 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 64 N 9th St. Buy Tickets
03/16/18 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore United States
Time: 8:00pm. with Judah & the Lion and Colony House Buy Tickets
03/18/18 Norfolk, VA The NorVa United States
Time: 7:00pm. with Judah & the Lion and Colony House Buy Tickets
03/20/18 Columbus, OH The Basement United States
Time: 8:00pm. Presented by WCBE Buy Tickets
03/21/18 Cleveland, OH House of Blues United States
Time: 7:00pm. with Judah & the Lion and Colony House Buy Tickets
03/22/18 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre United States
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03/24/18 St. Louis, MO The Pageant United States
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04/11/18 Knoxville, TN The Mill & Mine United States
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04/12/18 Knoxville, TN The Mill & Mine United States
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04/13/18 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel United States
Time: 8:00pm. with Judah & the Lion and Colony House Buy Tickets
04/14/18 Greensboro, NC Cone Denim Entertainment Center United States
Time: 7:00pm. with Judah & the Lion and Colony House
04/16/18 Washington D.C. 9:30 Club United States
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04/19/18 Birmingham, AL Sloss Furnaces United States
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