High Child was formed over a decade ago at a school in South Derbyshire, UK. The line-up has changed so many times that only one member of the original band remains. The band initially played covers of 60s pop and 90s Britpop, and these styles soon influenced their original songs. High Child began busking and selling home-made demo CDs in 2003. To date, they have sold over 8,000 CDs this way. Their official debut album, Yesterday Today, was ranked #3 in Music Connection Magazine's 'Top 25 New Music Critiques' of 2008, and they have just completed their second official album.
The lineup at High Child includes Alastair 'Spud' MacBain - vocals, rhythm guitar; Alex Plowright - keyboards, backing vocals; Chris Gilmer - drums; Jafar Hassan - lead guitar; and Sam Dyer - bass, backing vocals.
Soft, meaningful indie pop song with a slight Stone Roses influence in the verses. Gradually builds up, with more and more instruments added each verse. Very simple instrumentation at the start, with subtle rhythmic synths. The ending features an orchestral buildup to a big climax. Positive vibe. Male Vocals, Rock, Pop Rock
Bold rock song with a rhythmic guitar riffs and driving drums. Edgy and raw, but not too dark. Powerful vocals, particularly in the choruses. Features a long instrumental breakdown before the final chorus. The initial riff is repeated before each verse and also ends the song. Male Vocals, Rock, Pop Rock
Fast and furious rock song with driving electric guitars. Features lo-fi vocals, bluesy riffs and several false endings. Britpop sound, mixed with a bit of 80s power rock. The very fast pace helps to keep the adrenaline pumping. The ending builds up to a climax with more and more stacked vocals. Male Vocals, Rock, Pop Rock
Relaxing soft indie rock song. Starts with synth drone, strumming guitars & soft vocals, building with more synths and a bell, and a powerful vocal backed up with strings. Three sections are repeated with a guitar solo at the end. Dramatic, upbeat, vibrant and dreamy. Happy, romantic, kind & dreamy. Male Vocals, Pop, Soft Pop
Grooving riff-based rock track with driving guitars, powerful vocals and pumping drums. Raw, British sound with retro and blues influences. Features a couple of ringing musical stabs before each chorus and a keyboard breakdown before an explosive final round of the chorus, with added lo-fi vocals. Male Vocals, Pop, Pop Rock
Relaxing, ambient indie track with processed drums and calm fingerpicked guitar. Soft vocals over broken piano chords and various synth pads. After the first chorus, retro drums kick in. The final chorus has lots of ambient synth sounds, with an instrumental melody. Soulful, touching and tender. Male Vocals, Pop, Soft Pop
Groovy rock track with a retro feel. Starts off with atmospheric sound effects, followed by a dirty bass riff that drives the song. Features funky electric piano and electric guitars, along with retro synths and grooving drums. Middle 8 builds to a climax, followed by a guitar and bongo breakdown. Male Vocals, Rock, Pop Rock
Bold, soaring indie song with a fast beat, driving electric guitars and vintage synths. Builds up from a simple piano and bass accompaniment to full band, with strings and a childrens' choir. Features an instrumental breakdown before the final chorus, with a 90s Britpop sound. Male Vocals, Rock, Pop Rock
Vibrant psychedelic indie rock with 60s pop influences. Features a retro vocal melody, doubled by the bass guitar in the verses. The memorable choruses feature call-and-response phrases, with synth and bass riffs. There's a serene piano and vocal breakdown just before the explosive final chorus, Male Vocals, Rock, Pop Rock
Unusual psychedelic song, with relaxing picked electric guitar and piano chords. Deep, thoughtful sound with phased drums and powerful lyrics. Second verse has a surprise half-time feel and the unorthodox middle 8 leads to a big, uplifting climax with rising chords. Very hypnotic. Male Vocals, Rock, Psychedelic Rock