Five Questions With The Highsides

Vancouver, BC-based punk rock band, The Highsides released their new album, Some Pretty Dark Thoughts on February 14, 2020.

Check out the album below and find out more about the band via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hey friends! My name is Shane Alyward and I’m the singer and guitar player in the punk rock band The Highsides. We are based out of Vancouver Canada and are pushing ourselves to grow as a band every day. Our newest album “Some Pretty Dark Thoughts” was released 02/14/20.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

We play Punk Rock tunes!  For fans of, A Wilhelm Scream, The Flatliners, Hot Water Music, etc. I really tried to push myself lyrically on this record. “Some Pretty Dark Thoughts” tells a story of when I was at my lowest, with songs about battling depression and coping by self-medicating. It’s a bit of a dark journey. But I would say that the songs could be universally liked with catchy hooks and melodies that are maybe inspired by my earlier pop-punk days. Sing along with us!

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

Our next show is actually our Album release show which is happening March 6th at the Biltmore in Vancouver. And you can always expect a high energy performance at any of our shows. I’d love to see you there! Let’s have a drink after the show!

We will also be touring this May, which you can find all the details on our website.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

We did just release our newest single called “Starved” So go check out our music video on YouTube or listen to the single on Spotify or whichever music platform is your preference. It’s everywhere!!!

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Currently, my favourite Canadian band has to be PuP- morbid stuff was easily the best record that came out last year in my opinion. But I’m also a huge Flatliners fan, who are a great punk rock band based out of Toronto. So shout out to those dudes! We would love to have the opportunity to open for them next time they play Vancouver.

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