The High Strung

The High Strung

Motor City natives Josh Malerman (guitar/vocals), Mark Owen (guitar/vocals), Stephen Palmer (guitar), Chad Stocker (bass) and Derek Berk (drums) comprise the founding lineup of the High Strung, whose music borrows equally from melodic power-pop and psychedelic garage rock. The guys who make up The High Strung grew up together in Michigan and have been best friends since they were kids.

The new year got off to an auspicious start for the High Strung and one of their novelist singers. Quiet Riots, the Detroit indie rock royalty's eighth studio album, is a powerful, witty, harmony-laden masterwork that hums, zooms, soars, and roars through 14 songs in 38 minutes

In conjunction with the album release, Josh Malerman became a household name in December 2018 when Netflix released the movie adaptation of his book Birdbox - with the Internet going mad over the Sandra Bullock-starring apocalyptic horror narrative. Now ingrained in pop culture history, penning a revolutionary sci-fi novel is not his first trip around the block.

But this is not the first dance for this group. The band formed nearly 20 years ago and has some impressive music credits. Anyone who ever watched “Shameless” will know the dark-pop theme song by The High Strung called “The Luck You Got.” 

‘Quiet Riots’ – Sgt. Pepper Meets The Kinks

The album has a cool throwback sound and blends a Sgt. Pepper-Kinks vibe with upbeat psychedelia.

Not surprising to know Malerman creates sounds reminiscent of the 1960s given his penchant for that era’s style, at least in storytelling.

As Berk puts it, the High Strung is "a life-long project" for every member. It's a story about a band's bond becoming something that's as tender as it is tenacious. It's the story about Owen's return after 12 years away. And the band's latest album is about two lyricists finally reuniting and bouncing ideas off each other again, as the band (which also features lead guitarist Stephen Palmer) soundtracks the melody-slung deciphering of the "quiet riots of the mind."

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