The High Violets formed after the demise of legendary Portland favorite the Bella Low, a band that played regularly with The Dandy Warhols. Lead guitarist Clint Sargent and drummer Luke Strahota picked up the pieces from that band's crash and put together a remarkable group of musicians to form the High Violets.
Influenced heavily by the sounds of MBV, Ride, Spaceman 3, Lush and the Cocteau Twins, the band soon developed a following. After a few early line-up changes they drafted in one of Portland's most amazing voices, Kaitlyn ni Donovan. Having an extremely successful solo career of her own, Kaitlyn immediately added the lush vocals and beautiful melodies the band needed. One self-released EP later and the band were in the studio recording their debut album "44 Down". The album definitely paved the way for a resurgence in the shoegazer sound and those that followed. Under the Radar Magazine and Magnet Magazine singled out the band and this album with full page feature articles after its release, noting its influence.
The High Violets new album "To Where You Are" was released nationwide in North America in 2006. Produced, engineered and mixed by Tony Lash (Dandy Warhols, Elliott Smith, Tahiti 80) and Jeff S. Saltzman (Sleater Kinnery, Stephen Malkamus), it took over three years to create and was well worth the wait. Press releases proclaimed Clint Sargent's layered guitars the standout feature and Kaitlyn ni Donovan's water color vocals the crowning jewel on the CD's shimmering sounds --"well crafted songs giving fans new and old a healthy dose of their soft and hard sides expertly mixed together". Portland's KINK Radio showcased the album on its Local Music Spotlight and Seattle Radio KEXP invited the band to perform a live podcast prior to their CD release.
The band completed a successful nationwhide tour in 2006 with performances at SXSW and Musicfest NW. While in Austin the band met Emmy-winning producer, director & editor, Dutch Rall, who worked with the band to produce a fantastic video of 'Invitation', and a mini documentary that recently aired on PBS.
Reverb Records will be releasing a limited edition EP with various re-mixes from "To Where You Are" in the next couple of months. It will feature re-mixes and new interpretations of songs by Carmen Rizzo (LA), Ulrich Schnauss (UK), Darren Ebert (Seattle), Antahkarana Music (Mexico City) and maybe another guest or two.
Jan/Feb 2007 News: "To Where You Are" was named best independent CD of the Year by UK's SkidMark. Reviewer, Mark Edwards said, "I can't say enough good stuff about this album... Simply the best independent CD heard here at SkidMark during 2006. The album also hit several top 10 lists. Among others, Music Directors, at KYMC and WMPG radio put the album in their Year End Top 10 as well as several blogs such as MusicRex and Moopare.