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We are very excited to announce that our new live-album ‘Rose Will Fall – Mixtape’ was selected for JamBase: Release Day Picks!
Southern California quartet The Higgs return with their second live album, a compilation entitled Rose Will Fall – Mixtape. The new live record follows the band’s 2018 release, Live From the Crazy Horse Saloon. True to mixtape form, The Higgs are gifting those who order Rose Will Fall – Mixtape on CD with a limited number of cassettes of the album.
“As far as the concept for the album, we decided that before we do our first big studio LP we wanted to put out another double live record,” keyboardist Jesse Jennings explained. “We realized that a lot of our friends and our fans were digging the live aspect of our band, cause we’re a jam band and that’s what it’s all about. So we decided to take a compilation of different shows and do a mixtape-like type of concept. We thought it would be fun and interesting to do as well as a cool way to release a live compilation of some of our favorite performances over the past year.”
“There’s a mix of older and newer material,” guitarist John Lovero added about the record’s content. “Some of the songs were really new when we recorded this stuff and some of them could have been like five years old. So it’s kind of a blend of everything.” The Higgs also included choice covers from Pink Floyd and The Band.
To mix the raw recordings, The Higgs tapped J.P. Hesser (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Circles Around The Sun) of Cast Away 7 Studios.
“JP has an amazing studio in Ventura, California that we visited a couple times to dial in the mixes,” Lovero recalled. “He did a great job and is so easy to work with. The people that have gone through that studio are pretty legendary. So we were really happy to get the mixing done by him and that’s why the recordings sound so phenomenal.” Louie Teran (The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band) and George Shaw mastered the record at Century 22 Studios.
The Higgs previewed Rose Will Fall – Mixtape with lead single “Late Night,” which JamBase premiered in February, and follow-ups “Rhyme Or Reason” and the 30-minute epic “Rose Will Fall,” which arrived as “Part 1” and “Part 2” along with accompanying live videos. Listen to the entire album below:
Shout out to Live For Live Music and Kel for letting you all gnow about our NEW ALBUM ‘Rose Will Fall – Mixtape’ ❤️ Can’t wait to see what the future holds! Still holding on another day!!
Photo by: Adam Johnson
Southern California’s The Higgs, known as the “Los Angeles Jammers”, have released a new live compilation album titled, Rose Will Fall – Mixtape. The album’s arrival on Friday follows the previous release of singles that the band shared over the last month including “Late Night”, “Rhyme Or Reason”, and “Rose Will Fall (Parts 1 & 2)”.
Curated from tracks played in 2019, The Higgs hit the road ferociously last year with this idea in mind. The venues they played served as the studios and their fans the producers, culminating in what they call, the “Moontower.” The band enlisted J.P. Hesser (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Circles Around The Sun) of Cast Away 7 Studios for album mixing purposes, as well as Louie Teran and George Shaw (The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band) at Century 22 Studios for mastering.
“We decided that before we do our first big studio LP we wanted to put out another double live record,” keyboardist Jesse Jennings explained in a press release. “We realized that a lot of our friends and our fans were digging the live aspect of our band, cause we’re a jam band and that’s what we’re all about. So we decided to take a compilation of different shows and do a mixtape-like type of concept.”ADVERTISING
According to guitarist John Lovero, the album is a combination of songs new and old, and includes covers of Pink Floyd‘s “Breathe” and The Band‘s “Don’t Do It”.
“Some of the songs were really new when we recorded this stuff,” Lovero continued. “Some of them could have been like five years old. So it’s kind of a blend of everything.”In addition to uploading the album to streaming sites, The Higgs have physical copies for sale on the band’s website. Each CD will also come with a limited edition double cassette tape while supplies last. Listen to the entire album below:
The Higgs recently wrapped up a run with Twiddle in Southern California and Salt Lake City, UT, during which they made a generous donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the late Kobe Bryant’s name. They were also set to hit the road with Buffalo-bred groovers Aqueous on the West Coast and in the Rocky Mountain region but the dates were postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Live For Live Music PREMIERE: The Higgs Share Jam-Heavy Pro-Shot Video For “Rose Will Fall (Part 2)” [Watch]
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Southern California’s cosmic quartet, The Higgs, began releasing a series of live singles over the past month. The Higgs, or as many of their fans affectionately refer to them, the “Los Angeles Jammers”, have recently shared both “Late Night” and “Rhyme Or Reason” ahead of today’s “Rose Will Fall (Part 1)”, which the band shared earlier in the day.
“Rose Will Fall (Part 2)” will be the final single set for release ahead of the forthcoming live compilation album, Rose Will Fall – Mixtape, which is due out March 20th. In true mixtape fashion, the Higgs plan on gifting fans who order Rose Will Fall – Mixtape on CD a limited number of cassette tapes. Replete with raw emotion, excellent storytelling, and exploratory jam sections, Rose Will Fall – Mixtape prominently displays the band’s approach to songwriting and crafting an energetic live experience.
Today, Live For Live Music is excited to premiere The Higgs’ new live single, “Rose Will Fall (Part 2)”, and the accompanying pro-shot video recorded live from the Moontower Soirée 2019. Part two of “Rose Will Fall” serves as the epilogue to part one, and together they form a monstrous, 30-minute tale of fading love and the spark that comes with finding it once more.ADVERTISING
“The reason the song is split up into two parts is that the first part is the beginning and the middle of a story,” guitarist John Lovero explained. “And the second part is the end of the story, the outcome.”
The two parts are, of course, inextricably related, but also highlight different emotions. Lovero remarked,
[Part 2] kind of has a triumphant ending, whereas Part 1 is more of a roller coaster ride where you’re going through ups and downs. But then you come out to the other side, which is the light at the end of the tunnel, a beautiful bliss moment with an epic jam and really good vibes. I see it as the phoenix rising from the ashes.
Below, embark on The Higgs’ epic, half-hour journey with “Rose Will Fall” (Parts 1 & 2).
The Higgs – “Rose Will Fall (Part 1)”
The Higgs – “Rose Will Fall (Part 2)”
The Higgs recently wrapped up a run with Twiddle in Southern California and Salt Lake City, UT, during which they made a generous donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the late Kobe Bryant’s name. Following a spring run that will see them play some select venues in the Gulf Coast, The Higgs will make several festival appearances throughout the summer, including The Hog Farm Hangout, 4 Peaks Music Festival, and High Sierra Music Festival. Scroll down for a full list of tour dates. The Higgs encourage fans to head to the band’s website to stay up-to-date regarding any postponements, tour announcements, tickets, and additional information.
The Higgs 2020 Tour Dates
4/29 – Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box
4/30 – Jackson, MS – Martin’s Downtown
5/1 – New Orleans, LA – 18th Annual Bayou Rendezvous during New Orleans Jazz Fest
6/12 – Laytonville, CA – The Hog Farm Hangout 2020
6/18 – Bend, OR – 4 Peaks Music Festival 2020
7/2 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival
🔵TOUR STORIES INTERVIEW🔵 Shout out to Lizzie Morelli for the write up in Tour Stories! This includes an interview with John Lovero!
Photo by: Adam Johnson
WORDS BY LIZZIE MORELLI
The Higgs came to Phoenix again on Saturday and they delivered quite the set to an excited crowd. The band has developed a big following in the valley and most of the attendees had left McDowell Mountain Music Festival to catch the show at Last Exit Live. Each of the four members bring something different to the table, John Lovero (Guitar/Vocals), Garrett Morris (Drums), David Barsky (Bass/Vocals), and Jesse August Jennings (Keys/Organ/Synth).
The setlist delivered some favorites, offering up a cover of The Disco Biscuits song “Portal To An Empty Head”. If you’re a fan of The Disco Biscuits and you hear the beginning of that song you get all the feels. I ran in from the outside section of the club to make sure my spot was secured.
Alongside songs on their own they also strategically placed a cover of the Spafford song “Leave the Light On”. This was a good move by The Higgs to pay homage to the band that put Phoenix on the map in terms of jam bands . The song also holds a special meaning for me because my fiancé wrote it. Most of the fans in the building were also avid Spafford fans and this was extremely well received. They did the song justice by jamming it out. The song is a catchy tune but is also a pretty bad ass jam vehicle and The Higgs took it there. Well done!
Outside of song selection the band is comprised of truly talented musicians. John Lovero’ s voice is something to write home about. It carries you through the song, which for people who don’t focus solely on instrumental intricacies (I know, the horror!) this aspect makes things extra enjoyable. The Higgs are always fun, and it was good to see them again. They are currently on their 50/50 Tour supporting Twiddle and Aqueous.
We asked guitarist John Lovero some questions following the show and here is that conversation.
An Interview with John Lovero
Tour Stories: Are you in the process of writing music?
John Lovero: We are constantly in the process of writing music. There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not thinking about song ideas and how to take our live show to the next level. Whether it is working out ideas at home or honing in on certain sections in the studio, this band is constantly pushing the envelope to create a better songs.
Tour Stories: Is there an album coming out?
John Lovero: Maybe…
Tour Stories: The last single was a live release, are there any plans to record in the studio?
John Lovero: Absolutely. At the end of the day The Higgs is a live band. Our music is best interpreted in a live setting. But the value of a full length studio album is huge. There is something to be said about getting around those microphones and creating the ideal version of a song. Definitely be focusing on studio material in the future.
Tour Stories: What are you looking most forward to this festival season?
John Lovero: Meeting the wonderful audience members, the incredible musicians, and all of the people who help make these things happen. Our involvement in the community is a driving factor in why we want to be a part of amazing festivals and our gift to these people is our music.
Tour Stories: How are you evolving as a band? And how has touring more helped you grow?
John Lovero: We are evolving as a band by learning and growing. There are a million things that go into having any sort of success in this industry, and overtime we are striving to work out all the kinks as a business. The things that we’ve learned about keeping a band on the road are of extreme importance and value. Our music is changing by becoming more mature and advanced than music we have performed in the past. Touring is what teaches you right from wrong. Keep your eyes peeled and touring will inform you.
Tour Stories: What inspires you off the road? What is the hardest part of being on the road?
John Lovero: What inspires me off the road is my family. The hardest part about being on the road it’s being away from my family.
Tour Stories: What makes a “great” show?
John Lovero: Energy. When the band, the crowd, the lighting designer, the sound engineer and everyone else involved with the concert are functioning at a high-level the show is phenomenal. It’s hard to deny passion.
Tour Stories: Any pinch me moments yet?
John Lovero: There have been many, but Recently a major highlight was being able to jam with Mihali and Ryan from twiddle! It’s exciting to jam with guys from bands in the scene that you look up to.
Tour Stories: What do you want our readers to know about The Higgs?
John Lovero: That we are a hard-working group of guys that are striving to bring a high-level show to each town we go to. We are constantly learning and applying our new skill sets to our performance.
Tour Stories: Why is music important?
John Lovero: Music is important because it creates community and spreads positivity among people who are searching for such things. Music can pull you from your lowest lows up to high points in your life.
Photo: Kendra Muecke
Fans of the jam-rock band Twiddle and accompanying show-stopping act, The Higgs, descended onto Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA on Friday for a sold-out show at the iconic Troubadour. Known for their genre-fusion, positive lyrics, and tempo changes, Twiddle packed the house, reminding fans that there may be an ‘i’ in friends, but we’re much better together.
To open the evening, The Higgs ran the show through a gambit, beginning with Pink Floyd‘s, “In The Flesh”, which felt spacey, yet grounded. The Higgs have that kind of gutsy low sound that keeps the song weighted. Next was an original, “Meet My Baby”, that has funky feels and underscoring twang. With a reggae transition, the band went into “Progressing Regressing”. Relishing in the jam, Garrett Morris on the drums cut through with chopped cymbals. With a quick break between songs, John Lovero (guitar/vocals) greeted the happy crowd and mentioned that 100-percent of the proceeds for the night’s merchandise sold will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in honor of Kobe Bryant.
Next the band, which also features David Barsky (bass/vocals), and Jesse August Jennings (keys/organ/synth) in addition to Lovero and Morris, lead into the recent single, “Rhyme or Reason”, and they made it look easy. With a jovial and lighthearted sensibility, “Dude Wears Socks” was played with Lovero on the vocals. There were moments of double-time in “DWS”, and it’s clear, The Higgs are a band with a strong emphasis on instrumentation. Exciting the crowd in preparation for the next act, Twiddle keyboardist Ryan Dempsey joined the opening band on the keytar for a bit. To close out a great introduction to the night, The Higgs busted out the ending to classic rock song “Layla” by Derek and the Dominos.
Twiddle, comprised of Mihali Savoulidis (guitar/vocals), Dempsey, Brook Jordan (percussion/vocals), and Zdenek Gubb (bass/vocals), began their two-set show with “Every Soul”. A feel-good hit inspiring freedom and dreams, the song has a bluegrass mountain feel. Next the band went into a progressive jam of “Brown Chicken Brown Cow”, airing toward backyard folk-rock. Dempsey on the keys kept the lower notes moving along with Gubb on bass. Mihali shined through on the guitar, as they took us back into “Every Soul”. The lyrics serve as guiding posts to the listener through Mihali’s vibrato and pleasant-to-listen-to voice in “Be There”.
The next song, “Blunderbuss”, began with a speedy drum roll by Jordan with the rest of the band joining in for an ’80s rock feel. With jumps between syncopated rhythm, the band alternated between time signatures. Then came the joyful crowd favorite, “White Light”, that had everyone singing along in celebration. Singer Mary Corso joined for “Angel from Montgomery” by Bonnie Raitt to close set one.Set two began with grungy, hard-rock vibes and a good deal of mojo. With steam behind them, Twiddle roared in with “Zazu’s Flight”, where there was tension and release with Gubb on the bass. Transcending tempo, the band went into “Doinkinbonk”, then the funky “Just Gravy”, and back into “Doinkinbonk III”. There was a thoughtful lead in by Mihali back into “Zazu’s Flight”, followed by “Beethoven and Greene”, which incited a sing-a-long from the crowd as the song’s upbeat clasping on the high hat inspired dancing all around. Twiddle ended the second set with the melodic and heartfelt “Lost in the Cold”. For the encore, Corso returned to the stage to sing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.
Twiddle is headed up to Stateline, NV for a co-headlining show with Nahko And Medicine For The People on Sunday, March 8th. For tickets and a full list of dates, head to their website.
Scroll down to check out a gallery of photos from photographer Kendra Muecke.
Setlist: The Higgs | Troubadour | Los Angeles, CA | 3/6/20
Set: In The Flesh (Pink Floyd), Meet My Baby > Progressing Regressing, Rhyme or Reason, Dude Wears Socks, Layla (Derek and the Dominos) % #.
Setlist: Twiddle | Troubadour | Los Angeles, CA | 3/6/20
Set one: Every Soul > Brown Chicken Brown Cow > Every Soul, Be There, Blunderbuss, White Light, Angel From Montgomery (Bonnie Raitt)*
Set two: Zazu’s Flight > Doinkinbonk > Just Gravy > Doinkinbonk III > Zazu’s Flight, Beethoven and Greene, Lost in the Cold
Encore: Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)*
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# with Ryan Dempsey
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Photo by Adam Johnson
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We’re excited to announce that JamBase has debuted our latest single “Late Night”.
The Higgs shared a live single, “Late Night,” captured at the Moontower Soirée in 2019. JamBase is pleased to premiere the new live track from the Southern California quartet.
A statement from the band described the musicality of “Late Night” as “like a hike into the mountains, steadily gaining elevation but always dipping through dells and valleys, altering your walking cadence, timing that boulder jump just right. In other words, constantly changing and evolving but always with an eye on the mountaintop.”
Guitarist and vocalist John Lovero also spoke about the genesis of the song:
The band went through some changes about four years ago. We had a completely different lineup. Garrett [Morris] was playing drums but we had a few other members, a different bassist and other guitar players. Then, we signed [David] Barsky on as bassist and we got Jesse [Jennings] on keys. So we kind of had this whole rebirth of the band. When that happened, we got super hungry as we still are today. We got really into the songwriting process and the process of playing and performing. Our sound started to evolve and we started to see some progress in our fanbase, people were starting to come out and the hard work was really starting to show.
Because of that, I was partaking in some celebrations. I got to a point where I was starting to notice that doing too much of the celebrating was becoming a hindrance to what we were striving to do. So I decided that it wasn’t really for me and the song is almost kind of satirical in that way.
“‘Late Night’ is one of my favorite songs that we get to play in the group,” keyboardist Jesse Jennings added. “Whenever it comes up on the setlist, I’m pumped. The timing is really interesting. It’s a really well-written song and one of my favorite originals, really unique.”
Set your dates and make your plans! We will be joining Twiddle & Aqueous for a bunch of dates!
March 5th Belly Up, Solana Beach CA. *
March 6th Troubadour, Los Angeles CA. *
March 7th Last Exit Live, Phoenix AZ.
March 10th The Commonwealth Room SLC UT. *
March 12th The Sand Dollar LV, Las Vegas NV.
March 15th Felton Music Hall, Felton CA. +
March 18th Humbrews / Humboldt Brews, Arcata CA. +
March 19th Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR. +
March 20th Volcanic Theatre Pub, Bend OR. +
March 21st The Olympic , Boise ID
March 25th Rialto Theatre, Bozeman MT. +
March 26th The State Room, Salt Lake City UT. +
March 27th Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins CO. +
March 28th The Lariat in Buena Vista, Buena Vista CO.
March 29th Mesa Theater, Grand Junction CO.
+ Supporting Aqueous