Audible Review: American High Puts Out An Album With “Bones In the Attic, Flowers In The Basement”

60s-influenced Alternative Rock quartet American High have released their debut album “Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement.”

The Sacramento, California based band consider this release to be “an anti-war record.” According to them, the songs are their tries at trying to “put a human face on the costs of trying to force the world to do what [one wants] them to do.” To the band, “minding [their] own business” should be everyone’s priority in stead of “[pointing] guns at each other and [demanding] obedience,” and they’ve attempted to reinforce that belief through the music.

For their first release, American High has deviated from traditional song structure. Since they believe songs hold more interest if they can be seen in different ways, they have “[shunned] intro-chorus-intro-chorus-lead-chorus-exit blueprint” in favor of “freeform songs.” They set out to make each song “completely unique…with a totally different sound for each.”

One of the most notable tracks was “Sensei.” Opening with the beauty sounds of seagulls and waves, the 2-and-a-half-minute track essentially delves into living life carefree. The vocalist speaks of going to a place, “[learning] the food and the language,” and offering such an experience to someone else. Ultimately, Sensei is a great track about spontaneity and living life to the fullest.

One other standout track would be “Bunny.” The song presumably tackles issues of rescuing people who are less fortunate; the vocalist addresses this by using a metaphor of a “rabbit in [his] backyard.” Seeing them locked in, he has feelings of wanting to help; the main chorus has him tell the audience that he “would set them free [he] could.”

As aforementioned, the band strayed away from certain musical techniques, and Bunny showcases the group’s unconventionality and how it can work well.

American High consider their music to “an optimistic perspective on the personal, the social and the political.” Certainly, their debut comes at a very politically-charged time in many areas of the world, and the courage to release such a project (especially as an introduction to music audiences) should be honored.

The quartet is undoubtedly on their way to becoming a force within the music industry, and audiences all over the world are going to be excited to see what they have coming next. Until then, check out Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement!

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