Want to know more about Hightown Parade? Then check out their answers to our A-Z challenge!
A song that made you want to make music?
Chris – Meatloaf – Bat out of Hell
Chris -(guitars ) – Peter Gabriel – Red Rain
Galen – The Ace of Spades
Io –Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
Best rider you’ve had?
Galen – Frankincense, a new cape and burritos
Chris ( Guitar ) – Bowl of banana’s and energy drinks
Craziest moment you’ve experienced in the band?
Galen – Seeing this naked old man outside the window of the rehearsal room on the swings in a park.
Chris – Watching Galen on a running machine
Chris ( Guitar ) – Any journey with Chris driving
Deepest lyric one of your songs features?
Chris -. “The notion of euphoria is wasted and deprived after all he’s done, feeling so daunted, all that she wanted was a life”…the ‘her’ being the planet, the ‘he’ being humanity.
Easiest song you wrote?
Chris – ‘Leap Of Faith‘ was wrapped up surprisingly quickly, one of those ones that just write themselves.
Favourite song in your set?
Chris – Leap Of Faith
Chris ( guitar )– Desperate
Galen – Crime of The Century
Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?
Chris ( Guitar ) – Dave Lee Roth
Galen -Collab with Cool 3D World
Hardest thing about being in a band?
Chris – Finding a name
Galen – I don’t know it’s pretty chill
Io – Trying to stay on top of things (social media, rehearsals, gigs etc) and juggle that with other life activities.
Chris ( guitar) – Scheduling practices
Interesting fact about one of our members?
Galen – Mum is the vocal on Young Guns by Wham that Pepsi and shirlie ghosted and she sang the Toys’r’us jingle
Chris – I started my musical career at the age of 8 as a Meatloaf tribute act, dubbed as ‘Maltloaf’.
IO- Although my name consists of 2 letters no one in England can pronounce it correctly…
Jokes you have in the band?
Chris –Putting two unlikely Musical elements together is something we find incredibly entertaining and we exercise this in rehearsals quite often, much to any outside listeners dismay.
Chris ( Guitar ) – Pronouncing Io’s name
Key to writing a song
Chris -A song can be in ANY key you like
Io -Soul and truth
Chris ( Guitar ) – It either happens naturally or you persevere with your favourite ideas over time
Longest distance you’ve traveled to play a show?
Chris -London, far out man…
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
Chris -The way Bowie kept himself constantly out of his comfort zone inspired me greatly.
Galen – Michael Romeo. He drew me a picture of a wizard once.
Chris ( Guitar ) – Galen and his practice regimes
New band you’d recommend?
Chris -CLT DRP
Opening for this band would be ideal?
Chris -Meatloaf obviously…
Chris ( Guitar ) – Meatloaf of course
Galen – Dream Theater so I can steal Petrucci’s powers
Place you’d most like to tour?
Chris -America, Cali particularly. LA man.
Io -Whole world
Chris ( Guitar ) – Bring on Hightown LA
Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?
Chris -“Let me be your vacuum cleaner breathing in your dust…” – John Cooper Clarke
Galen – Don’t take anything too seriously.
Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?
Chris -Its about being stuck between two paths, and how just going with either one is the only way to move forward, its written about a friend in that situation
See us live at?
Io -check socials for up and coming shows
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
Galen – Everyone’s got the ability to put together albums in their bedrooms nowadays. Obviously there’s a lot less in terms of quality studio recordings but I’d trade that any day for giving everyone the chance to express themselves.
Chris ( Guitar) – Music is and has always been exciting you just need to look in the right places
Galen – We haven’t got any merch yet but there’s this Italian death metal band called Fleshgod Apocalypse who have their own brand pasta and wine.
Chris ( Guitar ) – Would love to have Hightown Parade expanding Flannels
Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?
Chris – Any of them with an orchestra
Galen – It’d be cool to have like a gospel choir on The World is Still Mine
Chris ( guitar ) – Acoustic
What do your fans mean to you?
Chris – Alot
Chris ( Guitar )– Anyone who gives our Music a listen means the world
X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?
Chris –None yet. We’re not Jackass.
You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?
Galen –A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to.
Chris (Guitar ) – Mine as I am too busy doing my make-up
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?