Having played shows with the likes of Phantom Planet, All Time Low, Mayday Parade, Quietdrive, Ace Enders and others, Pennsylvania's Hopes High are on the brink of big things with a new EP set to be released on Valentines Day and much more.
After drummer Steve Tippeconnic was given to opportunity to intern at an LA studio, the band soon relocated and have since been recording in the same studio where the likes of 3OH!3, The Maine and All Time Low recorded recent material. As a result the band have been working hard with producer and studio boss, Larry Goetz on the new EP.
With a sound that is stylistically similar to the likes of All Time Low; Hopes High provide plenty of hook-filled numbers that are instantly favourable.
'Move Stop Wait' by Hopes High
For Fans Of: All Time Low, The Maine and Forever The Sickest Kids
Alter The Press: Why should Alter The Press! readers check you out?
Hopes High: Because we have a story that YOU have definitely never heard before. We’re a band from Pennsylvania, who ended up in Los Angeles recording in the same studio as All Time Low, The Maine, 3OH!3, Forever The Sickest Kids and many other artists.
ATP: What's the story behind the band?
HH: We all grew up in State College, Pennsylvania, home of Penn State University. We got together as a band during out junior and senior years of High School. We played around the town that year and managed to write around 10 or so songs that we felt were really unique to us. We did all the normal advertising on MySpace and Facebook at the time but during Steve, Jesse and Matt’s senior year something amazing happened. A producer from Nashville noticed us! His name was Charlie Kelley, a four time Grammy nominated producer, musician, and songwriter. He said he really liked our songs so he had us come down and record a 10 song CD in Nashville. It was unlike anything we’d ever done! We released the CD on iTunes and sold copies around town to great reception and reviews. Everything seemed to be going great until our drummer Steve decided that he wanted to go to a college called Full Sail in Orlando Florida. We were all pretty bummed because the band had been doing so well but we took a little break while he attended the school.
Before we knew it he had graduated and moved back. We all got back together and started playing gigs again. We all got so much better as a band and wrote more songs. And then the big break. Steve got offered an internship in Los Angeles to work at a recording studio. Of course he accepted the internship but little did we know this would be the best thing that could of happened to us. He moved out to Los Angeles and within half a year he had gotten the chance to be in the studio with artists such as All Time Low, 3OH!3, Forever The Sickest Kids, HIM and David Archuleta through assisting for producer Matt Squire. Also in his time there he became very close friends with the owner of the studio Larry Goetz. In the time that he was doing all of this the rest of the guys were back home practicing and writing songs. It didn’t take much time for Larry to realize that Hopes High had a lot of talent and everyone ended up moving out to Los Angeles when Larry agreed to produce and engineer our new EP. We have lived in LA about a year and a half now and our EP is going be released next month (Feb 2011). We just released the single song called “Move Stop Wait”. Hopefully exciting times are right around the corner for us! Keep a lookout for Hopes High!
ATP: Single highlight as a band so far?
HH: Our single highlight would definitely be the chance for us to move from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles to fully pursue our dreams with all of our families supporting us 110% of the way. It has been an amazing journey so far and we’re sure that there are many surprises around the corner.
ATP: What are your plans for the 12 months?
HH: Our plans for the next 12 months are to release the EP, promote, promote, promote, and hopefully land on a tour. So really our plans are to see YOU wherever you are.very soon.
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