One High Five founder and primary songwriter David Sauer is an exception.
His band’s latest, Beardlip, was made during a mass exodus with David handling the bulk of the production and with some help from friends and local scene characters. On the album, David explores his experiences of enduring 5 lineup changes.
Yet, by just listening to the imaginatively-arranged, arty, hook-laden music inherent in this collection, you feel like the indie-punk party will rage on, even if David is the last man standing.
“Initially, I didn’t want to mention past members, but it’s a huge part of my story,” David shares. “Over the years, these lineup changes left me vulnerable with a warped sense of trust in myself. Being able to come to terms with that has been I think a lot of people can relate to wanting to be free of the self-doubt that prohibits them from moving forward. I am trying to refocus my journey and be a positive source of inspiration to myself and others."
One High Five doesn’t sugarcoat its truths, but it does sugarcoat its hooks. The Long Beach-based band counts as inspiration infectiously catchy tunesmiths such as Green Day, King Tuff, NOFX and T-Rex among others. Previously, band has issued a self-released debut album, a clutch of singles, and been featured on various compilation discs, films and commercial spots. One High Five has performed regionally and nationally, select live career highlights include appearances at CMJ and Broke LA.
Beardlip’s posits an intriguing duality of playful, almost unflinchingly, upbeat indie rock juxtaposed with heartfelt, honest, and literate lyrics. The album spans raved-up, neo-1960s garage rock, replete with organs and exuberant lead guitar (“Noisemaker”); raucously catchy, indie rock with unexpected dynamic twists and turns (“Fast Food”); and personal reflection tucked away in quirky neo-new wave pop rock (“Bones Of My Ancestors”). Among other terrain, the 12-song album also traverses stun-gun indie-funk, and artfully-warped rockabilly. Beardlip was mixed by Jonny Bell (Crystal Antlers, Hanni El Kathib), and mastered by Carl Saff (Sub Pop, Matador Records).
One High Five self released their first album, Here, Hear! to excellent reviews including “…classic rock and punk fervor become seamless” (OC Weekly) and “layered guitars and well-honed orchestration are at the core of their spell-bounding sound” (Indie Rock Cafe). The lead single, “Everybody Pull the Trigger” was featured on 106.7 KROQ’s Local’s Only where they were invited by KROQ to perform their debut show at the Viper Room. “How We Enjoyed Ourselves” was used over the end credits in the horror movie, “The Lost Lake.”