BioThe High Dials were formed in Montreal, Canada- members include Trevor Anderson (vocals/guitar), Rishi Dhir (bass/backing vocals/sitar), Robbie MacArthur (guitar), Robb Surridge (drums), and newest addition Eric Dougherty (keys). Sometime in 2001, the current line-up evolved out of a modish, three-piece incarnation known as the Datsons. They recorded a brilliant and eclectic CD of bright tones and textured arrangements ranging from soft, pastoral pop to groovy, garage rave-ups and everything cool in between. They were snatched up by NYC-based label Rainbow Quartz records very quickly, and “A New Devotion” was released worldwide in 2003. A New Devotion was more than just a plain old rock record. Like the great bands of the 60s they make no secret of admiring, the High Dials strung their little pop pearls into one long, glittering necklace: yep, a concept record with a hidden storyline! The 18 songs told the tale of a mysterious and troubled boy known only as "Silas" and his attempt to escape evil powers in a nightmarish city of the future. Drawing on everything from science-fiction, old comic books, movie soundtracks and psychedelia to Trevor’s garden- the album came off like some dark but beautiful kaleidoscopic cartoon.
A New Devotion won rave reviews and enjoyed college radio success in both Canada and the US. They got tons of airplay from Little Steven, a big fan, on his nationally syndicated radio show the Underground Garage. They hit the top 5 in Canada on the national college radio chart and cracked the U.S. top 50 reaching #42 on the CMJ Top 200 and #31 on the Core Top 75. They have generated a great buzz touring North America and the UK, with strong showcases at SXSW and CMJ, as well as past opening slots for the Zombies, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Cornershop, Supergrass, Kaiser Chiefs and Sloan. In 2004 they released a 6-song EP, "Fields in Glass" with remixes of the title song by Davy Love and Will Caruthers (Spaceman 3, Spiritualized) and Mike Musmanno (Lilys). They performed at Little Steven's Underground Garage Festival in New York with the Strokes, the Stooges and New York Dolls. In March 2005, the New York Post and Spin magazine both listed them as one of the top ten "must-see" bands at SXSW.
For two years, the High Dials have been secretly working on their highly anticipated follow-up. They recorded tracks in rehearsal spaces, barns, apartments and Blue Rodeo`s Toronto studio before finally deciding to join forces with Joseph Donovan (the Dears, Marlowe) as co-producer in Montreal. The end result is "War of the Wakening Phantoms," another patchwork of contrasting moods and tones that holds together in vibe without another buried storyline. Mixed by Dave Bianco in L.A. (Teenage Fanclub, Frank Black, Jayhawks), the new album surges with sadness and optimism- bright and melancholy psychedelia touching on rock n' roll's timeless themes: heartbreak, frustration, longing and idealistic joy. "War of the Wakening Phantoms" will be released June 7th in Canada and July 12th in the US on Rainbow Quartz Records, with a European release slated for early fall 2005.