J-14 is scouting out the hottest bands around... and this week's pick is The Higher!
Here are five things you need to know about The Higher, whose album, It's Only Natural, is out now!
1- The band used to be called September Star and the title of their album, It's Only Natural is taken from The Kinks' song, "Come Dancing."
2- They're currently touring with Quietdrive through November 16.
3- The album has something for everyone! "We wrote the best songs that The Higher has ever written on this record. No matter what kind of music you listen to, you're going to find at least two songs that are your favorite," lead singer Seth Trotter says. "We have two songs the girls are going to love, two rock songs the guys who loved our old sound want, two R&B songs for those who liked our stuff like 'Insurance," two slow jams that people have been begging us to do for a long time, and two straight-up pop songs. It's like Noah's Ark on this record -- there's two of everything!"
4- The Higher has a cover of Ne-Yo's "Closer" as a bonus track! "People who like rock may never listen to Ne-Yo, but the song is so undeniable that they might give our version a chance. Plus we like to mess around with covers and mix them up," Trotter says.
5- The band is OBSESSED with the iPhone game "Words With Friends" and invite fans to challenge them! Their user names are: Duugfresh, HigherBoo, and TheHigherface. And if you beat them and prove it's you to them at a show, they'll give you a special gift! :)
Check out their video for "It's Only Natural":
Let us know what you think of The Higher!
Photo: Courtesy of Casey Curry/Epitaph Records