Gävle, Sweden based emotional hardcore band FALSE HIGHS are indepndently releasing their outstanding debut album “The Hand That Feeds You” today on all digital platforms, and we’re super honored to be a part of this milestone and give you a special insight into their work, local music community and furher commentary below.
Constantly shifting in dynamics with aggressive vocals, hard hitting drums to softpicking guitarparts, “The Hand That Feeds You” consists of 25 minutes of aggressive emotive-hardcore with lyrics addressing personal struggles, mental illness and grief. With nods to the likes of their hometown pals and one of our beloved emtional hardcore bands MELEEH, FALSE HIGHS deliver a strikingly engaging exploration of tough issues, making something truly singular
“Olle, Erik and Gustav. Three close friends from this small-ish port town in Sweden, where we play melodic hardcore with a sound that could be described as unique to this town.” – admits the band. “Our way of viewing music has always resonated the same to us, and if it didn’t we would not be doing this. To us It’s about a personal “creative release”, a platform for us to express what we were feeling or going through at a specific point of time in our lives. Now we are at a point in life where we feel that we have something to share and that is what this album was born from.”
Asked about their commentary for the new album and the content behind their emotions packed songs, FALSE HIGHS continued: “The first track on the album is titled “The Blues”, and when you listen to it you get a pretty clear picture of what’s to come.”
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑏𝑢𝑚 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑟𝑒𝑓𝑙𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑛 ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑑𝑒𝑎𝑙 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑜𝑟𝑟𝑜𝑟𝑠 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑤𝑠 𝑎𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢, 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑠, 𝑔𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑓, 𝑔𝑢𝑖𝑙𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑏𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑡𝑜 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑡𝑒𝑐𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠.
“The track “Shiver” deals with the pain of being or just feeling alone, and what a dark and horrible place that can be. The closing track “What’s truly lost” is a personal song to all of us and you can interpret it in many ways, but to me (Gustav) the song is about the death of someone close to you. The sadness of what it’s like to gradually lose the memories of that person. These are all dark topics but to us making our music about them, is a way to deal with them and I guess you could call it a cathartic experience.”
The Gävle hardcore
“The sound of melodic hardcore from Gefle. I guess it would be too much to call it the “midwest emo”-version of Sweden, but it is a unique melancholy sound that has existed since the 90’s with such bands as Meleeh, Leiah, Dead Silent Days, Serene, etc.”
The band agrees that Meleeh encapsulates this sound perfectly and really puts it on the map. “They are of course a big influence on us but I think we have our own unique thing going on. The heritage of these bands and this sound is important to us and hopefully we can carry on the legacy and inspire others to do the same.”
The band says that as of now the scene in Gävle or even Sweden in general has been basically non-existent for the last couple of years.
“Covid has played a big part in that but, it is also a recurring thing that has been going on for years prior.”- they say. “So about every 10 years or so the hardcore scene resurface and bands are forming, people are putting together gigs and it is great. Then it goes away for a couple of years and you only see the odd gig here and there.”
FALSE HIGHS hope that we are entering a resurfacing period in the coming years. “For us however the band will always be there and it is our outlet so we will always make music even if the scene is in hibernation, we have plenty of songs and ideas for a new record so the future feels great.”