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Emotional hardcore band FALSE HIGHS uveil a heart-rending, intense debut “The Hand That Feeds You”

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GΓ€vle, Sweden based emotional hardcore band FALSE HIGHS are indepndently releasing their outstanding debut album β€œThe 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, β€œThe 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 β€œcreative 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.”

False Highs - Erik
False Highs – Erik

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.”

π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ π‘Žπ‘™π‘π‘’π‘š 𝑖𝑠 π‘Ž π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘“π‘™π‘’π‘π‘‘π‘–π‘œπ‘› π‘œπ‘› β„Žπ‘œπ‘€ π‘¦π‘œπ‘’ π‘‘π‘’π‘Žπ‘™ π‘€π‘–π‘‘β„Ž π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ β„Žπ‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘  𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒 π‘‘β„Žπ‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘€π‘  π‘Žπ‘‘ π‘¦π‘œπ‘’, π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘π‘Žπ‘–π‘› π‘œπ‘“ π‘™π‘œπ‘ π‘ , π‘”π‘Ÿπ‘–π‘’π‘“, 𝑔𝑒𝑖𝑙𝑑 π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘–π‘›π‘Žπ‘π‘–π‘™π‘–π‘‘π‘¦ π‘‘π‘œ π‘π‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘‘π‘’π‘π‘‘ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘π‘’π‘œπ‘π‘™π‘’ π‘¦π‘œπ‘’ π‘™π‘œπ‘£π‘’ π‘“π‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘š π‘ π‘œπ‘šπ‘’ π‘œπ‘“ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’π‘ π‘’ π‘‘β„Žπ‘–π‘›π‘”π‘ .

“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.”

False Highs - Olle
False Highs – Olle

The GΓ€vle 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.”

False Highs - Seamen's Church
False Highs – Seamen’s Church, where the band tracked their new album

The band says that as of now the scene in GΓ€vle 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 - GavleΓ₯n
False Highs – GavleΓ₯n

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.”

False Highs - Erik
False Highs – Erik

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