Leeds, England’s HIGHER POWER have revealed a special two-song acoustic performance of “Lost In Static” and “In The Meantime,” both of which are featured on the group’s Roadrunner Records debut LP, 27 Miles Underwater. The performances, which debuted via PASTE, are streaming now on Higher Power’s YouTube channel. Surrounded by candles, the band nod to iconic nineties MTV Unplugged performances as they deconstruct their hardcore framework into bare acoustic reflections.
27 Miles Underwater has quietly become one of the most talked-about rock records of 2020. Revolver, Kerrang!, and Stereogum have all placed it on roundups of the “Best Albums of 2020 So Far.” As part of “The Best Indie Albums of 2020 So Far,” UPROXX claimed, “27 Miles Underwater proves that Higher Power have a unique range of versatility.” Christening it one of “The 20 Best Punk Albums of 2020 (So Far),” Paste Magazine stated, “Throughout eleven tracks, they manage to pack as much as they can into their sound: punk, hardcore, metal, ‘90s alt, crossover thrash, sludge, you name it. There’s not a boring moment on the album.” Meanwhile, Brooklyn Vegan touted the record among “Our 25 Favorite Albums: 1st quarter 2020” and declaring: “Higher Power have jam-packed the album with mountain-sized choruses.”
Comprised of brothers Jimmy Wizard (vocals) and Alex Wizard (drums), Louis Hardy (guitar), Max Harper (guitar), and Ethan Wilkinson (bass), Higher Power quickly established themselves as a crossover force with their self-titled three-song demo in early 2015. Bucking trends and forgoing boundaries, word of the group’s NYHC inspired grooves and positive expression quickly spread throughout England. Space to Breathe, a three-song 7-inch, followed in August 2015 stacking layers of social consciousness and progressive intellect on top of the band’s trashing compositions. Higher Power’s full-length debut, Soul Structure, arrived in 2017 to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, as their post-genre approach filtered hardcore through a sonic spectrum of funk, rap, rock and psychedelia. An unrelenting live act, Higher Power have been embraced for their euphoric performances on tours alongside Turnstile, Angel Du$t, and Knocked Loose.