Feel-good 70’s inspired pop music isn’t a lost art. The idea that music as an art form can be directed to making a political statement is still a popular outlet for the frustrations artists feel towards the current political climate. In an age where many, many people are entirely disenchanted with politics and afraid of the looming possibility of World War III, it is impossible for people to stay silent. Sharing in this mindset is the Sacramento-based American High, who released their debut album Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement on March 8th, 2017.
“This is an anti-war record. Songs like “September” and “I Can’t Change” are our attempts to put a human face on the costs of trying to force the world to do what we want them to do. We think everyone should concentrate on minding our own business rather than point guns at each other and demand obedience” says the group, of the album’s intended purpose.
Bearing stylistic similarities to Cat Stevens, Tom Petty and even contemporary political rock icons Green Day, American High blends Americana, wholesome Rock and Roll with the civil unrest and turmoil of Vietnam-era music. It’s a wholly interesting blend to see re-emerging amidst history seemingly repeating itself before our very eyes. The inner jacket of the album displays an optimistic message of peace, equality and resistance of oppression that resonates with the people who have been experiencing dysphoria with the things going on around us that are seemingly outside our control. American High’s album is music for the discontented and those who will continue to fight, even in the face of a fascist regime.