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Up To High Doh

by U.S.Highball

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In Scottish parlance, to be up to high doh means to find oneself in a state of nervous excitement. Written, recorded and mixed at their home studio in Glasgow during the particularly fraught Spring of 2020, the duo’s sophomore album perfectly reflects the giddy anxiety implied by its title.

Eternal believers in the unmatched power of a two-minute pop song, James and Calvin have capably expanded on the homespun arrangements of ‘Great Record’, their short, sharp shock of a debut album. The tunes on ‘Up to High Doh’ add up to an even shorter, sharper shock that draws inspiration from their rain-soaked home city’s rich legacy of DIY pop music, the indomitable energy of African highlife and the taut, spiky melodicism of power pop’s golden age.

These twelve absurdly catchy tracks, including interpretations of songs by Vic Ruggiero and Geoff Farina, are bursting with small, idiosyncratic details, both musical and lyrical, that elevate them above their deceptively simple structures. This is pure, precise pop at its most insistent.


released November 20, 2020

Songs written and performed by Calvin & James in Spring 2020
Track 3. written by Vic Ruggiero and Track 11 written by Geoff Farina.
Recorded and Mixed by James in Yorkhill, Glasgow Scotland
Mastered by Ian Farmer at The Metal Shop, Philadelphia PA


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Calvin & James
Glasgow, Scotland

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