It’s been over a decade since The Higher, born and raised in Las Vegas, toured town to town and released their third studio album It’s Only Natural via Epitaph Records.
What felt like an indefinite hiatus has come to an end and The Higher has officially returned. Over the past month, the pop-rock quartet have been making waves with the release of their comeback single “Free Ride”; giving fans a preview of their forthcoming EP Elvis in Wonderland – which will be released on October 14, 2022 via Secret Friends Music Group.
With no intention of stopping their momentum, The Higher today released the second single from their upcoming project: the title track “Elvis in Wonderland” on DSP. For the group, “Elvis in Wonderland” is a commentary on the feeling that Las Vegas brings to those who desire a well-deserved escape. Coupled with hard-hitting kicks and dancing guitar riffs, “Elvis in Wonderland” is the perfect textbook for that early 2000s emo and pop rock energy we all know and love.
“Singing on Fremont a few times a week since we disbanded has given me a different perspective of Vegas. There’s a million characters all wandering around, trying to scratch that itch in a way that only this place can provide. “I tried to put myself in their shoes. What would Vegas be like as a tourist? I’m jealous, I’ll never know.”
– Seth Trotter, lead singer of The Higher
Tucked away with the single’s release is a colorful visual directed and edited by Alex Bemis that pays homage to the EP’s overarching themes and continues the story of our Elvis impersonator in “Free Ride.” Against the backdrop of the casino’s pulsating lights, the music video focuses on Elvis out of hours, completely drunk in the euphoria of it all. He’s simply Elvis, unfiltered – in a Vegas wonderland.
“I found the Elvis we used for the video on Craigslist. Bob. Great guy. We took a literal approach to the Elvis video. We wanted to show what it’s like to be Elvis at the wonderland, and Bob made it.” – Reggie Ragan, guitarist of The Higher
The Elvis in Wonderland EP hits DSPs everywhere on October 14 and will be available on vinyl via Secret Friends Music Group, Take This To Heart Records and Parting Gift Records. Fans can now pre-order merchandise bundles with limited quantity vinyl variants in colors such as Half Gold/Half Bone with Black Splashes, Crush Orange with Easter Yellow and Red Splashes, Neon Yellow and Ultra Clear with Easter Splashes. gold.
The Higher rode the wave of pop-rock stardom in the early 2000s after sharing the stage with emo big names including Panic! At The Disco, Taking Back Sunday, Motion City Soundtrack, Silverstein, and more.
Their unique brand of rock fused with a hint of groove earned their fan-favorite LP On Fire a No. 9 spot on the Billboard Heatseekers Charts, in heavy rotation on multiple MTV channels and on the radar of top tastemakers including SPIN, Kerrang!, Fuse, and more. Now, the Epitaph Records alumni are leveraging everything they know from their debut milestones to shine brighter than ever for their 2022 comeback.
They are set to share their first release since 2009, the EP Elvis In Wonderland which will be released on October 14, 2022 via Secret Friends Music Group. The new tracks encompass their rejuvenated sound and new era fusing elements of dance pop, emo and R&B with a pop-punk twist. With Seth Trotter on vocals, Reggie Ragan on guitar and vocals, and George Lind rounding out the lineup on drums, The Higher are ready to soar again. Vinyl bundles and pre-orders are available here.
Watch the music video for “Elvis In Wonderland” on YouTube. The Higher’s latest EP, Elvis In Wonderland, will be available to stream October 14 via Secret Friends Music Group.
Watch the new music video here:
The highest tour dates in the United States in 2022
with Anarbor, Animal Sun*
with The Ghost Club, Little Hag, Bad Luck ^
Sunday, September 25 – Birmingham, AL @ Furnace Fest
Friday, October 21 – Las Vegas, NV @ When We Were Hungry Fest (EP Release Show)
Thursday, November 3 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Wasted Grain*
Friday, November 4 – Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues [Parish Room] *
Saturday, November 5 – San Diego, CA @ Showroom*
Sunday, November 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theater *
Thursday, November 17 – Montclair, NJ @ Vestry Concerts (SOLD OUT) ^
Friday, November 18 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House Of Independents ^
Saturday, November 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Monarch ^