On Thursday, Dec 3, the band Tall Heights performed in Southern New Hampshire University’s (SNHU) Last Chapter Pub at 9 p.m.
This is just one stop for the three-man band’s tour. The bandmates are all from the Boston and have been performing as a trio for the past six months.
Before that, the band was a guitar-cello duo. The guitarist, Tim Harrington, and cellist, Paul Wright, were childhood friends who shared a love for music.
They performed together for nearly half a decade. Percussionist Paul Dumas has been “a positive attribute to the band,” said guitarist Harrington. Dumas began playing drums when he was thirteen years old and said he “fell in love with music from there.”
Wright spoke about playing cello from a young age and gave quality advice for any beginning strings player, “You just need to practice long and slow, and remember that it will take time.” Wright also said that his love for the cello started when his late grandfather gave him the gift of music. The song titled Back to Autumn is in honor of his late grandfather.
The band began the show talking about Harrington’s comical mishap with his dog earlier that day that left him with a split eyebrow. This was a precursor for the rest of the show. There were many comedy breaks throughout the performance, the best of which was discussing SNHU’s mascot, Petey the Penman.
The band, during the show, announced that they hope that their music will relieve some of the stress that finals are bringing students. After the show, the band mates stated that they would love to meet with the Penman Mascot.
Breaking news arrived just before the band took the stage; The ABC Family original series The Fosters will be playing a single from Tall heights’ new EP Holding on, Holding Out, already out.
The SNHU community at the concert was the first to be told the news along with one big spoiler for the episode the song will be aired on.
The band Tall Heights is a very personable trio with a harmony-heavy folk indie sound. The groundbreaking sounds that the band creates are all their own, made with electronics, synthesizers, drums loops, Casio keyboards, and plenty of shimmer and shine. Their stage presence is unlike any other of their kind.
Communication across the stage is seamlessly accomplished with just a single glance. The cello adds a new texture that is rarely heard in any similar music. The band’s swelling riffs, smooth drum transitions, and a driven sound work together to create a performance that will be remembered for years to come.