Following on from the release of the singles ‘Tonight’ and ‘Gazing’ in mid-April 2020, Los Angeles based alternative/indie-rock band, High Grass, have released a new 5 track EP, ‘The Black Door’, which was written and recorded in Cuba where the band started.
After forming in Cuba in 2012, it wasn’t long before High Grass started making quite a name for themselves, being nominated for “Best Rock Band of Cuba” on the Award TV show “Cuerda Viva” and performing at Havana World Music Festival in 2015.
Shortly after settling in Los Angeles in 2016, High Grass captured the attention of Jacquire King (multi-Grammy award winning producer), Christian Paschall (Maren Morris’ drummer) and Matt Bissonette (Elton John’s bass player), all of whom they have since collaborated with.
High Grass‘ current lineup includes Russian vocalist Kristina Miranda, Cuban guitarist and Grammy-nominated engineer, Marciel Miranda, and American drummer, Adam Ponce.
The band’s music is inspired by their experiences of living in Havana, Moscow and the US, but they primarily create music to bring attention to the struggles that people experience living in Cuba, a country where rock and roll music was once banned and is still renowned for its rebel expression.
They are renowned for writing ambitious and frank songs about everyday life and relationships, with dark and introspective, yet hopeful, undertones. Track 4 of the EP, ‘Tough’, is a testament to the band’s songwriting reputation, with lyrics like: ‘I suffered enough, I gotta be tough to pick up the pieces of me when it’s over‘.
The EP has been a long time in the making. The title track, ‘The Black Door’, is the first song Kristina and Marciel wrote together.
Lead vocalist, Kristina, who is originally from Moscow, Russia, explains that the EP:
‘… is a throwback to the beginning of our journey that started in Cuba, where we wrote and recorded all these songs. Every track is full of energy and there is a storytelling involved. We wanted to bring different topics to the table such as relationships, women empowerment, life motivation, drug addiction, TV criticism…The black door symbolises the unknown and certain choices we all have to make at some moment in our lives. The cover for our EP is reminiscent of the Pink Floyd cover, referencing the continuity that bridges the generations and different cultures.’
‘The Black Door’ is an energetic and lyrical throwback to the early 2010s that is sure to bring High Grass and their origins yet more international attention.